Sea the Stars (Ire)

First Foal For Classic Winner Santiago

Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}), a G1 Irish Derby victor and winner of G2 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, sired his first reported foal when Bestow (GB) produced a filly at Ballincurrig House Stud on Monday night. "She's a gorgeous bay filly with quality, bone and size," said owner Michael Moore. "We are delighted with her." Bestow is a daughter of Presenting (GB) and a half-sister to Operating (GB) (Milan {GB}), winner of the €100,000 Aon H. Novice Chase at Punchestown. Santiago, who stands at Coolmore's Castlehyde Stud, is a Derby...

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12 Questions: James McHale

First job in the Thoroughbred industry? Pupil Assistant to Ian Williams. Biggest influence on your career? I've been lucky to get guidance and advice from many great people, Ian gave me a great chance at the start. More recently Joe Osborne and David Redvers have been great influences in different ways and I have to mention my colleague Nick Craven at Weatherbys. My family has also been very supportive of me working in racing. Favourite racehorse of all time, and why? Sea The Stars really was a huge favourite of...

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Burgarita First To Seven Figures At Arqana, As Godolphin Buys Dual Stakes Winner For 1.7m

The talented and well-related Burgarita (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) (lot 177) was the first seven-figure lot at Arqana on Saturday, making €1.7 million from Anthony Stroud. Bound for the Godolphin fold, the bay filly-in-training was offered by Baroda Stud. A dual listed winner, the half-sister to G3 Prix Allez France heroine Aquamarine (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) was second three times at group level and ran third in the G1 Prix de Diane. Under the second dam is the GI Beverly D. S. and GI Diana S. heroine Angara (GB)...

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Book 1 Sale Topper Set For Kempton Unveiling

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Observations features the 2021 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 topper.  17.15 Kempton, Nov, £6,800, 2yo, f, 8f (AWT) Godolphin debutante RAINBOW SKY (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), who is a full-sister to G1 Prix Marcel Boussac third Star Terms (GB), topped the sheets at last year's Tattersalls...

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Brother Of Mutakayyef On Deck For Nottingham Bow

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Wednesday's Observations features a full-brother to Mutakayyef (GB).   13.16 Nottingham, Mdn, £8,000, 2yo, 8f 75y (AWT) Cheveley Park Stud's STAR AHOY (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) is a William Haggas-trained son of G1 Coronation S. and G1 Falmouth S. second Infallible (GB) (Pivotal {GB}). He is thus a...

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Lordship Stud's Book 1 Hit Debuts At HQ

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Saturday's Observations features a half-sister to German Group 1 winner Aspetar (Fr) (Al Kazeem {GB}). 1.38 Newmarket, Novice, £8,000, 2yo, f, 7fT GLOWING SKY (IRE) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) cost Lordship Stud 380,000gns at last year's Book 1, partly due to the fact that she is a half-sister to...

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Observations: Desert Hero Graces Redcar

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Monday's Insights features TDN Rising Star Desert Hero. 2.30 Redcar, Novice, £8,000, 2yo, 9fT DESERT HERO (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) earned TDN Rising Star status on debut at Haydock in June before finishing third to Silver Knott (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) in Sandown's G3 Solario S. and...

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Sea The Stars's Emily Upjohn Dominates The Fillies & Mares

Nursed back from a deflating heavy defeat in the King George by John and Thady Gosden, TDN Rising Star Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) returned to Ascot's same mile and a half with a flourish to capture Saturday's G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S. and complete a Frankie Dettori double on QIPCO British Champions Day. Keen initially as she had been last time, the newly-hooded bay was restrained to race halfway down the field trapped wide throughout the early stages. Travelling strongly on the turn into...

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Champions Day Fields Finalised

Declarations for Saturday's Champions Day bonanza at Ascot were finalised Thursday morning, with no surprise defections from the main contests. Shadwell's hitherto undefeated Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will conclude his racing career in the £1.3-million Qipco Champion S. and faces off against last year's G1 Derby and G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. hero Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). Baaeed has drawn stall one, and Adayar stall six, in the day's feature event. Elsewhere on the £4-million card, Cheveley Park Stud's G1 Coronation S. and G1 Prix...

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Varian Goes To 700k Gns For Sea The Stars (Ire) Colt

Longview Stud consigned a colt by Sea The Stars (Ire) (lot 1048) during Book 2 on Tuesday, and the chestnut son of dual stakes winner Along Came Casey (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}) caught the eye of Roger Varian at 700,000gns to take the lead for the session. Also placed three times at Group 3 level, the mare has already produced the G3 Darley S. winner Feliciana De Vega (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}). Bred by Highview Bloodstock, Ltd., the colt's extended family contains GI Beverly D. S. heroine Fire The Groom...

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Half To Coroebus Debuts At Yarmouth

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Monday's Observations features a Shamardal half-brother to Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). 1.20 Killarney, Mdn, €18,000, 2yo, 8f 60yT WATER NYMPH (IRE) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}), one of two Ballydoyle representatives in the line-up, is a half-sister to the G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Nassau S. heroine Fancy Blue (Ire)...

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Sea The Stars' Flying Honours On Top In The Zetland

Flying Honours, who was 2-7 when caught out by a sprint finish last time, had placed himself among the key 2023 Derby prospects previously when beating the subsequent Haynes, Hanson & Clark winner Stormbuster (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) by 5 1/2 lengths in Salisbury's Listed Stonehenge S. also at a mile Aug. 19. Charlie Appleby was delighted to have him back on track. "As William said, you can see how we got beat last time. They have gone a good gallop today and he has had to stay and stay well...

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