His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has asserted his contentment with the accomplishment of UAE horses at the Royal Ascot horse race, which is regarded Britain’s most popular race meeting.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid accepted the winning trophy from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom after Godolphin’s Blue Point, ridden by James Doyle and trained by Charlie Appleby, dashed to victory and took the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) title. Blue Point created history at Royal Ascot after holding the title of King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day of the racing festival. Since Choisir, Blue Point became the first horse to win two Royal Ascot races.
Amidst cheers from crowds, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid accepted the award from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
Earlier, Godolphin’s Pinatubo smashed the two-year-old course record in the Listed Chesham Stakes to assert the title. In the Jersey Stakes (Group 3), Godolphin’s Space Blues came in second spot.
Another win for UAE horses on Royal Ascot’s fifth day went to Defoe after rushing to the finish line to secure the Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) title.
Accomplishments by UAE horses continued since the start of this year’s Royal Ascot as His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Addeybb won the Wolferton Stakes title on the very first day.
On day two of the racing week, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Raffle Prize won the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) title. Also, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum’s Move Swiftly was able to cling to the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) prize. On the same day, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Afaak took away the Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) title.
On the third day at Royal Ascot racecourse, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Dee Ex Bee came in second in the Gold Cup (Group 1) race.