Born To Sea: Listed winner will command a fee of €10,000PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Born To Sea to stand at Rathasker Stud
LISTED winner and Irish Derby runner-up Born To Sea will begin his stallion career at Rathasker Stud in County Kildare for his owner-breeders the Tsui family next year.
A fee of €10,000 has been set for the three-year-old son of Invincible Spirit.
Speculation has been rife as to where Born To Sea would stand, as his pedigree makes him hot property as a stallion prospect.
He is one of nine stakes performers and the last foal produced by Arc heroine Urban Sea, and his half-brothers include exceptional champion sire Galileo and outstanding racehorse Sea The Stars.
His other siblings include the Group/Grade 1 winners Black Sam Bellamy and My Typhoon.
To put the gloss on the pedigree, Invincible Spirit's reputation as a sire of sires has blossomed this year on the back of his sophomore son Lawman supplying the Group 1 winners Most Improved and Law Enforcement.
Trained by John Oxx, Born To Sea proved he had inherited his family's talent by winning the Listed Blenheim Stakes on his racecourse debut at two.
Although that proved to be his only success, he went on to finish second in the Killavullan Stakes last year and ran Camelot to two lengths when runner-up in the Irish Derby in June.
He also finished a close fifth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes.
Christopher Tsui, whose colours Born To Sea carried, said: "My family, and especially my mother, Ling Tsui, are delighted to entrust the last son of our wonderful mare, Urban Sea, to [Rathasker Stud owner] Maurice Burns.
"We have been most impressed with his track record with stallions and we hope Born To Sea will be a champion stallion in years to come."
Burns added: "I am delighted to stand Born To Sea for the Tsui family. The last foal of Urban Sea, one of the most influential matriarchs in the history of the thoroughbred. He is a magnificent physical specimen, standing 16.1 hands with correct limbs and a great walk.”
Rathasker Stud has also released 2013 fees for its three other stallions. Clodovil has had his fee increased to €7,500 from €6,000, Fast Company stays on €5,000 and Thousand Words is down to €2,500 from €4,000.