Born To Sea’s Sea of Grace Gets Back on Track at Haydock

4th at HAY, Lst Stk, £47,000Listed Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Dick Hern S. (8f 37y)Winner: Sea of Grace (Ire), f, 3 by Born To Sea (Ire)

Sea Of Grace | Racing Post

By Sean Cronin

Sea of Grace was transferred from John Oxx to William Haggas after bagging two of three juvenile starts, including a score in The Curragh’s Aug. 28 G3 Flame of Tara S., and opened this term with a fifth in Newmarket’s Apr. 19 G3 Nell Gwyn S. before running second in Deauville’s May 13 G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and fourth in the July 14 G1 Falmouth S. at Newmarket last time. Steadied at the tail of the six-runner field from the outset of this lesser spot, she cruised into contention on the bridle with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and quickened smartly under whipless coaxing in the closing stages to easily outpoint overmatched rivals for a second black-type success. “She was entitled to do that as she was down in grade and really enjoys that [soft] ground,” said rider Andrea Atzeni. “That’s the second time I’ve ridden her and she was much more relaxed this time. It was a bit like a piece of work, she settled well and picked them up no bother. You need them to settle in that ground as it makes it so much easier. That will set her up for some nice races in the autumn, but she needs that ground.”

   Sea of Grace is the leading performer out of Lady Vettoria (Fr) (Vettori {Ire}), herself a winning half-sister to MGSP Cougar Bay (Ire) (Daylami {Ire}), and she is a half-sister to Listed Criterium di Pisa third Pepparone (Ire) (Stormy River {Fr}), a yearling colt by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire) and a colt foal by Ruler of the World (Ire). She is from the family of MG1SW champion Sagaro (GB) (Espresso {GB}) and shares her third dam, G1 Premio Roma-winning Italian champion 3-year-old filly Mariella (GB) (Sir Gaylord), with G1 Prix Saint-Alary victress and Italian highweight Marotta (Fr) (Highest Honor {Fr}).


BETFRED TV/EBF STALLIONS DICK HERN S.-Listed, £47,000, HAY, 8-12, 3yo/up, f/m, 8f 37yT, 1:45.72, g/s.

1–SEA OF GRACE (IRE), 121, f, 3, Born To Sea (Ire)–Lady Dettoria (Fr), by Vettori (Ire). (€80,000 Wlg ’14 GOFNOV; €260,000 Ylg ’15 ARAUG). O-Sunderland Holding Inc; B-Robert Norton (IRE); T-William Haggas; J-Andrea Atzeni. £26,654. Lifetime Record: GSW-Ire & G1SP-Fr, 7-3-1-1, $239,635. *1/2 to Pepparone (Ire) (Stormy River {Fr}), SP-Ity, $110,230.2–Lincoln Rocks (GB), 131, f, 4, Rock of Gibraltar (Ire)–Redskin Dancer (Ire), by Namid (GB). (£20,000 Ylg ’14 DNPRM; £12,500 Ylg ’14 DONNOV). O-Peter Smith P C Coaches Ltd. £10,105.

3–Dancing Breeze (Ire), 121, f, 3, New Approach (Ire)–Posterity (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire). O-Merry Fox Stud Ltd. £5,057.

Margins: 4HF, 2 1/4, 2. Odds: 0.70, 7.50, 10.00. Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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