Charlie Appleby to be on Point for Sprint Cup


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Trainer Charlie Appleby hopes to have Blue Point back in action for another tilt at Harry Angel in next month’s Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The three-year-old son of Shamardal hasn’t been spotted since finishing a close third behind Caravaggio and Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June.

He had earlier defeated the latter in the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot and has won four of his eight races to date.

The Clive Cox-trained Harry Angel reversed the Royal Ascot form in spectacular fashion when winning the July Cup at Newmarket, taking the measure of Aidan O’Brien’s Caravaggio and some proven older sprinters like Limato in the process.

Appleby meanwhile elected to give Blue Point a midsummer break following the Commonwealth Cup.

Both sprinters are owned by Godolphin but Appleby appears keen on another clash with Harry Angel on Merseyside.

“Blue Point is in good nick and he is cantering away now. All being well, he will head to Haydock,” said the trainer.

“The next couple of weeks will be telling when we step his exercise up again.

“He looks great and it is not like we are dealing with a horse that has been injured and his having his first run of the season.

“He has had that bit of a break and I’m very pleased with him.

“Blue Point brings some very consistent form to the table and I am looking forward to seeing him back in action.”

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