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2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare claimed a convincing victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot for coach Jim Bolger.
Poetic Flare, led by jockey Kevin Manning, was four and a half lengths ahead of runner-up Lucky Vega, with Battleground in third.
Now the 7-2 winner could head to a “Duel on the Downs” next month with Palace Pier in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Palace Pier, ridden by Frankie Dettori, had already won the Queen Anne Stakes.
Hollie Doyle, who only became the third female jockey to win at Royal Ascot last year, was on track again as Amtiyaz scored 33-1 chance in the Copper Horse Stakes for coaches John and Thady Gosden .
Love is now the Prince of Wales ‘Stakes’ favorite after coaches John and Thady Gosden pulled Lord North on Wednesday due to drying of the ground.
Bolger had made the headlines ahead of the meeting with an explosive interview in which the 79-year-old coach said Irish races should be prepared for a “Lance Armstrong moment” about doping in racehorses and that he knew who the drug cheaters were.
He wasn’t at Ascot to see Poetic Flare run for the fifth time since early April, but his daughter Una said: “It was just amazing. I called dad after the run and he said that it was exactly what he expected. “
Her husband Manning, 54, said Poetic Flare appreciates the fast pitch.
Dettori claimed the 74th Royal Ascot victory of his career guiding 2-7 favorites of Palace Pier, the world’s highest rated racehorse, to victory in the Queen Anne Stakes for Team Gosden.
Palace Pier, in an eighth victory in nine races, won by a length and a half of Lope Y Fernandez with Sir Busker third.
Cieren Fallon claimed his first victory at Royal Ascot with Oxted, coached by Roger Teal, in the King’s Stand Stakes.
Fallon, the son of retired six-time champion jockey Kieren, said it was “a dream come true” after winning on a 4-1 chance.
Ascot hosted the largest participation in British races for 15 months at the start of the five-day meeting, with 12,000 spectators allowed per day as part of a test event. organized to assess the impact of returning crowds during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dettori started the week as the favorite to be the reunion’s top jockey for the third year in a row and his first victory came 11,319 days after his debut at Royal Ascot, on Markofdistinction in 1990.
“He’s one of the best horses in the world and everything has gone well,” said Dettori of Palace Pier.
“It’s a mirage – I’m so glad to have the crowd back. It’s awesome. What can you say? Royal Ascot with the people is amazing and this reunion is a big part of my life. could ask for nothing more. “
Berkshire Shadow (11-1), coached by Andrew Balding, won the Coventry Stakes under the leadership of champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
Outsider Reshoun 66-1 won the Ascot Stakes, ridden by William Buick for coach Ian Williams.
Buick, which is currently tied for the top of the jockeys championship with Oisin Murphy, was suspended for 11 days and fined £ 1,150 for using its whip above the permitted level. Its ban is due to begin on June 29.
Andrea Atzeni timed her run well to win the Wolferton Stakes over Juan Elcano, a 14-1 chance from Kevin Ryan.