Poet’s has final word as Stoute breaks Royal Ascot record | Racing News

Last Updated: 20/06/18 4:40pm

Poet's Word wins under James Doyle

Poet’s Word wins under James Doyle

Sir Michael Stoute became the winning-most trainer in Royal Ascot history when Poet’s Word claimed victory in the Prince of Wale’s Stakes.

The Newmarket great is now out on his own with 76 triumphs at the Royal fixture – one ahead of the late Sir Henry Cecil – after the 11-2 chance defeated hot favourite Cracksman by two and a quarter lengths.

Stoute said: “It’s a relief because we were stuck on it (75 winners) last year. It (Royal Ascot) is special to every trainer.

“We’ve been very lucky to have a lot of nice horses over the years.”

Cracksman never showed his best form throughout the Group One over a mile and a quarter, whereas Poet’s Word was bright and alert under James Doyle and won handsomely.

Stoute added: “Maybe Cracksman isn’t at his best now, but we beat the others comprehensively. He’s a very consistent, brave horse.”

Doyle said: “I was travelling all over him (Cracksman), it was just a case of hanging on.”

Stoute added: “Maybe Cracksman isn’t at his best now, but we beat the others comprehensively. He’s a very consistent, brave horse.”Doyle said: “I was travelling all over him (Cracksman), it was just a case of hanging on.”John Gosden, the trainer of Cracksman, said: “I make no excuses whatsoever. The other horse on the day had him covered from two out. To my mind he is just playing around a bit. He did it at Epsom, but he didn’t do it first time out at Longchamp.”At no stage was he travelling or carrying Frankie (Dettori).”



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