More Sea The Stars
I read he is a bit tired after yesterday’s exertions. Me too, lack of movement today has given me some nasty lactic acid in my thighs but I don’t care if I am walking like a woman with no knees. I have seen an incredible thing. Six incredible things. I don’t know what amazes me most – the race records or the manner of the victories, Kinane’s coolness under pressure or John Oxx’s great measuredness, the horse’s exceptional talent or the notion that he knows nothing of the fuss he has created.
I started the year thinking it would be rare indeed to see a Guineas/Derby double and now look where we are. My anxiety last week when it became evident he would run surprised me. I am beginning to think it is going to take a while to sink in. It is going to take a few Guineas, Derbys and Arcs where we unfavourably compare the new heroes of the day to Sea The Stars. I don’t expect we will see his like again.
I am torn. I don’t want him to leave the stage, but I don’t want his perfect record besmirched. I genuinely don’t want him to travel to California, but if he did I would almost buy a ticket to be there. I can see he has nothing left to prove but I wonder if he could win two Arcs! In the jumping game you have (if you are lucky) your stars around for a few years. In the flat business, blink and you miss them, such is the desirability of their genes. Next year I will be looking for a new star, but will I ever enjoy it as much as this year. I don’t know, but I hope so. Flat racing is so very transient. Each season I watch makes me aware of time passing and this campaign has done that in the most raw and elemental way.
In the meantime, I am determined to enjoy every moment left of his public life, so see some lovely pictures of him returning as Arc hero and looking as laid back as ever he did here: