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Poet's Word Wins Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Monday, 30th July 2018

At Ascot racecourse in the UK, Darley's deceased Gr1-winning shuttler Poet's Voice (Dubawi-Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown) celebrated a top-flight success when 5YO Irish-bred entire Poet's Word (Poet's Voice-Whirly Bird, by Nashwan) scored a thrilling win over his highly rated stable-mate Crystal Ocean in the Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (12 furlongs) for 3YO+. The John Gosden-trained Coronet was third. The win provided trainer Sir Michael Stoute with a record-breaking sixth success in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Poet's Word joined the legendary Shergar (1981), Opera House (1993), Golan (2002), Conduit (2009) and Harbinger (2010) as Stoute-trained winners of the British midsummer showpiece. Stoute said it had "taken a long time" to get a sixth King George winner. "They are two such admirable horses and it's delightful to train them. I always felt he (Poet's Word) wouldn't get there until the last 100 yards or so," Stoute told Sky Sports. "It's a great mid-season race and we've been luckily enough to do well in it. It's a great team effort, you have no idea how much they put into these horses." Poet's Word advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes, Gr3 Glorious Stakes & Gr3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Sheema Classic & Gr1 Champion Stakes) from 16 starts for £2,692,617 in earnings.

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