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Sunday 22 October 2017

Sea The Moon is a star in making

Sea The Stars
Sea The Stars

LAST Sunday's German Derby was turned into a procession by Sea The Moon and he really does look like a top-class individual that is hopefully going to follow somewhat in his fathers footsteps.

It was a very impressive performance by a very talented racehorse and it was fantastic for Sea The Stars to get his second Classic winner as a sire.

There is no doubt that Sea The Moon is a little quirky and he has a tendency to hang left but for those of you who haven't seen the race yet it is certainly worth catching on YouTube, if possible.

Christophe Soumillon rode him and turning into the straight Christophe brought him right across to the near rail and it was a great decision as the horse just took off.

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He was starting to ease down inside the final furlong and yet he still could hardly pull him up and you would have to be very impressed.

People will suggest that it was 'only' a German Derby but that would be a very inaccurate assessment as there were lines of English and French form to make the performance very good indeed and as a result of what we saw the handicapper has rated Sea The Moon two-pounds higher than Australia and I would have to absolutely agree with him on that.

Sea The Moon is now four from four and it looks like his long-term aim will be the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. It would be a fantastic story if he could win the race as Sea The Stars won it in 2009.

While he is clearly very talented, there are notable differences between himself and his father.

Sea The Stars wasn't quirky but certainly had character. If there were 23 sheep on the Curragh on a Tuesday and only 21 there on Friday, Sea The Stars would notice! Anything out of place at all and he'd know, he was very intelligent.

I wouldn't imagine that the kink of wanting to go left is something that will leave Sea The Moon, but it certainly hasn't affected his results yet.

I know he won't get away with going stand side in the Arc but I would say looking at his action that he is a horse who would appreciate ease in the ground and while I wouldn't be taking the 5/1 about him now, I would be happy to sit and wait and take something similar on the day.

I have spoken to the owners, the Tsui family, about him and they are over the moon, they're really excited and they also purchased Sea The Moon's full sister at the sales last year so they are very pleased.

They are both from a good German family so it is no surprise that Sea The Moon is a very good horse.

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