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Urban Sea: the matriarch's final foal is a colt by Invincible Spirit

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Outstanding broodmare Urban Sea dies

URBAN SEA, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine who founded an illustrious empire at stud, died on Monday morning at the Irish National Stud following foaling complications.

The 20-year-old mare, whose offspring includes Grade 1 winners Galileo, My Typhoon and Black Sam Bellamy, had produced a colt by Invincible Spirit. The foal has been placed under a nurse mare and is reported to be doing very well.

Irish National Stud stallion nominations manager Julie Lynch said: "Everybody at the stud is absolutely devastated. We were all immensely proud to be associated with such an outstanding broodmare.

"A mare like her comes along but once in a lifetime. Her foal is such a smashing colt, he weighed in at 130lbs and his nurse mare has accepted him without a fuss."

Trained by Jean Lesbordes, the daughter of Miswaki was a shock 37-1 winner ofEurope’s most prestigious race in 1993 when she was ridden by Eric Saint-Martin.

Urban Sea beat the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained White Muzzle a neck into second in an Arc run on heavy ground at Longchamp.

Nancy Sexton reviews the career of the outstanding racehorse and broodmare in Wednesday's Racing Post




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