Born To Sea: standing at Gilltown Stud at a fee of €10,000PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Born To Sea off the mark with Danish winner
BORN TO SEA became the latest first-season sire to open his account at stud when his son Seatown won the fifth race at Klampenborg in Denmark on Sunday.
The two-year-old gelding, who was ridden by Nicolaj Stott and trained by Soren Jensen, is out of the winning Academy Award mare Silvertown.
Born To Sea won one of his eight starts when trained by John Oxx, but did finish second to Camelot in the 2012 Irish Derby.
He is by Invincible Spirit and is the last foal produced by the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner and generation-defining broodmare Urban Sea, which makes him a close relation to Sea The Stars and a half-brother to the incomparable Galileo.
Born To Sea's success caps what has been a magnificent weekend for Urban Sea, with her Derby-winning stallion sons Sea The Stars and Galileo supplying the first three home in the Epsom Derby, a race in which she also featured in the pedigrees of 12 of the 16 colts who lined up.
Seatown is from the first of two crops that Born To Sea sired while standing at Rathasker Stud. In 2015 he transferred to the Aga Khan's Irish base of Gilltown Stud, where he is standing alongside his three-parts brother Sea The Stars for a fee of €10,000.
Born To Sea covered 98 mares in 2014, a figure which rose to 182 in 2015. He is due to be represented by 85 two-year-olds across Britain and Ireland in 2016.
His most expensive offspring to be sold at public auction is a colt named Poseidon, who was knocked down to SackvilleDonald for €320,000 at last year's Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.
The colt, who is in training with Ed Walker, is out of the Machiavellian mare Maskaya, and is a half-brother to the Group 1-placed Drumbeat and Listed-placed California.