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Burj Nahar is a 25-1 shot to emulate Sea The Stars (pictured) in the Derby

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Sea The Stars nephew impresses on debut

BURJ NAHAR, a two-year-old son of Shamardal out of Sea The Stars' half-sister Melikah, looked a name for the notebook when scoring easily by three and a half lengths on his debut in a 1m½f maiden at Nottingham on Wednesday.

A daughter of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners Lammtarra and Urban Sea, Melikah earned the highest Racing Post Rating of any of her sire's European runners after finishing third behind Love Divine in the Oaks and runner-up to Petrushka in the Irish Oaks in 2000.

Burj Nahar - a son of first-season sire Shamardal bred by Darley and trained by Saeed Bin Suroor for Godolphin - is Melikah's third winner after Villarrica, a daughter of Selkirk, and Valedictory, a son of Dubai Destination. Melikah also has a yearling colt by Pivotal.

Urban Sea, who died earlier this year after giving birth to a colt by Invincible Spirit, was already established as one of the most important broodmares of recent times before her penultimate foal Sea The Stars embarked on an unbeaten winning spree in six Group 1 races this year including the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and Arc.

Urban Sea's earlier foals include Derby winner and last season's European champion sire Galileo, and fellow Group/Grade 1 scorers Black Sam Bellamy and My Typhoon.

Stan James were suitably impressed by Burj Nahar's debut performance, introducing him as a 25-1 chance to emulate his dam's half-brothers Galileo and Sea The Stars by winning the Derby.







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