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Blue Point aimed at Meydan

25th November 2018, 14:46 by Gareth Freeman

Trainer Charlie Appleby says Blue Point's top target next year will be the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Blue Point had to pull out of this year's edition of the race after blood was found in his nostrils before he was loaded into the stalls ahead of the Group One contest.

The King's Stand Stakes winner has raced twice since that success at Ascot in June, finishing third in the Nunthorpe at York in his most recent outing, and Appleby is targeting the Dubai race for the four-year-old for 2019.

"He has been out there and done it before, but unfortunately it didn't happen for him in this year's Al Quoz because the horse had the problem at the starting stalls," said Appleby, as reported by Sky Sports.

"It was disappointing at the time. But that is racing, and two minutes later we were applauding [stablemate] Jungle Cat back into the winner's enclosure.

"He did well after that incident, winning at Royal Ascot, and we know that five and six-furlong races are his gig. He will be aimed at sprint races out there, and we will work back from the Al Quoz again."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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