Darley stallion Poet's Voice has died at the age of 11 after suffering a fatal heart attack on Saturday at Dalham Hall Stud in the UK. A winner of the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, Poet's Voice (Dubawi-Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown) has hitherto sired 13 individual stakes winners including Poet's Word, winner of the Gr3 Glorious Stakes and runner up in both the Gr1 British and Irish Champion Stakes, Gr2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes winner Viridine, Gr3 winner Poet's Vanity, Australian Listed winning filly My Country, and highly promising WA stayer and multiple stakes winner Trap For Fools. Saeed bin Suroor, who trained Poet's Voice, said: "I am very sad to hear of the death of Poet's Voice and my condolences go to His Highness 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."
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) added a Group success when 3YO filly Hear The Chant (Nicconi-Quietzer, by More Than Ready) scored by 0.1 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $150,000 Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies My Country (Poet's Voice-Bells Will Ring, by Danehill) & Modern Wonder (Snitzel-Elusive Wonder, by Elusive Quality). Hear The Chant, who is part-owned by her trainer David Hayes, improved her record to 2 wins from 3 starts for $117,000 earnings.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat ) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Kentucky Miss (Foxwedge-Twelve Pack Shelly, by Deputy Storm) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $120,000 Listed Cap D'Antibes Stakes (1100m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Beyond The Dream (Dream Ahead-Fipple, by Viscount) & My Country (Poet's Voice-Bells Will Ring, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Kentucky Miss who improved her record to 3 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 ATC San Domenico Stakes) from 8 starts for $145,700 earnings. Kentucky Miss, from the stakes-winning US mare Twelve Pack Shelly, was a $250,000 purchase for Pride Racing at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Luskin Park.
In the inaugural race at Eagle Farm's highly anticipated reopening in Brisbane last Saturday, Darley's Gr1-winning shuttler Poet's Voice (Dubawi-Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown) celebrated his first Australian stakes winner (and second overall) when the filly My Country (Poet's Voice-Bells Will Ring, by Danehill) scored a half-length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $100,000 Listed Lancester Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies. Runner-up was Invincibella (I am Invincible-Abscond, by Galileo) ahead of Nonpareil (Commands-Serenissima). A $140,000 purchase from Millbrook by Louise La Matayer's Astute Bloodstock at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, My Country took her record to 3 wins and a runner-up from 4 starts for $115,250 earnings.
In Europe overnight, UK Gambling Minister John Penrose “called on the European Union to stand by its report on a EC green paper & allow member states the right to regulate online gambling at a national level, while permitting cross-border access to providers based anywhere in Europe” reported racingpost.com. Penrose told members of the EU parliament: “In Britain we want an open & free gambling market, but also to protect British consumers within it. But, crucially, I don’t expect every other member state to have to regulate their markets in the same way.” Penrose noted: “There is scope for practical co-operation to take place Europe-wide, whilst ensuring that we avoid unnecessary bureaucracy, duplication & a tick-box approach to regulation.” Penrose stressed the need for national legislation on online gambling & said: “Different cultural attitudes & norms vary enormously across Europe. In the UK we have light-touch regulation & an open market, much like Denmark will have once its new legislation comes in. But (countries) such as Poland & Portugal have more conservative views on gambling & thus their legislation is more restrictive. These differences have deep roots. They spring from fundamentally different religious traditions, cultural attitudes, legislative styles & approaches to managing the always-fuzzy dividing line between things which are harmless & enjoyable for the majority of the population, but potentially seriously harmful for a small minority nonetheless. It would be wrong, therefore, for my country to impose its regulatory system on, for example, Bulgaria, and vice versa.” Penrose (whose department is in the process of formulating legislation based on consumer protection to licence offshore operators through the Gambling Commission) went on to argue that regulatory changes “must not be used as a thinly-veiled attempt to protect state monopolies.” He said: “Once the local regulatory environment has been set up, mechanisms should be in place to allow providers based anywhere in Europe to have access to each member state’s gambling market. Otherwise we will have entire countries full of consumers who may be protected from the risks of problem gambling, but are also being ripped off by high-cost & inefficient monopolists as well.”