Sea The Stars off the mark

Sea The Stars- first winners from stud

Sea The Stars- first winners from stud

The 2009 Derby winner, Sea The Stars, took the first tentative steps to proving his worth at stud. To be precise, we should say that two of his first crop of runners did that on his behalf.

Sea The Stars produced over 50 foals in his first crop. They were offspring from a clutch of Group 1 winners, and fetched an average of 247,327 guineas in the yearling sales. Yet the first winner, Stars Over The Sea, was the least expensive of these, at just $55,000. His dam perhaps points the way ahead; Exciting Times, indeed.

The venue far this first success was Ayr, on a Monday afternoon, not the most glamorous of courses. With only two rivals, one of which was making its racecourse debut, trainer Mark Johnston won’t have learned a great deal about his charge. Still, he did what was asked of him, and in doing so has written his name in a deep, dark corner of the history books. Whether his achievement will ever be recalled will depend more on what others do over the next few years than on what Stars Over The Sea achieves in the rest of his career.

At the close of racing on Wednesday, Sea The Stars had sired two winners. Sea The Skies was unfancied for his first race at Newmarket at the end of June, but came in a creditable third in a Newmarket maiden. Switched to Sandown and dropped in grade, he showed he had learned from that first run, taking up the lead with a furlong to go and staying on well to win by two and a half lengths.

Trainer Gerard Butler was pleased with how he ran, and said on his website, “The really good thing about this horse is that he is so laid back at home but comes alive at the races with a remarkably honest and determined attitude. He looked very well this morning and has been greedily tucking into his feed! I’m sure there will be a nice race in him and we look forward to seeing that.”

Perhaps there are exciting times ahead there, too.

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