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Poet’s Voice dies aged 11

G1 QEII Stakes winner and prolific sire Poet’s Voice suffered a suspected fatal heart attack on Saturday, 17 March at Dalham Hall Stud.

The son of leading sire Dubawi was a superb racehorse, who broke his maiden by an astounding 10 lengths, before going on to win the G2 Champagne Stakes at two. He went on to win the Celebration Mile at three, before landing his G1 in thrilling fashion when edging out Rip Van Winkle close to home in one of the finishes of the season in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Saeed bin Suroor, who trained Poet’s Voice throughout his racing career said, “I am very sad to hear of the death of Poet’s Voice and my condolences go to Sheikh Mohammed and everyone connected to him at Darley. He was a pleasure to train, always relaxed in his work and gave his best throughout his career. His victory in the QEII Stakes was very special indeed.”

Since retiring to stud, Poet’s Voice has provided a consistent stream of winners and last year his outstanding total of 29 juvenile winners could only be bettered by his own outstanding sire among British stallions. 

His best horse to date is Poet’s Word, winner of last year’s Glorious Stakes and runner up in both the British and Irish Champion Stakes. Poet’s Voice is also sire of two Classic winners in Poetic Dream and Mi Raccomando, plus five-time Stakes winner Voice Of Love.

Sam Bullard, Director of stallions, said, “Poet’s Voice has been a great servant and will be greatly missed by the team here at Dalham Hall Stud. 

“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.”

Stud Director Liam O’Rourke said, “It is sad to lose such a lovely stallion who – as a homebred – embodied all of what we wish to achieve – a remarkably good-looking individual, by our own sire and grandsire, G1 winner in the Godolphin blue silks and a credit to all those associated with him.”