European Bloodstock News: A first moon on earth
The connections of Lanwades Stud and Gestüt Görlsdorf have announced that the first foal of its eleven-length Gr.1 Deutsches Derby winner Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) has been born. The brown filly was born yesterday morning at Kingwood Stud and is described as being very correct and a good size, with a lot of her father about her.
The filly is out of Patronella, a High Chaparral half-sister to the Listed-placed Ejaazah (Acclamation), out of the Gr.3 Sweet Solera Stakes heroine English Ballet (Danehill Dancer). The dam was purchased by Kingwood Stud at the Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale last year for 42,000gns, where she was consigned by the Castlebridge Consignment. English Ballet is herself a half-sister to last season’s Gr.1 Prix de Diane winner Star Of Seville and is from the family of Gr.1 winner Winchester.
A Gestut Gorlsdorf homebred, Sea The Moon scored an impressive four-length win on debut at Cologne, his sole start at two. Returning in the Gr.3 Fruhjahrs-Preis at Frankfurt, he scored a two-length win and added the Gr.2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen to his CV with ease next time out. Sent off favourite for the German Classic, the bay travelled strongly in the hands of Christophe Soumillon and sauntered home to a wide margin win. His fifth and final start on a racetrack was in the Gr.1 Grosser Preis von Baden where he finished second to Ivanhowe.
Sea The Moon is set to cover his second book of mares at Lanwades Stud at a fee of £15,000, which is unchanged from last year.