Juvenile Lead is just that for Sea The Stars and Stoute

Sea The Stars - first runner today

Sea The Stars - first runner today

One of the perennial questions about the Derby is whether the winner will make a decent job of it at stud when racing days are over. It will be at least four years before any progeny of Ruler Of The World appear at the racecourse. If we look back just that same period of time, it takes us to 2009, and the Derby of Sea The Stars.

This afternoon, Leicester is the venue for the first of his offspring to contest a race, and although a single six-furlong maiden is hardly going to tell us much, there has to be a first runner for any stallion. Juvenile Lead is an appropriately named horse, and he has the honour today. He’s also Sir Michael Stoute’s first two year old of the season, and although nobody will expect him to be laying down any markers for a top ranking future, there will be plenty of interest simply because of his parentage.

Peter Reynolds managing director of owner/breeder Ballymacoll Stud said, "I didn’t send Drama Class to Sea The Stars to get a five furlong sprinter. He was a nice yearling and he's a proper individual. He looks quite a handy horse and must be pleasing Sir Michael to be his first two-year-old runner of the season.”

Later in the year there will be plenty of opportunities to begin to make a proper assessment of the potential of Sea The Stars’ juveniles, as he sired 118 foals in his first season. With a daddy that won Group 1 races over eight, ten and twelve furlongs, you wouldn’t expect to find a great sprinter amongst them, but at middle distances, there ought to be some quality there.

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