Sargasso Sea joins Bermuda stable

  • Impeccably bred: Sargasso Sea could be destined for big things, according to Simons Scupham, of BTR

    Impeccably bred: Sargasso Sea could be destined for big things, according to Simons Scupham, of BTR


Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing have added to their stable of horses with the purchase of Sargasso Sea.

The filly joins Queen Of Bermuda, Pink Sands and Skymax as the BTR rebuilds its syndicate after the retirements and departures of the likes of Johnny Barnes, Great Sound, Horseshoe Bay, Castle Harbour, Sir George Somers and Paradise Lakes.

Simon Scupham, the BTR chairman, had hailed Sargasso Sea as “the best bred filly” the syndicate has purchased since forming in 2014.

“We can’t believe we were able to buy her,” Scupham said. “She was Lot 3 of 150 — the big boys must have been a bit late up that day!

“We have named her Sargasso Sea. Bermuda is the only landmass contained within [the Sargasso Sea] and with ‘Sea’ in her name, she carries forward the legacy of her sire in her bloodline.

“Sea the Stars is a top, top sire. This daughter is real collectors item as she is bred in the purple being a full sister to a group-three winner and granddaughter of champion-race mare Sayyedati.

“Her breeze [workout] was extremely impressive and is fully bred to be effective over the classic distances.”

Scupham added: “She will provide Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing with the chance to target classic races next year if she makes the grade.

“She’s an incredibly exciting prospect.”

Skymax, trained by Ralph Beckett at his Kimpton Down Stables in Hampshire, finished fifth in a field of nine in his first race under the BTR at the Dante Festival in York last week.

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Published May 23, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated May 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm)

Sargasso Sea joins Bermuda stable

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