Big Sea The Stars presence in 2014 Derby

Wed 12th Dec 2012, 15:01

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No less than 33 yearlings from the first crop of the brilliant Sea The Stars are among the 406 entries revealed on Wednesday for the 2014 Investec Derby.

Sea The Stars won the Derby in 2009 during a fantastic campaign that saw him take six Group One prizes in as many months before his retirement to stud.

His first progeny will contest a prize worth at least £1.325 million at Epsom on June 7, 2014, in the 235th running of the world's most famous Flat race.

His Derby-entered progeny include the first foal of Japanese star mare Vodka, the Japan Cup winner, a E1.2million colt out of 2009 Prix Jean Romanet winner Alpine Rose who topped the Arqana August sale, and sons of the 2000 and 2008 Investec Oaks heroines Love Divine and Look Here.

Sea The Stars' owner Christopher Tsui has six of the sire's yearlings entered.

Sea The Stars' half-brother Galileo, regarded by many as the world's best stallion, has 52 entries including Qatar Racing's 2.5 million guineas purchase Hydrogen, the most expensive yearling sold at auction this year.

The three-parts brother to 2007 Investec Derby hero Authorized is set to go into training with Peter Chapple-Hyam.

The Coolmore team are responsible for 56 entries, among them a Galileo colt out of dual Group One winner Red Evie and another Galileo colt out of multiple Group One scorer Alexander Goldrun, who was purchased for 950,000 guineas at Tattersalls.

The Aga Khan has also enjoyed four Investec Derby triumphs with Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kahyasi (1988) and Sinndar (2000) and he has 19 entries for the 2014 Group One spread between Alain de Royer-Dupre and Mikel Delzangles in France plus Oxx.

Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose famous blue and white silks were carried to victory by Nashwan (1989) and Erhaab (1994) at Epsom Downs, is well represented with 23 entries including Almuhalab - a Dansili colt out of 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner Ghanaati, who goes into training with Charlie Hills.

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