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Poetic Flare wins pulsating 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket with 54-year-old Kevin Manning the oldest jockey to win the showpiece race since Lester Piggott in 1992 Poetic Flare won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with jockey Kevin Manning Manning, 54, is the oldest jockey to win the race since Lester Piggott in 1992 Manning called it an 'amazing moment' to secure his fourth British Classic win 

By Ashley Iveson, Press Association

Published: 18:42 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 18:43 BST, 1 May 2021

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Veteran jockey Kevin Manning was thrilled to secure his fourth British Classic success as Poetic Flare came out on top in a pulsating renewal of the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

At the age of 54, Manning is the oldest jockey to win the Rowley Mile showpiece since Lester Piggott steered Rodrigo De Triano to success in 1992, aged 56.

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It is 13 years since Manning broke his British Classic duck aboard Finsceal Beo in the 1000 Guineas, since when he had added to his tally with New Approach in the 2008 Derby and Dawn Approach in the 2000 Guineas in 2013.

Poetic Flare won a thrilling 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with jockey Kevin Manning (centre)

Poetic Flare won a thrilling 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with jockey Kevin Manning (centre)

At 54, Manning (left) is the oldest jockey to win the showpiece race since Lester Piggott in 1992

At 54, Manning (left) is the oldest jockey to win the showpiece race since Lester Piggott in 1992

Even at this late stage of his career, Manning insists big-race success tastes as sweet as ever.

'Any time you can win any of these Classics, it's an amazing moment,' he said.

'They're so hard to win and don't come along every day of the week.

'It feels the same as it did at the start (of my career). Classics are Classics and you're just very hungry for those type of races - that's what everybody works for and strives for.'

Like Finsceal Beo, New Approach and Dawn Approach, Poetic Flare is trained by Manning's father-in-law and long-time employer Jim Bolger, 79.

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