Sea The Stars to stand at Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Ireland

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  • Six-times Group One winning Flat racehorse Sea The Stars is to stand at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Co Kildare, Ireland.

    After becoming the first horse to win the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, owners the Tsui family made the decision to retire Sea The Stars.

    But there has recently been debate over where they would retire the son of Cape Cross out of Urban Sea to.

    Sea The Stars will be standing at Gilltown Stud and will command a fee of E85,000 (£77,000).

    He is likely to cover about 120 mares in his first season — including Arc winner Zarkava.

    In a statement Ling Tsui said: “Gilltown is an ideal stud for Sea The Stars to thrive and develop as a stallion and there is no more appropriate place for him to stand than in his homeland and close to Currabeg where he was trained by John Oxx.

    “His Highness was kind enough to let us stand Sea The Stars at Gilltown while keeping ownership of him and we are most grateful. The staff and facilities at Gilltown are top-class and Sea The Stars will enjoy his stay there.”

    The Aga Khan added: “We are all proud to have such a remarkable athlete join the Aga Khan stallions at stud, and we are convinced that the Aga Khan mares, who have produced outstanding racehorses during the last 50 years, will breed very well indeed to Sea The Stars.

    “In keeping with the motto of the Aga Khan Studs ‘success breeds success’ I look forward to the earliest opportunity to send my unbeaten champion Zarkava to Sea The Stars.

    “I believe the last two Arc winners were made for each other both in terms of ability, temperament and conformation. The best needs to be bred to the best.”

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