Such devastating news this evening about the loss of the beautiful Sea Of Class.
Times like this you wonder how God operates – how such a beautiful, talented and young filly could have such an awful fate. It is hard to reconcile, just as it was with St Nicholas Abbey, just as it is when we lose loved humans at a young age.
Sea Of Class had consummate class, just like her daddy. She had that same silky smooth ability to put a race to bed with ease – at the highest level.
I was privileged to see her in the Arc and from her draw and given her tactics, cast doubts on her … how wrong I was. I was lucky to speak to James later that afternoon and told him he could not have ridden a better race.
She lived up to her name that day and on many other occasions. Oceans of class … just oodles of talent.
Racing has lost two fine young fillies this year with the loss of Lady Kaya a few weeks ago. Both would have been magnificent brood mares.
But the biggest loss is always for those closest to the horses and my heart goes out to Team Haggas and Sea Of Class’s owners tonight.
Mentally they might have been preparing for this a couple of weeks ago when the prognosis was not good. But the hope then began to rise that maybe, just maybe she might pull through.
That has been cruelly dashed and we are simply left with this emptiness and hurt.
But I hope the outpouring of grief on social media a) underlines to connections how much she touched our hearts and b) underlines how much racing folk love their horses.
Racing has affluence at the highest levels. Some of that excess is going into finding a cure or prevention for colic. It will benefit all breeds of horse.