Charlie Appleby’s Blue Point ready to roll in Saturday’s John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot racecourse

 William Buick is back from injury

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CHARLIE APPLEBY’S Blue Point is reported to be in tip-top shape ahead of Saturday’s John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot.

It will be William Buick’s first ride after returning from eight weeks on the sidelines following his fall at Arlington.

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William Buick is back from injury

Blue Point was last seen finishing fourth in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock and Appleby reckons that will have blown the cobwebs again.

Appleby said: “He’s in really good form. We’ve been delighted with him since Haydock. That was his first run since Royal Ascot and he’d probably done a bit too well over the summer.

 Blue Point will be "the one to beat" according to Appleby

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Blue Point will be “the one to beat” according to Appleby

“We think he’s definitely improved from that run going into Saturday. He has come forward a good bit, mentally and physically.

“Getting back on a bit better ground will definitely help and if he can reproduce any of his previous runs at Ascot it will put him right in the mix.

 Blue Point has the option of Champions Day later in the season


Blue Point has the option of Champions Day later in the season

“Rather than throw ourselves back in at the deep end again and go straight to Champions Day, we thought we’d go to Ascot and take it from there. He looks the one to beat.”

Magical Memory bids to bounce back from a poor run at Haydock, when the going was too soft for the Charlie Hills-trained grey.

“He’s in great nick. Charlie thinks he’s been in as good a form as he’s been in all season,” said Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds.

“He has to put that Haydock run behind him, but he should run a really good race. Blue Point’s a big danger.

 Magical Memory should be fine on the ground


Magical Memory should be fine on the ground

“The ground seems to be drying out and might be good to soft as worst.”

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1.50 Ascot – Waady: ‘Last run was a cracker and on ratings should be involved’ (add to your betslip)

2.05 Newmarket – Rose Berry: ‘Consistent performer and has a great each-way chance’ (add to your betslip)

2.25 Ascot – Waldgeist: ‘The stand out horse in the field’ (add to your betslip)

2.40 Newmarket – Qemah: ‘Classy Royal Ascot winner and can bounce back to her best’ (add to your betslip)

3.00 Ascot – Projection: ‘Been an unlucky horse and better than his results’ (add to your betslip)

3.20 Redcar – Darkanna: ‘Her form puts her in with a big chance in this field’ (add to your betslip)

3.35 Ascot – Straight Right: ‘Jockey Oisin Murphy is in great form and should suit his style’ (add to your betslip)

“He’s in good order. He’s been working very well and he should run a good race,” said trainer Mick Appleby.

“The ground should be perfect for him and he likes the track. We’re hoping for a good run. Everything should be in his favour.”

 Danzeno (right) is set to head to Ascot

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Danzeno (right) is set to head to Ascot

Karl Burke is hoping the ground does not try out much more for Simmie, who has not run for 119 days.

“We’re waiting for the ground, really,” said the Leyburn handler.

“It’s drying out for her again a little bit, but she should show herself up well.”

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