After claiming a maiden Group 1 success in the 2000 Guineas, Sea The Stars was assigned his toughest test yet in the 2009 Epsom Derby.
The three-year-old colt has several stamina concerns, as John Oxx’s star had never competed further than a mile.
But he put those doubts to bed with a gutsy effort on the Epsom Downs.
Sea The Stars stayed in touch with the main group for the majority of the contest, moving up into fourth coming into the home straight.
By three furlongs out, the half-brother of Galileo had pushed into third place and began to chase down the leader Golden Sword.
The colt gathered up the leader in the final furlong before being ridden home by Mick Kinane, holding off favourite Fame And Glory by a length and three quarters.
Sea The Stars would go on to win four more Group 1s that season, including the Irish Champion Stakes and Prix l’Arc De Triomphe.
He would be retired to stud at the end of the season, going on to sire several Group 1 winners including 2013 Derby winner Harzard and superstar stayer Stradivarius.