Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

The Punter: Sea The Stars can sow seeds of glory

Now that Sea The Stars has been retired to stud, Paddy Power have put up a market regarding his breeding career.

Having also agreed to return all ante-post bets on the horse for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, they go 25-1 that he will take the breeding world by storm and produce a Derby winner from his first crop of foals.

Paddy Power said: “It's sad to see the back of him but he has nothing more to prove. Let's just hope he's more Sadlers Wells than Cigar or Gorgeous George!”

The latter, of course, was the ill-fated George Washington whose adoring fans gave him that name because of his physical beauty.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, George took both the Phoenix Stakes and National Stakes as a two-year-old before going on to win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket (2006) beating subsequent Derby winner Sir Percy. He then added the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot which saw him being named as Europe’s top three-year-old.

Alas, he suffered an ankle fracture during the Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park in October 2007 which means the son of Danehill, had only one offspring.

And William Hill are offering 20-1 she lands a Group 1 victory before the end of her four-year-old season in 2012.

The bay filly passed through the sales ring recently at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales for 320,000 guineas.

Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “I don’t think I’m alone in hoping that the only offspring of the brilliant George Washington turns out to be as talented as her sire.”

Maybe she will be like her dad and refuse to enter the winner’s enclosure if triumphing in the 2011 Guineas.

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