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Epsom Rewind: Sea The Stars lands a Classic double in the 2009 Derby

Sea The Stars wrote himself into the history books with an impressive performance on the Downs



Sea The Stars ridden by jockey Mick Kinane goes on to win the Investec Derby during Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse

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.

The Grandstand Complex at Epsom Downs Racecourse Surrey England
Epsom Downs would become the fourth track where Sea The Stars would record victory, winning a total of 8 races from his 9 career starts thereafter

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.

Sea The Stars colt Stradivarius is a three-time Ascot Gold Cup winner
Did you know? Sea The Stars became the first horse since Nashwan in 1989 to win the 2000 Guineas and Derby double.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.