Poet's Word wins the Price of Wales's as Cracksman falters

Filed on 21 Jun 2018 @ 10:11

Sir Michael Stoute became the winning-most trainer at Royal Ascot after Poet’s Word (11/2) provided the Newmarket trainer with his 76th victory at the Royal Meeting, getting the better of 2/5 favourite Cracksman in the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Ridden by James Doyle, Poet’s Word stalked Cracksman in the early stages of the 10-furlong contest and unleashed a potent turn of foot in the straight to score comfortably by two and a quarter-lengths.

Stoute, who trained his first Royal Ascot winner back in 1977 with Etienne Gerard in the Jersey Stakes, was tied on 75 victories at the Royal Meeting with the late Sir Henry Cecil.

Discussing the achievement Stoute said: “It is relief because we were stuck on 75 last year. As I said the other night, Henry did most of his training when it was a four-day meeting, so I have had an advantage. Nobody respected him greater than I did as a trainer.

“Cracksman beat Poet’s Word a long way here last time [in the Champion Stakes]. Maybe Cracksman is not at his very best now but we have beaten the others comprehensively.

“Poet’s Word is a very consistent, brave, sound horse. That’s what he is. A huge well done to all the staff because they have put a lot of work into a horse like this.

“I was delighted for Poet’s Word. He’s been in at the deep-end in G1s and has been running well in them, so it’s great for him to win one.

“I think Royal Ascot is very special to any trainer. We have been very lucky in that we have brought a lot of nice horses here over the years.

“We’re very glad it’s happened and it’s great for all the staff.

John Gosden, trainer of the Frankel four-year-old colt Cracksman said: “His run wasn’t too dissimilar to Epsom. I noticed going up the hill at Epsom that he wasn’t really travelling, even on good to soft ground.

“He is a clever horse and to that extent, as I said earlier before the race, he was welcoming all the fillies that were walking back from the Duke Of Cambridge on the way back to the stables. I think we need to concentrate his mind, as we know the ability is there.

“I make absolutely no excuses whatsoever. The other horse [Poet’s Word] had him covered from two out. To my mind, he is just playing around a little bit. He did it at Epsom, but he didn’t do it first time out at Longchamp.

“At no stage today was he travelling or carrying Frankie [Dettori].

“To that extent we will get him home and sharpen him a little bit. We might look into the King George (G1, Ascot, 1½ miles, July 28).

“The ability was there but I didn’t feel he was being exactly generous with it today. You did notice from a long way out that Frankie was having to nudge and nudge him.”

Filed on 21 Jun 2018 @ 10:11