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“A typical Sir Michael Stoute-trained improver”. A familiar phrase, and one certainly applicable to the trainer’s Poet’s Word.
The four-year-old began the 2017 campaign running in a handicap at Chelmsford, albeit off a lofty mark of 104, and ended it finishing runner-up to Cracksman in the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Ascot, having been touched off in the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Leopardstown on his penultimate start.
Before that, the Saeed Suhail-owned colt had won the Betfred Glorious Stakes at Goodwood.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager for Suhail, is excited for 2018.
“He’s run a great race,” Raymond said after the Ascot run. “Of course, the ground was very heavy today for him and not many horses like it that heavy but he has gone on it and run really well.
“He looked like being fourth but stayed on well again to finish second so we are delighted with him. I’m sure he’ll definitely come back next year and we have a lot to look forward to. He stays really well and is getting better.
“Poet’s Word may go to Dubai early next year as the owner would be keen but we’ll see what happens.”
The colt duly did travel to Dubai and beat all bar Hawkbill in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic. He seems bound to make his presence felt in the top races this summer.
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