24 August 2018

The 2018 flat season is, most definitely, all about the girls, or more specifically, the three-year-old fillies. Alpha Centauri (IRE) notched her fourth straight Group 1 win a fortnight ago, also significant in being her first against the opposite sex, and the latest lady to confirm her leading status is SEA OF CLASS (IRE), who oozed star quality when gliding home in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks.

Nails were ground down with the wait James Doyle endured in the Irish Oaks last month and once again, this time on the Knavesmire, he remained motionless as the crowd held their breath, his rivals under pressure, until he unleashed his mount with a little over a furlong to go. The chestnut filly showed a turn of foot not unlike her sire, Sea The Stars (IRE), and powered past Coronet to assert by two and a quarter lengths.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe may be next for SEA OF CLASS (IRE), whose sire won the prestigious contest in 2009, while his dam claimed victory in 1993, both of whom also raced in the Tsui family’s silks.

SEA OF CLASS (IRE) was bred by the Botti family’s Razza del Velino out of the Listed winning mare Holy Moon (IRE), who cost Alessandro Botti just 2,600IRG at Goffs as a yearling. She has the unique claim to producing four Classic winners, as well as all nine of her foals of racing age having won, with seven of those securing black-type.

Holy Moon (IRE)’s dam, meanwhile, is a half-sister to Italian Oaks heroine and Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes second Bright Generation (IRE), also known as the grand-dam of dual Group 1 winner Dabirsim.

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