Arc winner Sea The Stars has been retired to stud.

The John Oxx-trained three-year-old was hailed as one of the greatest racehorses of all time earlier this month after he became the first horse to win the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

After winning six consecutive Group One races this season, owner Christopher Tsui was debating whether to send Sea The Stars to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

But today (Tuesday 13 October) it was announced that the son of Cape Cross out of Urban Sea will retire to stud and is expected to stand in Ireland.

In a statement to the press John Oxx said: “It has been decided after discussions with Christopher Tsui that Sea The Stars will not take part in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on 7 November.

“He’s had a long season and has been in regular fast work from 3 March, with his final workout on 2 October. He’s been in intensive training for seven months with only a three-week break after the Eclipse Stakes at the beginning of July.

“We feel it is unfair to keep him going any further given his unprecedented record of achievement in the last six months. He’s come out of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in his usual good form.

“He is fit and healthy and has been cantering since the race. He is now retiring from racing, but I have no information on stud career details and an announcement will be made at a much later date when plans have been finalised.”