Poetic Flare Adds St James’s Palace Stakes To 2000 Guineas Triumph

Poetic Flare took the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot for Kevin Manning and Jim Bolger
16:47, 15 Jun 2021

Poetic Flare made it three wins in as little as 65 days after a dominant display in the St James’s Palace at Ascot.

Backing up a win in the 2000 Guineas and second spot in the Irish Derby, Kevin Manning rode the three-year-old to another incredible win on one of the most active horses in racing.

A victory of three lengths may just be the most impressive yet, with Jim Bolger’s decision to keep active justified with a fifth win in eight runs.

Four Group 1 contests in 45 days is an achievement in itself, but blasting away a talented field containing the likes of Mostahdaf, Highland Avenue, Chindit and Maximal is incredible.

Lucky Vega, running the final race of his career, put in a brilliant effort to race home in second, with Battleground finishing just ahead of Chindit in fourth.

A win at Ascot may just be the most impressive yet for the ‘Iron Horse’, a sentiment echoed by jockey Manning.

Speaking to ITV Racing, he said, “He’s unbelievable. This quick ground is where he shows his best.

“He got that ground today and showed how good he is. He’s tough.”

He was also full of praise for Bolger himself, who claimed to have expected that run all along, adding, “He’s a marvellous trainer, to get this horse here today after all the runs he has had, it’s unbelievable.

“I’d like to say well done to all the lads in the yard who have kept this horse on the go.”

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