POETIC FLARE (7-2 favourite) fired again at Group One level to comfortably land the St James's Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2021.

The Jim Bolger-trained three-year-old showed an iron will to land the Group One feature at Royal Ascot, having already run in all three 2,000 Guineas in England, France and Ireland over the past month.

Poetic Flare had won the English Classic at Newmarket, before finishing sixth in the Emirates Poule D'essai Des Poulains at ParisLonchamp and being just beaten by stable-mate Mac Swiney in the Irish version at the Curragh as he ran in three Group Ones in the space of 21 days.

A little over three weeks after that last run in his homeland, he powered through to land a superb success at Royal Ascot.

Now he may face a mouth-watering match-up in withe the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville or the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood with leading older miler Palace Pier, who had won the Group One Queen Anne Stakes earlier on the card.

Poetic Flare is the son of Bolger's Dawn Approach - who also won the 2,000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes in 2013.

And under Kevin Manning. the three-year-old colt emulated his sire, to land a fantastic four-and-a-half length success from the Jessica Harrington-trained Lucky Vega (4-1). Aidan O'Brien's Battleground (11-1) was a further neck back in third to complete a clean sweep for Irish-trained runners.

Poetic Flare moved through smoothly and with two furlongs to go, Manning sent him to the lead and he quickened smartly to put the race to bed and run out a wide-margin winner.

Poetic Flare, ridden by jockey Kevin Manning, on the way to winning the St James's Palace Stakes on day one of Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on Tuesday, June 15 2021 Picture by David Davies/PA

Manning, who also partnered Dawn Approach to victory in the St James's Palace Stakes eight years ago, was landing his sixth Royal Ascot winner.

And he said: "He was probably better today than he has been all year.

"He travelled very well - I arrived there at the two-pole and couldn't believe how well I was travelling and when I asked him he put it to bed very quickly.

"I wasn't worried that he'd been busy, Jim was very happy with him and said he'd never had a horse leave the yard in the shape he was in and I thought that as well. With that sort of confidence behind me, I had no worries.

"I had a lovely position, everything went very smooth and when I switched him out he put the race to bed in a few strides.

"He's very good, very smart. He handles every ground, but he's obviously much pacier on this ground.

"It means everything to the guys at home in the yard to have a horse like this. I just turn up on the day and ride them.

"To get this horse here after the runs he's had is unbelievable.

"I owe Jim everything, and I'd also like to say 'well done' to all the lads in the yard who have kept this lad on the go."

Jockey Kevin Manning with the trophy after winning the St James's Palace Stakes on board Poetic Flare with the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on day one of Royal Ascot 2021 at Ascot Racecourse on Tuesday, June 15 2021 Picture by Steven Paston/PA

Poetic Flare is as low as 7-2 with some bookmakers for the Sussex Stakes.

Speaking to Sky Sports Racing from his County Carlow base, Bolger said: "I'm very relaxed about it. I have tremendous confidence in this horse and I was expecting him to go and do that. Thanks to all my staff and everybody who has helped.

"We always knew he was hardy from the word go, even when he was being broken in you couldn't keep him quiet.

"We've bred from the family since the very early 1980s, so a long time.

"When you have a horse winning the St James's Palace like that you don't really think about all the relatives and the breeding, you wouldn't care if he came to you off the back of a truck as long as you had him.

"This horse is so hardy he's unbelievable, you have to give it to him to keep his back down."

On plans, he added: "Kevin will be itching to have a crack at the older horses."