Sea Of Class Making Steady Progress Against Illness

Superb filly Sea Of Class was left fighting for her life after contracting colic last week, but is now said to be making steady progress in her fight against this life threatening illness.

However, even though the four-year-old is going the right way to recovery, William Haggas has not changed his stance on her having to go into retirement with the overall layoff time being a very lengthy process.

Last year, the filly had a stunning season after making her debut in April at Newmarket and finishing a nice second but from there no one expected the performances she would come up with in the future.

From there she went on to win twice at Newbury over 1 mile 2 furlongs and she was then sent to the Curragh in Ireland for her first Group 1 outing and she did not disappoint being stepped up in trip to land the Irish Oaks.

York was next on the agenda and again she was superb landing the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks in great style beating some smart horses effortlessly.

A lot of people that the three year olds season was then done and she would be put away for a strong four year old campaign but she was supplemented for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and what a performance she gave.

The daughter of Sea the Stars finished a very narrow second to the superstar Enable under a great ride by James Doyle who thought he had timed the run to perfection but was one lunge off winning the feature Group 1 contest in Paris.

Now a four year old, many people in the racing world were looking forward to the return of the superstar but it was not the seasonal debut that everyone was expecting from Sea Of Class.

Haggas was unsure on whether to run his four year old with the ground at Ascot turning soft which does not suit the filly but she ran anyway in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes and her trainers worst nightmares became true.

She finished a weak fifth, with no effort from James Doyle to see her go and challenge the leaders and try and win the race and from the the King George was next on the agenda where she would have renewed her rivalry with Enable.

Sadly this will not be happening with now the focus of Sea Of Class to get her fit and healthy again so the her owners, the Tsui family, can send her to stud.

(Credit Racing Post) William Haggas said on Thursday: "She's making a little bit of progress.

"Like all doctors, vets are very keen not to give us too much encouragement but we feel she's looking much brighter.

"It's good news but I'm afraid there's still a long way to go."