King George: Poet's Word triumphs at Ascot to give Sir Michael Stoute record win

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Poet's Word (right) edged in front of stablemate Crystal Ocean inside the last 100 yardsPoet's Word has won the £1.25m King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot - handing trainer Sir Michael Stoute a record sixth success.Jockey James Doyle took the 7/4 chance past stablemate and 6/4 favourite Crystal Ocean - ridden by William Buick - inside the final half-furlong, winning by a neck in an epic finish. Coronet finished third under Olivier Peslier for trainer John Gosden.
It comes 37 years after Sir Michael's first King George win with Shergar.Since then, Sir Michael has trained Opera House (1993), Golan (2002), Conduit (2009) and Harbinger (2010) to victory in the mile-and-a-half-long feature.Victory for Poet's Word means Sir Michael has moved ahead of fellow trainers Dick Hern and Saeed bin Suroor with his sixth King George win. The trainer paid tribute to this year's winner and runner-up. "Two wonderful brave athletes. The first reaction is you feel sorry for the one that got beaten," he said. "It's taken a long time [to get the sixth victory]."
'He's a star'
The triumph came five weeks after Doyle rode Poet's Word to victory in the Prince of Wales' Stakes over 10 furlongs at Ascot. Doyle said: "He's a star, there were questions over his best trip, what's his best trip now[/img]
"I left him a bit of a task, they went quick and I didn't want to start chasing a position."
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