Royal Ascot: Poetic Flare at his best yet in St James’s Palace Stakes victory

By: Greg Wood at Ascot Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • 2,000 Guineas winner earns another Group One victory
  • ‘I was expecting that performance’ says trainer Jim Bolger

“With the kind of business we run,” Jim Bolger said after the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday, “the horses have to earn their corn.” The Flat season is barely three months old but if his County Carlow yard has an Employee of the Year award, they might as well engrave Poetic Flare’s name on it right now.

Bolger’s workaholic three-year-old was making his fourth Group One start in the space of just 46 days but came up with his most impressive performance yet to add the St James’s Palace Stakes to his win in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on 1 May. He was just half-a-length in front of Lucky Vega back then but had four-and-a-quarter to spare over the same opponent on Tuesday, as Kevin Manning was able to coast through the final 100 metres having wrapped up the victory with an irresistible burst of speed a furlong out.

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