5/10/09: John Oxx’s family and staff gathered to give their World Champion a welcome home, after Sea The Stars secured racing immortality with victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp yesterday.The John Oxx-trained colt carved his name into the annals of Turf history with a sixth consecutive Group One triumph, in the process becoming the only horse to complete the 2000 Guineas, Epsom derby and Arc treble. Brilliantly ridden by the veteran Mick Kinane, who has been at the helm for all nine racecourse appearances of Sea The Stars, the remarkable three-year-old emphatically justified red-hot favouritism.
John Oxx, Trainer of Sea the Stars said: “Every time he has gone out he has been a little better than the last time, it’s a great fairytale story really, you dream about having a horse with great acceleration and he has it. We are lucky and privileged to have a horse like this. He is a great, great horse to keep on winning and to have won all of those races. We just go from race to race and we will see – he has done a lot.
“He’s in good form today after travelling back late last night, we will let the dust settle, and now is not the time to make a decision, the Breeders’ Cup is still an option we haven’t ruled it out.
“To have got as far as the Arc is a lot to be thankful for and we are proud on behalf of the Curragh, the County of Kildare and Ireland to have him crowned yesterday as a true world champion. In terms of his construction he is a fantastic athlete and is mentally very strong – he’s the Usain Bolt of the equine world.”
Brian Kavanagh, HRI Chief Executive said: “I would like to pay tribute, on behalf of Horse Racing Ireland and everyone who loves top class international sport, to the magnificent performance of John Oxx and his team in producing See The Stars to win six of the world’s premier races this year, with the expert guidance of Mick Kinane in the saddle. An Irish bred, trained and ridden World Champion racehorse, now widely being lauded in international circles as one of the greatest of all time following his superlative victory in yesterday’s Arc, is an achievement of which the whole racing industry in this country can be justifiably proud.”
Arguably the most exciting horse to race on the Flat in living memory, this three-year-old son of Cape Cross has truly dominated the Flat season and sealed his legacy amongst the all-time greats. The regally-bred colt has been imperious in completing a truly unique Group 1 six-timer this season, winning the Newmarket 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, with him giving the distinct impression on each and every occasion that there was more left in his tank if required to be called upon.
On Sunday, Sea The Stars overcame all sorts of problems to win a well up-to-scratch renewal of the Arc in authoritative style and this Irish-bred, Irish-trained and Irish-ridden colt can now be hailed as one of the greatest Irish sports stars in many years. All the praise that has been and will be heaped on John Oxx and Mick Kinane for the pivotal roles they have played in the career of this great colt has never been so justified, as both of these consummate professionals have not put a foot wrong with the horse at any stage of his career.
Whether or not he appears on a racecourse again, this colt has already done more than enough for racing and with him being highly-likely to start his career as a stallion in Ireland, his lifelong association with Ireland looks set to continue for many years to come.