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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.
Brought along steadily at two and three (two wins from six starts), he began the 2017 campaign as a four-year-old 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
He began 2018 by travelling to Dubai and beating all bar Hawkbill in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic. Runner-up in three Group 1 races, it seemed he might be destined to keep coming up short at the highest level.
But then came his next start at Royal Ascot when, better than ever, he took the scalp of Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. There was much attention on the lazy way Cracksman raced but Poet’s Word put him in place by more than two lengths, with another old foe, Hawkbill, ten lengths back in third.
“I left him a bit of a task, they went quick and I didn’t want to start chasing a position. It looks great, but if I’d been beaten a neck I’d have been really frustrated.”
BCS Career statistics
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