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William Buick makes perfect return from injury as Blue Point shines at Ascot

Blue Point lands the Bengough Stakes at Ascot

William Buick made a winning comeback from injury when making all the running on Blue Point in the John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot.

Absent since fracturing his T12 vertebra in a fall from the ill-fated Permian at Arlington Park in August, Buick wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet.

With no apparent pace in the Group Three contest, Buick was allowed an easy lead on the Charlie Appleby-trained Commonwealth Cup third and Sprint Cup fourth Blue Point, who was soon several lengths clear of the field.

However, the even-money favourite got lonely in front and was getting caught after being in the lead so long. Projection was gaining at the line and got within half a length of Blue Point. Magical Memory was three and a quarter lengths away in third.

Buick told ITV Racing: "He's a better horse on fast ground. He has shown today he's quite versatile making all the running on pretty slow ground.He's a good horse and I believe he's staying in training so we'll see more of him next year.

"It's fantastic and I have to thank a lot of people. First of all, Sheikh Mohammed who has been very supportive all along and this horse is not a bad ride to come back on, so my thanks to Charlie and all the team at home.

"It's nice to be back and thankfully I didn't make any mistakes.This year's three-year-old sprinters are a fantastic bunch and Charlie and everyone at home have had no qualms about him.

"We have always thought he was right up there with them and he's a horse that is going to be dining at the top table with all the others."

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