Freshman Born To Sea sires first stakes winner

Sea Of Grace in the Curragh winners enclosure with John Oxx (right)

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Freshman Born To Sea sires first stakes winner
By James Thomas 4:18PM 28 AUG 2016

FIRST-SEASON sire Born To Sea recorded his first stakes winner on Sunday when his daughter Sea Of Grace showed equal amounts of guts and class to land the Group 3 Flame Of Tara Stakes at the Curragh.

Fittingly the filly is trained by John Oxx, who also oversaw the career of Born To Sea.

The two-year-old was bred by Robert Norton out of Lady Dettoria, a 1m4f winner in France by Vettori and out of the Listed-winning Delimara.

Lady Dettoria has produced three winners from as many runners, with her other starters being Sea Of Grace's half-brothers Pepparone – who gained black type in an Italian Listed race, and Jumeirah Glory – whom Richard Fahey has saddled to four successes.

The dam is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Cougar Bay and a granddaughter of 1980 Italian champion three-year-old filly Mariella.

Last year Lady Dettoria returned barren to Fast Company and in 2016 was bred to Coolmore resident Rock Of Gibraltar.

Sea Of Grace has twice been through the sales ring, firstly when selling as a foal at the Goffs November Sale, where she was picked up for €80,000 by Mark Dwyer's Oaks Farm.

She was later offered as a yearling at last year's Arqana August Yearling Sale, where Mandore International Agency signed for her at €260,000.

Born To Sea, a son of Invincible Spirit who won one of his eight career starts when making a successful debut in a Listed event before going on to finish second in Camelot's Irish Derby, has made a relatively low-key start to his stud career, having supplied five winners across Europe.

However, with his four priciest yearlings still to hit the track, not to mention being out of Urban Sea – which makes him a close relation to Sea The Stars and a half-brother to the all-conquering Galileo, it remains entirely possible that the best is still to come from the Gilltown Stud resident.

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