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Mick Kinane and Sea The Stars after Arc

Sea The Stars: Arc winner retired after glittering career

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Sea The Stars retired after glittering career

SIX-TIME Group 1 winner Sea The Stars has been retired, a statement from the John Oxx stable to revealed on Tuesday.

The news ends speculation the Christopher Tsui-owned colt would run in the Breeders' Cup Classic, for which he was 8-13 favourite with a run with Stan James, and comes just over a week after Sea The Stars's magnificent triumph in the QatarPrix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Oxx said: "It has been decided after discussions with Mr Christopher Tsui (owner) that Sea The Stars will not take part in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on November 7.

"He's had a long season and has been in regular fast work from March 3, with his final workout on October 2. He's been in intensive training for seven months with only a three-week break after the Eclipse Stakes at the beginning of July.

"We feel it is unfair to keep him going any further given his unprecedented record of achievement in the last six months.

"He's come out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in his usual good form. He is fit and healthy and has beencantering since the race.

"He is now retiring from racing, but I have no information on stud career details and an announcement will be made at a much later date when plans have been finalised."

Sea The Stars, a son of Cape Cross out of 1993 Arc winner Urban Sea, began his career over 7f at the Curragh in July last year.

The maiden produced Teofilo and New Approach in the previous two years and even though Sea The Stars only finished fourth, he hinted at what might come when running on in eye-catching fashion under Mick Kinane, who partnered the colt on all of his nine starts.

A win on soft to heavy ground, a surface Oxx was never convinced suited the horse, at Leopardstown followed, before Sea The Stars won the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes back at the Curragh.






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