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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 1 REPORT | Poetic Flare storms to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes

Jim Bolger claimed another Group 1 scalp for the season at Royal Ascot

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Following his tour around the capital racing countries of Europe last month, Poetic Flare claimed his second Group 1 success of the season in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The 2000 Guineas winner began to make headway at the two-furlong marker and didn’t look back, charging away from his rivals with ease.

watch: poetic flare lands the ST JAMES’S PALACE stakes at ascot [credit: attheraces]

The son of Dawn Approach kept on strongly in the final strides, claiming a 4 ¼ length victory in the one-mile contest.

Jim Bolger
Poetic Flare claimed his second Group 1 success of the season for Jim Bolger

Lucky Vega battled on well to claim second on his final appearance for Jessica Harrington, while Battleground showed significant improvement to finish third.

Palace Pier made it eight wins in nine runs as he produced a workmanlike effort in the Queen Anne Stakes.

John & Thady Gosden’s star kept in touch with the leaders in the early stages, but he did have to be pushed on by Frankie Dettori with three furlongs remaining.

Palace Pier Royal Ascot
Palace Pier claimed his eighth career success for John and Thady Gosden

The four-year-old pushed into the lead in the final stages and held off the advances of Lope Y Fernandez to win by a length and a half.

William Knight’s Sir Busker (tipped up as our longshot of the day) ran a cracker to finish third, while Lord Glitters claimed fourth for David O’Meara.

Oxted’s first try at the minimum trip turned out to be a wise choice from trainer Roger Teal, as he saw out the distance well to win the King’s Stand Stakes.

There was plenty of late money for the five-year-old, as he was smashed into 4/1 before the off.

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He pushed in front of the drifting Battaash in the final 110 yards, claiming a memorable win for Teal in Berkshire.

Robert Cowell’s Arecibo produced a career-best to finish second, while Extravagant Kid landed third for Brendan Walsh.

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Berkshire Shadow made a smart manoeuver on the near rail to land victory in the Coventry Stakes for Andrew Balding, while Kevin Ryan‘s Jual Elcano landed the Wolferton Stakes.

66/1 outsider Reshoun held off M C Muldoon to win the Ascot Stakes for Ian Williams and Amtiyaz claimed the Copper Horse Stakes at odds of 33/1.

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