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Euro Action -- Sea the Stars

In England this past weekend Sea The Stars (IRE) captured the Stanjames.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket, adding another chapter in the remarkable story of the late Urban Sea. The 1993 CIGA Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) heroine, a daughter of Miswaki, has been represented by eight starters, and all eight of them are stakes horses, with six group or graded victors, one other group-placed, and an additional listed winner.

The Stars Aligned, a recent Mahubah's Corner column on BloodHorse.com, includes analysis of Urban Sea's production record and is a good read.

Of course, Urban Sea's dam, Allegretta (GB) (by the German horse Lombard (GER)), was no slouch in the production stakes either. In addition to Urban Sea, she is dam of two other stakes winners and granddam of seven more, including the Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I) winner Anabaa Blue (GB) and German group I winner Anzillero (GER).

Sea The Stars is by Cape Cross (by the excellent sire and sire of sires, Green Desert, himself a son of Danzig). Sea of Stars comes from the first crop sired by Cape Cross after the Horse of the Year campaign put on by Ouija Board (GB) in her 3-year-old season, and follows that mare as Cape Cross's second European group I winner. Overall, he has 32 stakes winners from his first six crops, 16 of them group winners. He's also sired 16 stakes winners from four New Zealand crops, five of them grade I.

Sea the Stars is one of five stakes winners by Cape Cross out of Mr. Prospector-line mares. He is also bred on somewhat similar lines to the previously-mentioned French classic winner Anabaa Blue, who is by Anabaa (a son of Cape Cross's grandsire Danzig) out of a half-sister to Urban Sea. We can also mention that Sadler's Wells, sire of three of Urban Sea's group/graded winners, is by Northern Dancer out of a mare by Bold Reason, and Cape Cross's sire Green Deser is by a son of Northern Dancer out of a mare by Bold Reason's half-brother Never Bend.  

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