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When you look back through some of the great flat horses then one name that will forever be remembered is Sea the Stars. He epitomized what it is to be a champion with some remarkable performances, never tasting defeat again following his debut fourth. His 2009 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe victory will live long in the memory as it was backed with one of the greatest commentaries, as he came from a very unpromising position to win comfortably and cement himself as one the greatest horses in the history of the sport with an RPR high of 138.
Times have now moved on and a champion has emerged in his offspring in the brilliantly named 3-year-old filly, Sea of Class. So what are her chances ahead of Europe's most prestigious race? Punters have been positive of her chances and she has been supported using the Volt casino promo code in to second favourite behind 2017 winner Enable.
Trained by William Haggas, Sea of Class only made her appearance on a racecourse back in April but has continued to improve since then. She was sent off at odds of 5/4 for a maiden at Newmarket but it was clear she badly needed the experience, flashing her tail on occasions and was beaten a head by the Ralph Beckett trained Ceilidhs Dream. She was then stepped up to contest a listed race at Newbury and was sent off at odds of 9/4. Confidently ridden by James Doyle she made stealthy headway through the field to win readily by 2 lengths. This was an impressive performance as she beat two promising horses in Athena and Crystal Hope.
Sea of Class was again pitched into a listed race to gain further experience and was very impressive as she made up ground from the back of the field on the bridle. She only needed to be pushed out to win comfortably by 2 lengths as group races were calling. Her reputation was building and she was sent off at 30/100 on the off. The Curragh was the next point of call as she was stepping up straight to Group 1 Company to contest the Darley Irish Oaks. She would be taking on stiff competition in the Aiden O'Brien pair Forever Together and Magic Wand. Magic Wand had previously won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot very impressively with Forever Together a runner away winner of the Investec Oaks at Epsom.
Sea of Class sat last for much of the contest under a very confident James Doyle and made effortless progress on the outside down the straight. She kept on strongly close home to lead on the line under hands and heels. Doyle said he always felt that he was going to get there so just how good is Sea of Class?
Her final start she would contest the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and was supported into the 7/4 favourite on the off as she faced off against a tough field. As is customary she made effortless ground from the back of the field and put the race to bed only having to be shaken up. There is no doubt there is a lot of comparisons of her running style with Sea the Stars. Can she now go on to emulate him? She faces a stern test in superstar filly Enable but she will be getting the weight and there is no doubt she is the most exciting 3 year old in training and rates a good bet against the favourite as long as the ground comes up good or better.
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