Sea The Stars – King of Middle Distance — The Sporting Blog

Name: Sea The Stars Sire: Cape Cross

Record: 8-0-0 Dam: Urban Sea

Earnings: £4,417,163 Dam’s sire: Miswaki

Trainer: Jo Breeder: Sunderland Holdings

Owner: Christopher Tsui

Sea the Stars – An Introduction

Trained by John Oxx and owned by Christopher Tsui, Sea The Stars was an exceptional middle-distance horse, winning over a variety of distances from 7f up to 1m 4f. A 6-time Group 1 winner at 3, Sea The Stars was one of the most successful and highest-rated middle-distance flat horses of all time, ranking as the 13th best flat horse ever on Timeform’s ratings.

Foaled in April 2006, Sea The Stars kicked off his career finishing 4th in a Curragh maiden, before winning a similar maiden event at Leopardstown a month later.

It was as a 3-year-old where he excelled though, beating many top-class horses in various Group 1 races. Piloted by Mick Kinane on all occasions, he amassed a whopping £4,417,163 in prize money and was awarded an RPR of 138 upon winning the Irish Champion Stakes.

He has become something of an exceptional sire too, retiring at the end of the 2009 season, after winning the Arc.

Sea the Stars Pedigree

Sea The Stars is out of another smart sire in Cape Cross. A top-class miler for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor, he won various Group 1 and 2 races in the late 90s. Something of a late bloomer, he won the Queen Anne Stakes, Celebration Mile, Lockinge, and placed in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques le Marois (Group 1) as a 4/5-year-old.

Now though, he’s sired several top performers such as Ouija Board (£3,510,682 in earnings with an OR of 121) and Golden Horn (Champion 3-year-old and winner of the Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, and Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe) amongst others.

As of 2016, Cape Cross had a stud fee of around £20,000, which was a steal considering the number of group winners and high earning horses he produced (39 over £200,000 in earnings).

Sea The Stars’ dam wasn’t too bad herself! A group 1 winner over in France for her trainer Jean Lesbordes, Urban Sea accumulated over £1 million in earnings (Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe). Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Urban Sea was the dam of the great Galileo too- I guess it runs in the family!

Dam to a small number of offspring, but with some impressive stats, she was also the dam of Group 1 winners Black Sam Bellamy trained by Aiden O’Brien in Ireland and My Typhoon, trained by William Mott over in America. An impressive return from such few offspring, it all set up nicely for a top-class middle-distance horse, and that horse was Sea The Stars.

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