Royal Ascot Day 1

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A few years back, Joe asked me about my schedule and I said, “Well, I have Royal Ascot next week.” He said, “You’re going…?” I said, “No, but I’m watching.”

I’m watching again. 

Poetic Flare just galloped in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. Bred, owned and trained by Jim Bolger, the 3-year-old colt just advertised the toughness of the Irish-bred. In mid flight, the announcer bellowed, “He’s been busy. He’s very talented. He’s very tough.” Amen, brother. 

Poetic Flare won a listed stakes on good ground at Leopardstown April 11, traveled to Newmarket to win the 2000 Guineas on firm ground May 1, ventured to France to be beaten 2 lengths on heavy ground in the French 2,000 Guineas May 16, hopped back to Ireland to miss by a nose to stablemate Mac Swiney in the Irish 2,000 Guineas May 22. 

Three Guineas in 21 days. 

The 3-year-old son of Dawn Approach just made his fifth start this year. Fifth start since April. Third start in a month, third country in a month, third type of ground in a month. What a star. 

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