Poet’s Word a pick for a historic sixth victory in famous race at Ascot.
<p>Gambling can be a tricky pastime. But, just occasionally, it seems like all the planets come into line for a wager and a strong surge of that type of optimism is beginning to build for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.</p><p>Punters love nothing more than solid, historic form. And Sir Michael Stoute has that in spades ahead of this special race.</p><p>Sir Michael, arguably one of the greatest trainers that has ever lived, has seen it all, done it all and sold a million t-shirts. Stoute, 72, is a legend. He has won Champion Trainer ten times and is the only English trainer to win a Classic in five successive seasons. It’s fair to say he knows what he’s doing.</p><p>But that’s not the form guide which punters will coo over and snuggle up to like a baby does a comforter. The King George is Stoute’s race. They should probably get a third name in there. Stoute has won it a record-equalling five times. The first came in 1981 thanks to Shergar.</p><p>This year Stoute will have a double crack at winning a historic sixth. Crystal Ocean and Poet’s World are Nos 1 and 2 in the betting. Crystal Ocean is a four-year-old and Poet’s World five. All of Stoute’s winners in this prestigious race have been older than three, a fact which proves that Stoute will wait, wait and wait some more before unleashing his charges in the bid for the prize.</p><p>Crystal Ocean gets a 2/1 quote from <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f&f=2">Bet365</a>, a price heavily influenced by its win in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot last month. Poet’s World is best at 15/8 (<a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f&f=2">Bet365</a>, <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&a=45a32028-f668-4cc0-b786-c8ac9d4db1f7&f=2">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146&f=2">William Hill</a>) and won at the same meeting in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes.</p><p>“Crystal Ocean is impervious as far as the ground is concerned and won very well over course and distance. Poet's Word is versatile as regards distance and has been recording high levels of form, Stoute said. “They are the first two in the betting - they might not finish first and second - but they’re entitled to be [the first two].”</p><p>Obviously we have to pick between the two and our money will go to Poet’s World. We were rather taken by the performance of jockey James Doyle in the Irish Oaks on Sea of Class. There is also a whisper that he has looked sharper and more devastating in training than his stablemate.</p>