• 2-5 favourite Cracksman denied by jockey James Doyle
One Ascot legend handed the baton to another here on Wednesday, as Frankie Dettori’s golden run of form came to an abrupt halt and Sir Michael Stoute claimed outright possession of the all-time trainers’ record at the Royal meeting. Poet’s Word, a five-year-old who embodies Stoute’s patient approach, beat the Dettori-ridden favourite Cracksman with ease in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and his trainer now has his 76th Royal Ascot winner.
For the second race running, Cracksman did not produce the form that carried him to a seven-length success in the Champion Stakes over the same mile and a quarter in October. Poet’s Word was the runner-up on that occasion and for all Stoute’s brilliance with maturing horses, it is hard to believe he has improved by 10 lengths since the autumn.
Written by Greg Wood at Royal Ascot
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/20/royal-ascot-sir-michael-stoute-poets-word under the title “Sir Michael Stoute puts Frankie Dettori in the shade with Poet’s Word victory”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.