Poet’s Word proved to the world what a classy horse he is with victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes recently at Ascot, where he got the better of his stablemate Crystal Ocean to land his second Group One success of the season.
The five year is having the best campaign of his career and could be on course for landing the horse of the year honours, an award which will surely go his way if he does scoop the Juddmonte International at the Ebor Meeting at York.
The bookmakers make Sir Michael Stoute’s horse the 13/8 favourite if you are looking to have a bet on horse racing. The ground, distance and course should all be in his favour and if he does reproduce his run from Ascot, he will prove difficult to beat once again.
After a moderate 2017, Poet’s Word started his campaign for the new season at Sandown by winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. He went off as the odds-on favourite at the Esher track and he justified those odds by scoring by over two lengths.
Poet’s Word did not get the credit he deserved after his victory in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes where he turned over Cracksman who was clearly off colour that day. Rather than praising the winner at Royal Ascot, all the headlines were about how poor Cracksman was on that occasion.
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) July 28, 2018
The success at Ascot in the King George did really make a lot of people stand up and recognise what a fantastic campaign Poet’s Word is having. Stick with him at York, where he is likely to come up against a number of his old rivals who he has already turned over this season including Cracksman and Crystal Ocean.
Battaash Can Prove Too Quick For The Field In Nunthorpe
As a three-year-old in 2017, Battaash was just unstoppable on the racecourse as his speed was not only too quick for his rivals in his age category early in the season, but he also ruled supreme against the older generation at the back end of the campaign.
Battaash goes into the Nunthorpe Stakes at York as the 7/4 favourite to win the five-furlong sprint. Although those odds may look skinny at first glance, you could argue there is some value in that price as the multiple Group One winner was odds-on earlier in the year when he made his seasonal reappearance at Haydock in the Temple Stakes.
"I'm really, really pleased with him and he's moving like a dream – it's the best we've had him this year." Our columnist @cbhills is bullish about Battaash – read more in Wednesday's @RPWeekender pic.twitter.com/Nt6DDv3FEX
— Weekender (@RPWeekender) July 30, 2018
Unfortunately for backers of Charles Hills’ runner, Battaash was beaten on his last start in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot where Blue Point took the first prize ahead of him. Unusually for the four-year-old, he was sweating quite heavily before the race which may explain why he was not as sharp as he usually is.
Battaash should be able to bounce back to winning ways at York before he finishes the season at Longchamp in France where he will be looking to retain his crown in the Prix de l’Abbaye.