Sea The Stars: first-season stud fee will be €85,000PICTURE:Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Sea The Stars goes to Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud
AFTER weeks of speculation, the Tsui family have announced that Sea The Stars will stand at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare.
The brilliant son of Cape Cross will stand his first season at a fee of €85,000 and is likely to cover a first book of approximately 120 mares.
Ling Tsui, mother of Christopher Tsui in whose colours the three-year-old colt raced, said: "His Highness was kind enough to let usstand Sea The Stars at Gilltown while keeping ownership of him and we are most grateful. The staff and facilities at Gilltown are top class and Sea The Stars will enjoy his stay there."
His Highness the Aga Khan, who stands Dalakhani and Azamour at Gilltown, said: "Mrs Tsui and Christopher's decision to entrust the future career at stud of Sea The Stars to Gilltown Stud farm brings to everyone at the Aga KhanStuds, as well as to me personally, the greatest happiness. Mrs Tsui and Christopher's decision is certainly one of the most important developments for my operation since I inherited it in 1960.
"This horse could also help develop relations to bring Chinese investment into the European bloodstock market."
Aga Khan: 'the greatest happiness'PICTURE: Edward Whitaker
The AgaKhan also announced that last year's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava would be among Sea The Stars first book of mares, saying: "In keeping with the motto ofthe Aga Khan Studs 'success breeds success' I look forward to the earliest opportunity to send my unbeaten champion Zarkava to Sea The Stars.
"I believe the last two Arc winners were made for each other both in terms of ability, temperament and conformation. The best needs to be bred to the best."
Sea The Stars's trainer, John Oxx said: "It’s nice a home has been found for him and the sooner he’s out in the paddocks the better because you get a bit nervous when they are about to go. I expect he’ll leave us within a matter of days.
"The Aga Khan was over to see something with us in the late summer and he saw Sea The Stars then, as everybody would want to do. They (the Tsuis) were always going to stand him in Ireland, and never had any intention to sell, and narrowed down the list.
"I wasn't involved in the discussions, my job was to train him and his owners were well capable of negotiating on things like this so I left it to them."
Oxx added: "I’m surehe’ll get supported with mares from all quarters there. He’s got a bit of a winter coat on him, he had it at Longchamp, and put on a bit of weight and he’s ready for the paddocks now."