Sea the Stars foals sell for record £4.5m
JOHN Oxx's brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sea The Stars is continuing to break records off the track.
The all-conquering son of Cape Cross -- unbeaten during a marvellous three-year-old campaign which also saw him capture the Epsom Derby under regular partner Mick Kinane -- has been rewriting a set of record books in his second career.
By the end of the British and Irish bloodstock world's foal auction season on Saturday, 13 of the unbeaten 2009 champion's first-crop sons and daughters had made an aggregate £4.5m under the hammer, the best commercial start ever by a stallion.
Meanwhile, Ed Dunlop has withdrawn Snow Fairy from the Hong Kong Vase on December 11 after she suffered an injury in the Far East.
Winner of the Hong Kong Cup last year, Dunlop had only recently decided to let her take her chance in the Vase in an attempt to become the first horse to claim both races.
She bounced back to winning form last time out in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan, taking that race for a second successive year.
However, connections have now aborted Snow Fairy's mission.
French racing is coming to terms with the tragic death of Benjamin Boutin, the apprentice jockey critically injured in a fall at Argentan on Saturday.
The 21-year-old was riding Game Of Legs for Pascal Bary in an apprentice's race at Argentan in Normandy, where he was involved in a four-horse pile-up.
He lay unconscious on the turf while attended to by on-course medics, and was initially taken to the general hospital in Argentan before being transferred on Sunday to the intensive-care unit at Alencon.
However, he died in hospital yesterday morning.