Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Israeli special forces attack Hamas base inside Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • Legal challenge to French mayor’s ban of Muslim hijab on beach

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces ‘executed prisoners in reprisal’ for ISIS killings

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

Sea The Stars joins racing's greats at Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

©

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-10-05

Irish colt Sea The Stars, ridden by Mick Kinane, clinched victory in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday to be crowned Europe's champion racehorse. Sea The Stars was the race's hot favorite.

Reuters - Sea The Stars, ridden by Mick Kinane, swept to a majestic victory in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday to be crowned Europe's champion racehorse.
 

The 4-6 favourite raced home in spectacular fashion for Irish trainer John Oxx, bursting through on the inside for an effortless two-length victory over 20-1 chance Youmzain, runner-up for the third year in succession.
 

Frankie Dettori's mount Cavalryman (12-1) was third of the 19 runners with Breeders' Cup Turf winner Conduit (8-1) fourth.
 

Winning his sixth Group One race in a row, Sea The Stars triumphantly showed himself right up there with Ribot, Sea Bird II and Mill Reef as one of the great Arc victors.
 

Soft-spoken Oxx was almost lost for words after this latest success.
 

"He is exceptional," Oxx said as excited Longchamp racegoers, who had applauded his horse into the parade ring, gave the handsome colt a standing ovation after his victory. "He is a great horse to keep winning all these races."
 

"No horse in any race has the speed he has," Oxx said of the champion who must mow rank as the world's top rated performer.
 

Kinane had to restrain Sea The Stars early on and then negotiated a perfect run up the straight as the two pacemakers for Aidan O'Brien's big hope Fame And Glory quickly relinquished a 10-length lead.
 

Once Kinane pushed the button, the reaction was electrifying with Sea The Stars racing past French hope Stacelita and easily holding off late surges by Youmzain and the rest, including Fame And Glory who came home sixth.
 


 

FANTASTIC ACCELERATION
 

Kinane said: "He was the fastest horse in the race. His acceleration is fantastic."
 

Trainer Mick Channon, the former England soccer international, was full of admiration for the winner even though his horse Youmzain had to settle for second best once more, despite the assistance this year of Kieren Fallon in the saddle.
 

"What a champion," Channon said. "We are delighted but gutted ... again."
 

For ice-cool big race specialist Kinane, it was his third victory in the Arc. He won Europe's middle-distance championship 20 years ago on Carroll House and 10 years ago aboard Montjeu.
 

At the age of 50, his riding skills showed no signs of dimming aboard Epsom Derby winner Sea The Stars.
 

Kinane said quite simply: "He's given me a new lease of life."   
 

For trainer Oxx, the "Quiet Man" of Irish racing, it was his second Arc victory after Sinndar's triumph in 2000.
 

He has been hailed for his masterly handling of Sea The Stars, keeping the colt fresh and keen throughout a glorious campaign starting in May with his English 2,000 Guineas victory.
 

Oxx refused to be tied down on whether his champion would wind up his career with a shot at the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita next month, telling reporters: "Let the dust settle first."
 

Bookmakers, anticipating the horse might take his chance, cut the colt's odds from 9-4 to 4-6.
 

Sea The Stars is raced by Hong Kong nightclub owner Chris Tsui whose father David won the 1993 Arc with Urban Sea, dam of Sea The Stars.
 

With $5.8 million in prizemoney on Sunday, the world's richest turf race boasted a truly international field with runners spanning the globe from the Czech Republic to Brazil.
 

The Aga Khan, who won the Arc last year with Zarkava, had no luck this year with his runner in the big race but still enjoyed an unprecedented weekend.
 

The Aga, one of the world's top owner-breeders, won seven of the races at the two-day meeting, including five Group One contests.
 

Completing a stellar weekend, the last of his winners, Alandi, was ridden by Kinane for Oxx, relegating O'Brien's popular stayer Yeats to third in the Prix du Cadran.
 

Date created : 2009-10-04

Comments

COMMENT(S)