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Sea The Stars Retired To Stud Career
Trainer John Oxx stunned the international thoroughbred world overnight with the announcement 6-time Gr1-winning boom Irish-bred 3YO colt Sea The Stars (Cape Cross-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) has been retired. The news "ends speculation Sea The Stars, owned by Christopher Tsui, would run in the US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic (for which he was overwhelming favourite) & comes just over a week after the colt's magnificent triumph over older rivals in France's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe," reported racingpost.com. Oxx explained: "He's had a long season & has been in regular fast work from March 3, with his final workout on October 2. He's been in intensive training for 7 months, with only a 3-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 5 months. He's come out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in his usual good form. He is fit & healthy & has been cantering since the race." Sea The Stars "who had been the subject of rumours he would be purchased by Sheikh Mohammed, will be a much sought-after sire" & Oxx added: "He is now retiring from racing, but I have no information on stud career details & an announcement will be made at a much later date when plans have been finalised." Sea The Stars notched his 6th successive Gr1 victory of the season with a 2-lengths victory against older rivals in the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2400m) at Longchamp in Paris. At his previous start, Timeform announced Sea The Stars (a half-brother to Gr1-winners Galileo, Black Sam Bellamy & My Typhoon) "has joined the list of all-time greats" after rating 140 when easily defeating older rivals in September's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Leopardstown; & in August he smashed the track record in winning the UK Gr1 Juddmonte International (10.5 furlongs) at York. In 3 earlier starts this season, Sea The Stars returned from a 7-months spell to win England's Gr1 2000 Guineas (8 furlongs) at Newmarket in early May, then followed-up with victories in both June's Gr1 English Derby (12 furlongs) for 3YOs at Epsom Downs & July's Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes (10 furlongs) at Newmarket. Overall Sea The Stars notched 8 wins (also including 2008's Irish Gr2 Beresford Stakes over 8 furlongs at The Curragh) from 9 starts for €4,605,248 (A$7.829m) earnings.