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Born To Sea - The Curragh - 10.09.2011

Born To Sea: carries the Christopher Tsui made famous by Sea The Stars

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Impressive debut for Urban Sea's final foal

BORN TO SEA, the final foal of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and outstanding matriarch Urban Sea, made an impressive winning debut in the Listed Blenheim Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Born To Sea, trained, like his most famous sibling Sea The Stars, by John Oxx, showed an eyecatching turn of foot to run on and defeat Pearl In The Sand (Fooststepsinthesand) by one and a half lengths with An Ghalanta (Holy Roman Emperor) back in third.

Born To Seabecomes Urban Sea’s ninth black-type performer, following the likes of 2009’s brilliant six-time Group 1 winner Sea The Stars and Derby hero and exceptional sire Galileo. Juvenile filly Wading, the first foal of Urban Sea’s Group 3-placed daughter Cherry Hinton, made a pleasing debut when second in a 7f maiden on the same Curragh card on Saturday.

Born To Sea, who races for his breeder Christopher Tsui, is a little more closely related to Sea The Stars than just a half-brother, as their sires Invincible Spirit and Cape Cross are both sons of Green Desert.

Urban Sea, a daughter of Miswaki, died after suffering complications from foaling Born To Sea in 2009.

Trainer Oxx said: "The main objective was to let him have a nice experience today. It was a good performance to win a Listed race on his first run.

"He's alot more precocious than his brother [Sea The Stars] you could nearlyhave run him in April. The plan was to run in July but he got sore shins.

"He did very well to come off the pace and quicken up the way he did as he was quite green. I'm not expecting him to be his brother again but if we win something nice that's great."

When asked about future plans, Oxx added: "He'll run next in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown at the end of October. That will be his only other run this year."





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