Sea The Stars: outstanding Arc winner is off the mark at studPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Sea The Stars gets off the mark with first winner
OUTSTANDING racehorse and world champion Sea The Stars is off the mark as a sire courtesy of Stars Over The Sea who broke his maiden on the third time of asking at Ayr of Monday.
The Mark Johnston-trained juvenile travelled well during the 7f race and powered clear in the straight to run out an easy winner.
Stars Over The Sea, who runs in the colours of leading owner Roger Brookhouse, was bought by Johnston at the Keeneland September yearling sale last year for $55,000, a reasonable price considering his heritage.He is a half-brother to five winners, including Gorella, who landed the Grade 1 Beverley D Stakes in the US for Patrick Biancone, as well as French Listed winner Porto Santo and descends from a family that includes Prix de Diane heroine Crepellana.
Bred and raced by the Tsui family, Sea The Stars was one of the best bred horses to go into training. The son of Cape Cross is out of the Miswaki mare Urban Sea, winner of the Arc who excelled herself at stud producing eight winners, all of whom won at stakes level.
Standout offspring include the dual Derby hero and stallion of a lifetime Galileo, Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Black Sam Bellamy and the US Grade 1 winner My Typhoon.
Urban Sea's daughters have continued the winning trend at stud, with Middleton Stakes winner All Too Beautiful producing Oaks runner-up Wonder Of Wonders, and Cherry Hinton, a three-parts sister to Sea The Stars, responsible for Rockfel Stakes scorer Wading.
Beaten on his debut at two for John Oxx, Sea The Stars landed a maiden on his second outing at Leopardstown before a cosy win in the Beresford Stakes.
On his seasonal reappearance at three, Sea The Stars landed a stellar renewal of the 2,000 Guineas beating Delegator, Rip Van Winkle and Mastercraftsman before following up in the Epsom Derby.
Thrown into open company for the first time in the Eclipse, Sea The Stars had to dig deep to see off Rip Van Winkle once more and globetrotting Group 1 winner Conduit.
Comprehensive wins followed in the Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes before he put up arguably his best performance in the Arc.
Travelling strongly in midfield, he had no where to run when they turned in for home. When a gap did appear Sea The Stars displayed a jaw-dropping turn of foot under Mick Kinane, pulling clear to win impressively.
Sea The Stars was retired to the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud for the 2010 breeding season, standing at €85,000, a fee that has never been changed.
His first of book of mares included 84 black-type performers.