Poet's Word powers away from Cracksman in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Image: Steven Cargill)
Record-breaking trainer Sir Michael Stoute will consider a start in the $5million Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley with Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner Poet’s Word.
Fresh from becoming the most successful trainer in Royal Ascot history with his 76th winner at the meeting occurring in the Group 1 2000m showpiece, edging one win clear of his great friend and rival, the late Sir Henry Cecil, Stoute said that all options are on the table.
"It could be the Eclipse, it could be the King George," Stoute said.
"There are options for him as I think that he is equally effective at ten or twelve furlongs (2000m or 2400m) and there are not many that are at that level.
"I have yet to talk to the owner about the Cox Plate but I thank them for their invitation, but it is too early to tell, it is only June.
"Obviously it would be considered."
Poet's Word sprung an upset when defeating hot favourite and fellow Cox Plate invitee Cracksman, rated the second best horse in the world in 2018, only behind Winx.
This was the first time in his career that Cracksman had raced on Good to Firm going, with questions being raised as to whether he is a better horse on ground with more give.
"Maybe Cracksman isn't at his best now, but we beat the others comprehensively. He's a very consistent, brave horse," Stoute said.
Stoute would extend his record at Royal Ascot even further, winning the final race of the day in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes with Expert Eye giving him a 77th success at the Royal Meeting, ridden by Australian-based New Zealand jockey James McDonald.
Frankie Dettori, Cracksman's rider, said that the son of Frankel was never comfortable, having to push the three-time Group 1 winner from the stalls just to hold a position, and he battled on to finish second.
"He was off the bridle the whole way," Dettori said.
"He's not the same horse that I was riding in the spring. He was very lethargic and not the Cracksman I know."
Stoute has campaigned horses in Melbourne during the spring carnival previously, the most recent being high-class galloper Snow Sky who contested the 2015 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
It would be a massive coup for Moonee Valley and Racing Victoria if he was to return for the Cox Plate with a winner of the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, considered by many to be Europe's best 2000m race.