Never in doubt: Sea The Stars leads the Derby field down the Epsom straight, going on to win by a length and a quarterPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Urban Sea gets eighth Group 1 progeny win
Report: Epsom, Saturday
Investec Derby (Group 1) 1m4f
Sea The Stars
Cape Cross-Urban Sea (Miswaki)
SEA THE STARS emulated his half-brother Galileo in fine style when winning the Investec Derby at Epsom yesterday - and was further proof, if needed, of the prowess of their dam Urban Sea.
The daughter of Miswaki, who died this spring at the Irish National Stud when producing an Invincible Spirit colt, was a highly talented racehorse herself. She won seven races, including three Group races and a Group 1 when successful in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. However, it is as a broodmare that she has really achieved greatness.
From ten foals of racing age, the mare, who was owned thoroughout hercareer by Sunderland Holdings, has been represented by eight runners - and, amazingly, all are black-type performers, seven of them winners.
Yesterday's victory took the Group 1 tally among her progeny to four winners of eight races -the two Derby winning brothers, who have won five Group 1s between them; Black Sam Bellamy, winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club, and My Typhoon, who won the Diana Handicap in the US. Urban Sea's total progeny earnings are now in excess of £4 million and with two champions so far among her offspring, she has to be judged as one of the greatest mares of recent times.
Sea The Stars' victory also confirmed that his sire, Cape Cross, is a source of quality, becoming the first dual northern hemisphere Group 1 winner for the son of Green Desert, other than his outstanding filly Ouija Board.
The rest of this summer opens up exciting opportunities for the son of Cape Cross, but trainer John Oxx stated after the race that Sea The Stars is very unlikely to be heading down the Triple Crown route, reasoning that the 1m6f of the St Leger would be just a step too far.
His concern is well founded as, according to equineline's statistics, the average winning distance for Cape Cross's progeny is over just a mile. Only one of his leading northern-hemisphere runners has been tried once, and unsuccessfully, over the St Leger trip and Ouija Board herself, though a winnerover 1m4f, was never tried over further.
Sea The Stars, who could arguably be rated ahead of Galileo at the same stage in their careers, promises so much for the summer.
Urban Sea's progeny Group 1 tally could be into double figures come October.