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Sea The Stars accounts for 33 of 2014 Derby entries

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 15:33 | Comments

Sea The Stars' progeny will make their racecourse bow next season
Sea The Stars' progeny will make their racecourse bow next season

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

Sea The Stars won the Derby in 2009 during a fantastic campaign that saw him win 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 7 June, 2014, in the 235th running of the world's most famous Flat race.

Sea The Stars' entries include the first-foal of Japanese star mare Vodka, whose seven top-level successes included the Japan Cup, a €1.2 million 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.

Another eyecatching entry is Primogeniture, the first foal of four-time Indian Classic heroine Jacqueline who is in training with John Oxx in Ireland.

Godolphin's 68 initial entries include a New Approach colt out of 2002 Investec Oaks winner Kazzia, and a Street Cry colt out of US Grade Two scorer Serenading.

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 and 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.

Epsom's director of racing Andrew Cooper said: "The first entry for the 2014 Investec Derby not only includes the very best bred yearlings in Europe but the race's global appeal is exemplified by the fact that colts out of Indian and Japanese champion racemares are engaged.

"We are also hugely encouraged to see such a international spread of owners represented and look forward to the recent run of outstanding Investec Derby winners continuing."

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