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John Oxx with Mick Kinane and Sea The Stars, who gained six successive Group 1s in 2009
By David Jennings
UPDATED 8:03PM, OCT 12 2020
Mick Kinane hailed John Oxx “a incredible coach and an impressive gentleman” on Monday after the coach of Sea The Stars introduced he’s to retire on the finish of the season.
Oxx, who turned 70 in July, has despatched out 33 Group 1 winners throughout his 41 years as a coach however shall be remembered most for his dealing with of Sea The Stars, who went by way of a spectacular three-year-old marketing campaign unbeaten by profitable the two,000 Guineas, the Derby, the Eclipse, the Juddmonte Worldwide, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Arc in 2009.
Oxx, who was topped champion coach in 1995, instructed the Racing Put up he had no regrets over a coaching profession which started in 1979. “The time is correct and we’re blissful to cease on the finish of the season,” Oxx mentioned on Monday night.
“You clearly do not make these kind of choices on the spur of the second so it has been on our minds for a couple of years, however we simply felt the time was proper now.”
He added: “I’ve no regrets; now we have had some great instances. We had been very, very fortunate to have some superb house owners and a few superb horses over time.
“We had two horses who gained the Derby and the Arc in the identical 12 months. Ridgewood Pearl was proper up there with the very best I’ve had; she gained 4 Group 1s in 4 totally different international locations and Timarida was an incredible filly too.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful to all of the house owners who despatched me horses to coach and to all the good jockeys who rode them and to all of the distinctive employees who’ve labored for us. I’ll enormously miss coaching for them however now is an efficient time for me to cease.
“My concern in the intervening time is that our employees can discover various employment as our coaching enterprise will stop on the finish of this turf season in November. I hope that we are going to discover somebody to hire the yard as effectively.”
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Sea The Stars: a number of Group 1 winner one of many all-time Flat greats
When reflecting on Oxx’s excellent coaching profession, ideas immediately flip to Sea The Stars and the person who had him in peak bodily situation for these six Group 1 wins in 2009 has nominated the Arc victory because the spotlight.
Oxx mentioned: “Daily was an essential day with Sea The Stars. You see, he needed to win every thing to show he was the horse we knew he was. To get the final one accomplished, the Arc, was large in order that needed to be the largest day.
“I keep in mind Nijinsky was crushed within the Arc by an inferior horse after profitable the Triple Crown and it spoiled the entire thing. It was so unhappy to see him lose, so I knew it was actually essential for Sea The Stars to win the Arc. It proved his benefit past any doubt.”
Kinane was on board for all 9 of Sea The Stars’ races and when requested to sum up Oxx, he replied: “A incredible coach and an impressive gentleman.”
Brian Kavanagh, chief govt of Horse Racing Eire, mentioned: “John has been an exquisite ambassador for our business and our nation. At all times a gentleman to take care of and beneficiant together with his time and data. Actually the top of an period.”
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John Oxx and Johnny Murtagh with Sinndar after the Arc in 2000
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Sinndar supplied Oxx together with his first Derby and Arc double in 2000, whereas Alamshar gained the Irish Derby and King George in 2003. Azamour and Ridgewood Pearl each gained 4 Group 1s, with the latter offering a well-known triumph when touchdown the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Belmont Park beneath Johnny Murtagh.
Oxx’s first Group 1 winner was Eurobird within the 1987 Irish St Leger, whereas his ultimate success on the prime degree was Alandi within the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, an hour and a half after Sea The Stars had gained the Arc.
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