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Arc the likely option for Yorkshire queen Sea Of Class

Jonathan Vine 28 Aug 2018
James Doyle and Sea Of Class (right) power home to win the Yorkshire Oaks.

William Haggas intimated that the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is likely to be next on the agenda for Sea Of Class, after her impressive triumph in the Yorkshire Oaks last week.

The mouth-watering clash between Sea Of Class and local favourite Laurens was one of the hot topics of conversation heading into the Ebor Festival. On the day of the Yorkshire Oaks, Sea Of Class stood firmly at the head of the betting, but support came for Laurens before the off, with Aidan O’Brien’s Magic Wand and John Gosden's Coronet also attracting support.

Laurens, who was attempting a mile-and-a-half for the first time, tried to grasp her preferred position at the front of the field. However, she found her path to the head of affairs blocked by the trio of Ballydoyle entrants and PJ McDonald’s mount was forced to take the turn on the outer shoulder of the leaders.

It was no surprise to see Laurens slip out of contention after such an uncomfortable passage, with Magic Wand and Eziyra setting out for home first. As Frankie Dettori began to roust a challenge from Coronet, James Doyle – who had sat motionless on Sea Of Class at the rear of the field for much of the trip – decided to make his move.

Doyle employed similar waiting tactics during the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, snatching a first Classic triumph from Forever Together with a perfectly timed charge. Some feared the waiting game wouldn’t pay dividends on a York track notorious for favouring front-runners, but Doyle and Sea Of Class dispelled any doubters with a stunning performance, streaking clear of Coronet to win emphatically under another hands-and-heels ride.

Sea Of Class' sire, Sea The Stars winning the {rix de l'Arc de Triomphe back in 2009.


“You always hope they’ll do something like that,” Haggas told the Telegraph following Sea Of Class' victory. “She really was impressive today. She really picked up." 

“I guess patience is a virtue. I thought she looked light at The Curragh. She looked better today.”

After that superb victory, Sea Of Class’ odds for the Champion Fillies' & Mares' Stakes were clipped, with William Hill listing Haggas’ unbeaten filly as the new 3/1 favourite. Sea Of Class’ odds for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – a race for which she doesn’t currently hold entry – were also slashed and Haggas said that would probably be the owners’ preferred target.

"Mrs Tsui will have to pay the supplementary fee to enter her in the Arc but I’d imagine she’ll be keen to do that." Haggas continued. "She tells me her son (Christopher) has only been to the Arc twice; when Urban Sea and Sea The Stars won."

William Hill again offer the best price, quoting Sea Of Class as the 4/1 favourite to win Europe’s most prestigious middle-distance race. Enable, Cracksman, Crystal Ocean and Poet’s Word could all oppose Sea Of Class in the Arc, with Lah Ti Dar - herself a bloodless victor during the Ebor Festival – rounding off the top five in the current ante-post betting.

*Current Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (7/10/18) betting with William Hill*
4/1 Sea Of Class, 9/2 Enable, 6/1 Cracksman, 8/1 Crystal Ocean, 10/1 Lah Ti Dar, Poet’s Word, 20/1 Bar

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