Dettori and Godolphin in good Voice
Poet's Voice rediscovered the form that made him a Group Two winner as a two-year-old when gaining a second career triumph at that level in the totesport.com Celebration Mile at Goodwood yesterday.
In notching a belated first success of 2010, the Godolphin-owned winner teed himself up for what trainer Saeed bin Suroor hopes will be a bountiful autumn campaign at Group One level, with Ascot's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on September 25 the likely next port of call.
Having hinted he was poised for a revival when finishing strongly in second in a Group Three at Salisbury, Poet's Voice made hacks of his three older rivals under a supremely confident ride from Frankie Dettori.
Anchored in last in the early stages, he shadowed odds-on Main Aim and despite slightly hampering both that rival and Summer Fete when making his challenge approaching the final furlong, it made no difference to the outcome as Poet's Voice strode majestically clear to score by four and a half lengths.
The stewards inquired into the incident and found Dettori to be guilty of careless riding, though they let him off with a caution.
Racing manager Simon Crisford heaped praise on Bin Suroor for getting the normally headstrong Poet's Voice (2/1) to settle. "We will look at the QEII because it's about time to put him in against the best milers," he said. "But I can't help feeling the Breeders' Cup Mile would suit him a bit better than Ascot."
Theyskens' Theory afterwards dropped a large hint for next season's 1,000 Guineas, for which she was slashed from 16/1 into 8/1 by Coral, as she made all in the style of a classy filly in the Chichester Observer Prestige Stakes.
The rest of the day belonged to Kieren Fallon who notched a hat-trick, winning by short heads on Axiom, Drunken Sailor and Alice Alleyne.