Sea Of Class: Irish Oaks winner and Arc runner-up dies after battle with colic

Sea of Class and Enable
Sea of Class was narrowly beaten by Enable in the 2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Last year's Irish Oaks winner and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Sea Of Class has died after a battle with colic.

It had been announced a fortnight ago that the filly would not race again. and she was in intensive care.

Her regular jockey James Doyle described the four-year-old as "one in a million".

Trainer William Haggas said Sea Of Class "took a turn for the worse" in the early hours of Monday.

"She was a marvellous filly and obviously she had a huge amount of ability," said the Newmarket trainer.

"She was very intelligent and very clever. She fought very hard, but today has been a sad day."

Sea Of Class, a daughter of the 2009 Derby and Arc winner Sea The Stars, was just beaten as Enable won the Arc for the second year running in October.

Equine colic is a life-threatening disorder of the digestive system.

"It did actually hit me quite hard. She was one in a million - one of those horses you dream about riding," Doyle told Sky Sports Racing.

"From speaking to the people who look after her, she had e had a beautiful character, a very kind filly and everyone just adored her/"

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