06/26/2014 4:38PM

Limited Southern Hemisphere book for Sea The Stars


Sea The Stars, Europe’s Horse of the Year in 2009, will cover a limited book of mares at his home base in Ireland during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season for an advertised base fee of about $115,680 (85,000 Euros).

The 8-year-old son of Cape Cross stands at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Co. Kildare, Ireland, for the same price during the Northern Hemisphere season.

The covering fee will be non-refundable at 45 days gestation for the Southern Hemisphere-time mating, but breeders will be offered about $11,570 (8,500 Euros) toward expenses.

"There has been considerable interest in Sea The Stars from many Southern Hemisphere breeders ever since he retired to stud and this is a great opportunity to use a wonderful racehorse with an impeccable pedigree who has made such an outstanding start to his stud career," said Pat Downes, manager of Gilltown Stud.

Sea The Stars, a half brother to all-world sire Galileo out of elite broodmare Urban Sea, is represented by his first crop of 3-year-olds in 2014, led by recent Epsom Oaks winner Taghrooda and four additional group stakes winners.