John Oxx is keen to find a new tenant for his impressive Currabeg stables as he embraces an active retirement after 41 years in the training ranks. 

Oxx saddled the final runners of an illustrious career at the Curragh in November, and the juvenile colt Earlswood almost provided him with a fairytale ending when beaten less than a length in a typically competitive maiden at his local track. 

Having seen the size of his string dwindle in recent seasons, the 70-year-old is hoping the facility can prove a hive of human and equine activity in the near future. 

"I never look back much," Oxx told RTÉ's Sunday Sport, as he contemplated the past and looked to what lies ahead for both himself and Currabeg. 

"Our main focus is the future and moving on. 

"We have this property here, which is quite large to say the least. We want to see it prosper into the future and get somebody else here to rent it from us and carry on, and we can watch from the sidelines and see what happens."

The yard is right on the edge of the Curragh training centre and features 125 boxes, but one particular stable stands out. 

Three plaques mark the box that was home to Sinndar, then Alamshaar and then Sea The Stars during their glorious spells at Currabeg. 

Sea The Stars will be remembered as one of the all-time greats, a winner of six Group Ones in as many months during an annus mirabilis for Oxx in 2009, with those victories coming in the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Coral-Eclipse, the Juddmonte International, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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"You couldn't in your lifetime expect to have a horse like that," Oxx reflected. 

"You could never have a second one. Few trainers get to have a horse like that and it was a great achievement for the horse to win all those races. 

"When he won the Arc, there was a great sigh of relief. He'd done it now, he'd won those six big races all in the one season, and to see him come through and win so magnificently on Arc day was a tremendous relief and brought tremendous satisfaction. 

"You just felt afterwards, 'did that really happen' and 'did that really happen to me'. 

"Weren't we so lucky and privileged to have the good fortune to have him and for him to have walked through our gate."

Sea The Stars was also fortunate to have found a trainer as masterful as Oxx to hone his talents. 

Despite Sinndar achieving a Derby-Arc double for Oxx, the handler was reluctant to select the second best horse to pass through his hands. 

"It's a bit like your children, you can't put one above the other," he quipped. 

"All those great horses meant a lot at the time."

While Oxx will take great interest in the fortunes of the new man or woman who leases his yard, they shouldn't expect their new landlord to fill any of their boxes with his own stock. 

"We'll have no horses," he insisted.

"I'm not wealthy enough to own racehorses. I needed to train them for a living, not own them."