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."
It may have taken slightly longer than expected but the mighty Frankel finally sired his first Gr1 winner in Europe when the prodigiously talented Cracksman bounded to a stunning win in the Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Ascot on Saturday. Fittingly, Cracksman's awesome victory came on the same day and in the same race that Frankel signed off his unbeaten 14-race career to give him an overdue maiden top-flight win in Britain. Striking the lead just over two furlongs from home, the John Gosden-trained Cracksman turned in a performance reminiscent of his illustrious father surging to a powerful 7 length win over Poet's Word and Highland Reel in the £1.3 million showpiece. Gosden commented: "It's great for Frankel to have a son win the race he won and to be his first Group 1 winner in Europe," he told Racing Post. "Cracksman seems to have got bigger and stronger, like a fighter weighing more now. He started as a middleweight, he's now a light heavyweight. He's definitely improved a lot…he won it in true style." Cracksman (Frankel-Rhadegunda, by Pivotal), who races in the same colours as owner Anthony Oppenheimer's champion galloper Golden Horn, advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes & Gr2 Prix Niel) and 2 placings (the Gr1 English Derby & Gr1 Irish Derby) from 7 starts for 1,364,782 in earnings. He is now 6-1 second favourite behind superstar filly Enable (3-1) for next year's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
At Leopardstown in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO UK-bred entire Decorated Knight (Galileo-Pearling, by Storm Cat) swooped late to score by 0.5 length in the €700,000 Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Poet's Word & the Sir Peter Vela-owned Eminent. This was the third top-flight victory for Decorated Knight who improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup & Gr1 Jebel Hatta Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes) from 18 starts for £1,374,986 in earnings. Trainer Roger Charlton was surprised by the win. "I can't believe it. I didn't come here thinking we were going to win a race like that," he told Racing Post. "We rode for luck. We dropped in and felt they'd go very quick, and his finish down the outside was amazing, absolutely amazing." He added: "He is a mile-and-a-quarter horse so the Champion Stakes [Gr1] at Ascot would have to be on the agenda."