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Poet's Word in historic victory for Sir Michael

By Keith Hamer

Poet's Word created history in the Prince of Wales's Stakes to give trainer Sir Michael Stoute a record-breaking 76th Royal Ascot victory and lower the colours of Cracksman in the process.

In the Champion Stakes last October, Cracksman had beaten Poet's Word by seven lengths, and the latter was expected to face a tough task.

While Cracksman had been lethargic when winning the Coronation Cup last time out, trainer John Gosden believed he had excuses. But he was even more off his A-game this time and Frankie Dettori was working away on the long odds-on favourite soon after leaving the stalls.

To his credit, Cracksman hit the front in the straight, but he had no answer when James Doyle went sweeping past him.

Sent off at 11-2, Poet's Word shot clear.

Stoute, who was eclipsing the mark set by the late Sir Henry Cecil, said: "It's a relief because we were stuck on it (75 winners) last year. It (Royal Ascot) is special to every trainer.

"Maybe Cracksman isn't at his best now, but we beat the others comprehensively. He's a very consistent, brave horse."

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