Group success for Shamardal’s son Blue Point
Blue Point: the seventh foal out of the Royal Applause mare Scarlett Rose
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Blue Point an emphatic winner of the Gimcrack
By Zoe Vicarage 6:10PM 20 AUG 2016
BLUE POINT ran out the emphatic three-length winner of the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York on Saturday.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt was settled behind the leaders in the early stages of the race before making his move two furlongs from home.
It was in the final furlong were the juvenile – a close second in the Richmond Stakes last time out – asserted his dominance before pulling clear to notch his first success at Group level.
Bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock, the son of Shamardal is the seventh foal out of the placed Royal Applause mare Scarlett Rose, a half-sister to high-class 7f performer Tumbleweed Ridge.
That makes Blue Point a closely related half-brother to Group 2 Railway Stakes winner Formosina (by another son of Giant's Causeway in Footstepsinthesand) and is a half-brother to the winner Esytopolishadiamond.
Further back it is the family of Queen Mary Stakes winner Gilded, the dam of this season's Listed-winning sprinter Fort Del Oro.
Scarlett Rose was barren to Shamardal and to Garswood in the last two breeding seasons and was covered by Night Of Thunder this year.
Blue Point was offered by his breeders at the 2014 Tattersalls December Foal Sale where he was snapped up by Ebor Bloodstock for 110,000gns. Returning to Park Paddocks as a yearling last year, John Ferguson parted with 200,000gns to secure the colt.
Blue Point is the leading two-year-old earner for his sire Shamardal this year.
The 14-year-old son of Giant's Causeway stands at Darley's Kildangan Stud and was trained by Mark Johnston and then Saeed Bin Suroor to win four races at the highest level – the Dewhurst Stakes, Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix du Jockey Club and St James's Palace Stakes.
Since retiring to stud he has supplied a number of top-class performers including four-time Group 1 winner Able Friend, Racing Post Trophy scorer and now first-season sire Casamento, and 2010 Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Lope De Vega.