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Crystal Ocean


  • 2019 Series win-2nd-3rd - -
  • 2019 Total prize money

  • Sire-Dam -
  • Owner
  • Trainer

Crystal Ocean was officially the highest-rated horse in the world for a time in 2019. At the of five, he was at the peak of his powers before his career was cut shorty by an injury sustained on the gallops..

He gained a deserved first Group 1 triumph when landing the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot before being two narrow defeats in memorable contests.

Enable beat him by a neck in an epic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot and then Japan thwarted him by a head in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Always going well under Frankie Dettori in the prince of Wales’s, he kept on stoutly to beat by one and a quarter lengths, with Waldgeist another three and a quarter lengths adrift in third.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “Crystal Ocean is a high-class horse and I am delighted to have won a Group 1 with him now. He is just a very admirable racehorse. It’s marvellous to train a Group One 1 like this.
“I thought he ran very well in the Champion Stakes last year [over today’s course and distance] and better than it appeared [when six-lengths second to Cracksman]. He may be better over a mile and a half, but I felt he was a pretty good horse over 10 furlongs, and he proved that today.
“There has been great teamwork here by my assistant James Savage, Crystal Ocean’s lad, Cuarado, who rides him a lot along with Ted Durcan.”
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild said of his home-bred horse: “He’s very consistent – look at his record. It is quite amazing. He can stay a mile and a half, and don’t forget he was second in the St Leger.”
His narrow defeat at the hands of Enable in the King George will be remembered for years to come. The pair had a fabulous tussle from two furlongs out with Crystal Ocean only giving second best in the final strides.
Sir Michael Stoute said of the gallant Crystal Ocean: “He doesn’t know how to give in. He is just so brave and gives everything. He ran a great race.”

Jockey James Doyle said: “I’ve never experienced finishing second in a race and getting as loud a cheer as the winner. They really do love him and he wears his heart on his sleeve. What a run. It was a great race, it was unbelievable.

“She joined me and it felt like I headed her back – well I thought I did – and I thought we could be in business, but she just digs into the reserves and away she goes.

“Credit to my fellow, he left every inch of his heart out on the track there.”

He did similar at York 25 days later, giving his all but finding the two-years-younger Japan a bit too strong in a driving finish.

Crystal Ocean had begun this year in great style, gaining repeat wins in the Gordon Richards Stakes and Al Rayyan Stakes.

Sadly, it was announced in September he had run his final race after sustaining a leg injury on the gallops.

The previous campaign he had begun with successive wins in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes (at Sandown), Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes (Newbury) and then Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes  (Royal Ascot) before more than playing his part in another epic renewal of the QIPCO-sponsored King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Sent off 6-4 favourite, his backers would have been on good terms with themselves as he cruised into the lead but he was unable to repel Poet’s Word, his stablemate, in the closing stages and went down by a neck. The pair were nine lengths clear of the rest.

“It was a shame there had to be a loser,” Stoute observed.

Crystal Ocean had also run a cracker in the 2017 William Hill St Leger. Running down towards the final furlong, the son of Sea The Stars traded odds-on in-running on Betfair but he could not stay on quite so strongly as Capri, the favourite, and went down by half a length.

“I’d prefer to have won it, but he ran a great race, we’re thrilled with him,” Stoute said. “I thought he was going to win, but we won’t run him beyond a mile and a half again. It was always a danger that he was a mile-and-a-half horse and that’s his trip.

“Jim (Crowley) gave him a lovely ride and I always felt he might win. Jim reported he was always pretty confident, but he was just outstayed.”

Crystal Ocean chased home the outstanding Enable in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton on his penultimate start in 2018. He was beaten three and a half lengths but was conceding 8lb to her.

On his final start last year he again had to settle for second, being beaten six lengths by Cracksman in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.


BCS Career statistics

Year Wins-2nd-3rd Prize money Group 1 wins Archived results