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Urban Sea Family Bags Another International Gr1
When the global economic picture becomes clouded, some pundits head for gold, rare art or the US dollar. There appear to be few better hedges though than owning a female from the astonishing family of purple hen Urban Sea. Hailing from a great German thoroughbred damline, Urban Sea was catapulted into equine folklore as a winner of the prestigious Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, however the Champion European Mare has been even more prolific via her feats and those of her offspring in the breeding barn. The dam of no less than 7 individual Gr1 performers, including the priceless half-brothers Galileo and Sea The Stars, Urban Sea's daughter Cherry Hinton (already dam of Gr1 winner Bracelet) produced another Gr1 heroine last weekend when Athena (Camelot) won New York's Gr1 Belmont Oaks for Ballydoyle. Another daughter, All Too Beautiful (Gr1 English Oaks runner-up), has left triple Gr1 Oaks-placed Wonder of Wonders as well as All For Glory, dam of Gr1 Oaks-placed Alluringly, while dual Gr1 Oaks-placed Melikah is dam of a slew of Group performers including Gr1 Arc-placed Masterstroke; her daughter Villarica is grand dam of Masar, who last month became the first winner of the Gr1 Epsom Derby to carry Godolphin's famous blue silks after placings in the Gr1 English 2000 Guineas and Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly. Clearly, Urban Sea's dam Allegretta had a hand in proceedings, also being dam of Gr1 2000 Guineas winner King's Best and Group winner Allez Le Trois, herself dam of Gr1 French Derby winner Anabaa Blue.