Despite being right in the middle of the national hunt racing season, it was the flat version that had punters talking this week as the entries for the 2012 Epsom Derby were unveiled.
The reason the summer game was back in the news was the presence of Sea The Stars half brother, Born To Sea, amongst the 478 entries. The colt by Invincible Spirit is also owned by the Tsui family and is to be trained on the Curragh by John Oxx next season. The colts dam, Urban Sea has already bred two Derby winers and all eyes will be on the latest Oxx recruit when he makes his debut next season.
John Clarke, racing adviser to the Tsui family said:
“Born To Sea is a sensational-looking yearling and has all of the attributes you would look for in a top-class horse, but it is too early to know whether he has any ability yet. He is as good looking as Sea The Stars was at this stage of his development but, being a yearling, he is far from the finished article. He has settled in nicely at John’s (yard). He has been there a couple of months now and he is doing everything right so far”.