Blue Point will attempt to spell out in red letters that he is the best sprinter around as he tackles a classy field in Hong Kong on Sunday.
In the Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize, the Charlie Appleby-trained colt faces a batch of slick locals that include no fewer than five from the stable of John Size, including ante-post favourite Mr Stunning and Ivictory.
However, Appleby knows that in William Buick’s mount he has a major card to play, hailing Blue Point as “easily the best sprinter I’ve trained”.
Godolphin may have enjoyed a fruitful World Cup night at Meydan but Appleby is adamant Blue Point was his best winning chance before being ruled out at the start owing to a minor nostril bleed.
He had Blue Point at or close to his peak for that abortive Al Quoz Sprint mission and his job subsequently has been to keep the powerful bay colt on the boil.
He explained: “It was a very minor thing, so much so that he went straight back into training the following day.
“He was at peak fitness and I didn’t want to have to let him down again, so this race came in very handy and at just the right time with Royal Ascot also in my mind.
“On all European form, he was my best chance on World Cup night. He was at his best level and if he’d been beaten I would have been in a dark room somewhere.”
Appleby has been pleased with Blue Point’s preparation while in Hong Kong, especially his work around a bend on turf on Thursday.
He added: “This might sound a bit touchy feely, but he’s the best sprinter I’ve had anything to do with. The ground will suit and his draw in six gives William plenty of options.”
Nine go to post with the Yoshitada Takahashi-trained Fine Needle another Godolphin representative after winning a Grade One heat in Japan last month.