Sea Battle (AUS) Bay, Entire, 2003
Multiple Stakes Winner and Exciting Stallion Prospect
A promising juvenile, placing in his only start at two, Sea Battle trained on to carve an exceptional racing career at the highest level. Displaying both the athleticism and longevity of a high-class galloper, this gutsy miler collected a total of 16 cheques, winning eight races in his 27 starts at ages three, four and five.
In 2008 he convincingly took out Gr2 MVRC Crystal Mile Handicap by 1.5-lengths, showing his blistering turn of foot in defeating Gr1 winner Orange County and multiple stakes-winner Conquering.
He followed up on this feat two weeks later, as runner-up in the Gr1 VRC Emirates Stakes over 1600m, beaten only by dual Gr1-winner and leading 4YO All Silent, in a race that attracted an all-star field.
Sea Battle also won the Listed VRC Winter Championship over 1600m, and placed fourth in the Gr1 Toorak Handicap the year 4-time Gr1-winning Champion 3YO Alamosa won it. Unfortunately, Sea Battle suffered a career ending injury finalising his earnings at total of $688,820.
His trainer Mark Kavanagh was setting Sea Battle for the Cox Plate before injury cut short his career and the leading trainer commented "Sea Battle was one of the kindest and smartest horses I have ever trained. He had a devastating turn of foot, which saw him win many races, and he was a stable star. I'm sure he will do very well as a stallion."
Now retired to stud Sea Battle not only possesses a strong international pedigree, he also offers the toughness, versatilty and speed of a top miler; traits he is sure to pass on to his progeny.
His Danehill dam Peppie has produced two stakes-performers from only four foals to race, including Sea Battle's full-brother Poulter-Full of Joy (HK), a 4-time winning stakes-performer in both New Zealand and Hong Kong. Peppie's dam is stakes-winning sprinter Pepite D'or, the full-sister to triple Gr1-winner Gold Ace and the half-sister to Gr1-winner Final Card, Gr1-placed Chemin de Fer and dual stakes-placed Dharapani. Pepite D'Or is a daughter of the smart city-winner Coup de Chance, a producer of six winners, five of those being stakes-performers. Coup de Chance's sire was Gr1-winning 2YO of the Sandown Eclipse Stakes, Coup de Feu.
Sea Battle's sire, Quest for Fame is no stranger to the limelight either. The classically bred stallion was Timeform rated 127 (at three) and 124 (at four), placing in 15 of his 19 starts, and earned the rating of Joint Third on the 1991 European 4YO+ Classification (2200-2700m). His wins included the GB Gr1 Derby and the US Gr1 Hollywood Turf, plus places in the Gr1 Breeders Cup (turf) twice, Gr1 Santa Anita San Luis Rey Stakes and Gr1 Hollywood Turf.
As a sire he has clocked up over 543 winners and 43 stakes-winners including triple Gr1 winners Viscount and Dracula, dual Gr1 winner Sarerra (Doomben Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes) Unwordly (Gr1 Flight Stakes) and De Beers (Gr1 Rosehill Guineas). Quest for Fame has sired Group winners in the US, Europe, AUS, NZ and Hong Kong.
His two best sire-sons to date are triple Gr1-winners Viscount and Dracula, both of which were Gr1 winners at two and three. Not only was Viscount a third-placegetter in the Cox Plate, he is also the sire of multiple Gr1 International Champion Rocket Man, and Gr1 winners Neroli and Kidnapped. He has also produced nine other stakes-winners to date. Dracula has sired dual Gr2-winner Impaler, Gr3 winner Countess Bathory and multiple Gr2 runner-up Dracs Back.
Quest for Fame's sire Rainbow Quest (by Blushing Groom) won the Arc de Triomphe and Coronation Cup, and was rated Champion Older Horse in Europe. He sired over 100 stakes-winners including Arc successor Suamarez, and the Gr1 winners of some of the most prestigious races in the world including the Irish 2000 Guineas (Spectrum), Longchamp Prix Royal Oak (Raintrap), Epsom Coronation Cup, Longchamp, Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Sunshack), The St Leger (Millenary) and the Santa Anita Handicap (Urgent Request). The leading French sire was also a Champion broodmare sire in Great Britain and Ireland.
Green Dancer mare Aryenne, produced five winners including Quest for Fame and a Gr2-winning filly by the name of Yenda. Yenda was also Gr1-placed and produced Gr3 winner Notable Guest. Aryenne was a dual Gr1 winner in France of the Longchamp Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Criterium des Pouliches, as well as runner-up in the Gr1 Chantilly Prix de Diane.
- Sire: Quest for Fame
- Dam: Peppie
- Dam Sire: Danehill
- Country of Birth: Australia
- Date Foaled: June 2003
- Colour: Bay
- Sex: Entire
- Height: 16.1 hands
- Horse Life No: AUS 858475
- Owners & Breeders Incentive
Scheme: Eligible for BOBS - NSW Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme
- Year entered Stud: 2010
- Best Performer: No Runners
- Free Return - conditions apply