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John Oxx with Sea the Stars

Outstanding six-time Group 1 winner Sea The Stars with trainer John Oxx

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Sea The Stars ends first season with 140 covers

SEA THE STARS' first season at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare has drawn to a close.

According to stud manager Pat Downes, last year's exceptional six-time Group 1winner, who stood his first season for €85,000, is now enjoying a well-earned break. "He'll spend a number of hours out in the paddocks each morning, and will go on walks in the afternoons," he said.

The final tallyof mares Sea The Stars covered is 140. To put that figure into perspective, two of last year's highest-achieving new recruits to the European stallion ranks, Duke Of Marmalade and New Approach, covered 170 and 136 mares respectively in their first books.

Among the stellar list of concubines for the Tsui family's son of Cape Cross were Japanese champion Vodka and Group 1 winners Alpine Rose, Finsceal Beo, Lookhere, Lush Lashes, Speciosa and the Aga Khan's outstanding Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.

Zarkava's dam, Zarkasha, as well as Asmara, the dam of the operation's Group 1 winner and promising second-season sire Azamour, were also among his first book.

Downes said that Zarkava is now "well in-foal" to Sea The Stars and that her first offspring, a filly by Gilltown Stud resident Dalakhani, had left for the Aga Khan's stud in France.

"The foal is a nice filly," Downes said. "When she left us she was very strong and mature-looking, with good bone."




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