Arguably the best bred horse in the history of racing has been born to superstar parents.
The bay colt, sired by record-breaking Sea The Stars, was produced by unbeaten mare Zarkava. He was foaled on Friday at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval stud in Normandy, France. Both his parents were winners of Europe’s richest horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
“He is a strong colt who looks like his sire and is very correct. It was a straightforward foaling and both the mare and foal are fine,” said Georges Rimaud, French manager of the Aga Khan Studs.
The colt is Zarkava’s second offspring after she produced a filly by another Arc winner, Dalakhani.
Sea The Stars started a lucrative breeding career after victory in his last race,the 2009 Arc. The Derby-winning colt stands at the Gilltown Stud in County Kildare and commands a breeding fee of 85,000 euros (£71,000).
After the mating was announced, the Aga Khan had told of his hopes:
“I believe the two Arc winners were made for each other. The best needs to be bred to the best”.
Sea The Stars has been rated only a 4-1 chance by bookmakers to sire a UK Classic winner in the year 2014, when the first of his progeny will be eligible for races such as the Derby at Epsom. It was originally a 100-1 chance that he and Zarkava produce a horse to win the Arc in that year, but those odds were halved after the BBC broke news of the successful mating in March 2010.