Heart attack claims Poet’s Voice

Darley has reported its Group 1 winning stallion Poet’s Voice died after suffering a heart-attack at Dalham Hall Stud on Saturday.  He was 11 years old.

A first-crop son of Dubawi, he stood five southern-hemisphere season until 2016.

Poet’s Voice landed four races for Sheikh Mohammed and trainer Saeed bin Suroor highlighted by a Group 1 victory over Rip Van Winkle in the 2010 renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

A Darley homebred, Poet’s Voice has supplied 18 stakes performers headed by German 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Dream.  His Australian black-type winners included Viridine (G2 Roman Consul Stakes), Trap For Fools (LR WA Tatt’s Cup) and My Country (LR Lancaster Stakes).

“Poet’s Voice has been a great servant and will be greatly missed by the team here in Newmarket,” Darley’s Sam Bullard said.  “He has been a reliable source of winners for breeders and he enjoyed a wonderful year in 2017 with his two-year-olds and, of course, Poet’s Word, who we hope will continue to fly the flag for his sire this year.”

Darley also farewelled champion sire Elusive Quality in Kentucky last week.