King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Poet's Word has today been announced by connections of the horse will be out for the rest of the season with an injury problem.
The Sir Michael Stoute trained five year old has had a fine season and his best to date picking up two Group 1 wins and reaching second in the Longines World Rankings only just behind the 27 race unbeaten Australian superstar Winx.
Poet's Word was last seen at York in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes where he could only finish a valiant second to John Gosden's wonder horse Roaring Lion. Off the back of this race the Stoute horse was looking to go over to America to compete in the Breeders Cup Turf at Churchills Downs and was a general 6/1 shot, but this has now been ruled out.
The dual Group 1 winner really started his season off and claimed his first Group 1 win of his career at Ascot in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting where he beat one of the best horses in the world at the time in Cracksman.
The five year old has had a wonderful career and especially an emphatic season but it begs the question at his age could this be the last we ever see of him on a racecourse.
He also had an entry for one f the last flat meetings of the season at Ascot where both his Group 1 wins have come in the Qipco Champion Stakes. However after the news of his injury he will not be competing and Roaring lion's odds have been slashed into 5/4 now to win that race.
The Saeed Suhail trained horse has had a remarkable career and will be sadly missed for the rest of the season but all racing fans will hoping and praying it is not the last we see of him all together.
(Credit Racing UK)