The headlines on the final day of Royal Ascot 2019 were stolen by Blue Point as he secured a remarkable double after winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
The five-year-old made a blistering start to the 2019 Festival after defending his crown in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.
Trainer Charlie Appleby and owners Godolphin decided to take a chance on the bay horse as they prepare to retire him this autumn.
Australian Choisir was the last horse to win the double in 2003 and Appleby paid tribute to his team after his charge held off Dream Of Dreams.
He told Sky Racing: “Big thanks to all my team, I wouldn’t be here without them. And we can’t do it without the horse. I think we will just let the dust settle (before making any plans). This was always going to be his last year.
“Whether we decide to run him again or not, we will just enjoy this moment.”
Jockey James Doyle also tasted success in the first race of the day as he steered home another Appleby runner, Pinatubo.
After winning at Wolverhampton and Epsom Downs, Pinatubo extended his winning run after fending off pre-race favourite Lope Y Fernandez.
The Jersey Stakes went to Space Traveller, who stunned favourite Space Blues in the second race of the day on Saturday.
With the ground continuing to dry up and quicken, Defoe took full advantage in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge won the Coronation Cup just three weeks ago and showed no signs of fatigue as he held off Nagano Gold and Mirage Dancer.
Derby hero Masar returned for the first time since his win at Epsom but stumbled badly after coming out of the stalls.
The final two races provided plenty of excitement as both handicap contests provided thrilling action.
Cape Byron won the Wokingham Stakes and Group races could soon be beckoning for trainer Roger Varian, while in the final race there was plenty of emotion as jockey Silvestre de Sousa steered home Cleonte, who was owned by the late Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Odds subject to change.