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James Doyle has spoken of his disappointment following confirmation that Poet’s Word has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an unspecified injury.

DISAPPOINTED: James Doyle
DISAPPOINTED: James Doyle

The Ashley-based jockey struck up a winning relationship with Sir Michael Stoute’s five-year-old this summer, piloting him to Group 1 victories in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

It was anticipated Doyle would also have picked up the ride on the son of Poet’s Voice for next month’s Champion Stakes at Ascot – the scene of the pair’s most recent triumphs.

However, this week’s setback has put paid to that outing, with some suggestions that owner Saeed Suhail may opt to retire the well-travelled horse.

“It is a bitter blow. The horse has been fantastic for me and I think he was being prepared with the Champion Stakes in mind,” said Doyle.

“I have never been on a King George horse before. That is such a tough race to win so in terms of horses I have ridden he has to be right up there.

“It is such a shame because he just seemed to be finding his feet.

“Whether he is going to be kept on, only time will tell. He is made of tough stuff, so you never know.

“To win two Group 1s like he did this summer shows just how tough he is.”

Meanwhile, in a statement given to Press Association Sport, Freemason Lodge Stables-based Stoute said: “Poet’s Word has sustained an injury and will not be able to race again this year.

“His owner, Saeed Suhail, will soon be coming to England and will make a decision on his future.”

l This weekend Doyle will be in Australia, where he has been booked to ride the Charlie Appleby-trained duo, Jungle Cat in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Folkswood in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes.

Moulton Paddocks-based Appleby said: “James knows Australian racing well and he has won a Group 1 on Jungle Cat.”