Dual Group 1 winner POET'S WORD retired to stand at Shadwell

Posted on: 13th Oct 2018

Two-time Group 1 winner POET'S WORD arriving at the Nunnery with Ron Lott

Dual Group 1 winner POET’S WORD will join the Shadwell stallion roster at Nunnery Stud next year.

The five-year-old son of POET’S VOICE retires having established himself as one of Europe’s elite middle-distance performers following a pair of top-flight victories at Ascot in this year’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The grandson of DUBAWI began this year with a fine second to Hawkbill in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan before readily accounting for classy performers LARAAIB, DESERT  ENCOUNTER and FABRICATE in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.

POET’S WORD was then saddled by Sir Michael Stoute to land his first Group 1 in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Having travelled smoothly, he was unleased by James Doyle a furlong out and displayed a fine turn of foot to deny triple Group 1 scorer CRACKSMAN by two and a quarter lengths.

He returned to the Berkshire venue five weeks later and, under another confident Doyle ride, wore down stablemate CRYSTAL OCEAN to land the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by a neck.

POET’S WORD capped a hugely lucrative season at York when finishing a game second to top-class three-year-old Roaring Lion in the Juddmonte International Stakes, a race in which he finished ahead of Classic winners SAXON WARRIOR and LATROBE as well as St James’s Palace Stakes hero WITHOUT PAROLE.

Bought as a yearling by Charlie Gordon-Watson for 300,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales, POET’S WORD carried the colours of his owner Saeed Suhail to win seven of his 17 starts – four of which came at Group level – amassing career earnings of £2,951,329.

Bred by Woodcote Stud, POET’S WORD is the highest rated runner by the late POET’S VOICE, who is responsible for 22 other stakes performers, including this year’s smart two-year-old and Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes winner ARCTIC SOUND. POET’S VOICE was a high-class juvenile for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor, winning the Group 2 Champagne Stakes before developing into an even better miler, emphasised by his gutsy win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The biggest indicator POET’S VOICE is a great loss to the breeding industry was the impressive tally of juvenile winners he registered in 2017, with his total of 29 two-year-old scorers bettered only by his own sire, DUBAWI, among the British stallion ranks.

POET’S WORD is one of five winners out of the NASHWAN mare WHIRLY BIRD - a multiple winner and Listed-placed - making him a half-brother to four winners, headed by Group 3-winning juvenile MALABAR (RAVEN’S PASS), who was also a Group 3 scorer at three, and dual scorer WHIRLY DANCER, dam of high-class two-year-old BECKFORD.

His KINGMAN half-sister was snapped up by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for 200,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last year.

Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster said: “POET’S WORD was a tremendous racehorse and is a great credit to Sir Michael, who gave him the time to develop into one of Europe’s elite middle-distance performers.

“He put up a huge performance when beating CRACKSMAN in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and then backed that up when he displayed all his tenacity and fighting spirit to beat CRYSTAL OCEAN in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“Not only are there several precocious performers found in POET’S WORD’S pedigree, he is also a beautiful looking horse, a point emphasised by his 300,000gns yearling price. He uses himself particularly well and if he can pass that trait on to his offspring, it will stand him in good stead.”

POET’S WORD was partnered to his Group 1 victories by James Doyle, who said: “He had a great temperament – he was solid mentally – nothing fazed him.

“The one thing that blew me away was his cruising speed, making him an incredibly easy ride. He would quite happily go forward or you could take him back and he would relax.

“He could also accelerate off that high cruising speed, emphasised when winning his two Group 1 races at Ascot.

“I’ve ridden some exceptional horses and he’d easily be one of the best ten furlong horses I have ridden. A mile and a quarter was definitely his optimum trip.

“Finally, he was also a great mover – he flowed across the ground - and although he won on slower ground, a quicker surface brought out the best in him.”

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute added: “POET’S WORD was a very athletic colt with a grand temperament.  He was also a great competitor who just continued to progress.”

POET’S WORD will be available to view at Beech House Stud in Newmarket during the Tattersalls December Sales.

A fee for him and other Nunnery Stud stallions will be announced at a later date.

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