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hero of Guinea, Poetic Flare, retired to stud in Japan |  Race News


Poetic Flare has retired and will be held at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan from next year.

The Jim Bolger-trained colt enjoyed a successful three-year campaign, starting with a win in the Leopardstown Listed round in April before clinching the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket the following month.

He then finished sixth at the 2000 French Guineas before being beaten by his teammate Mac Swiney in the Irish version six days later.

Dawn Approach’s son returned to winning form in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and went on to finish second in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.

He was only beaten by three-quarters of a length in the Irish Champion Stakes over 10 stages in what turned out to be his final round, with a Champions Day outing at Ascot on Saturday ruled out.

Bolger told TDN: “I’m sure a lot of riders will be disappointed not to see him at Ascot, and I myself am disappointed that he didn’t go, but it was not possible.

“It will be held in Shadai and will soon be leaving for Japan.

“This is a first for me, but it is a great opportunity for the horse and I will support him myself with mares, although it will not be so easy.”


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