Euro Action -- Sea the Stars
Written by Alan Porter 1 | May 07, 2009 |
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).
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.