The 4-year-old dual Group 1-winner Sea of Class, runner-up by a neck to Enable in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, underwent surgery for colic on July 3. According to racingpost.com, the surgery was prescribed to remove a mass that had become entangled in her intestines. The mass turned out to be a malignant tumor called lymphoma.
While regular scans were completed through her recovery, the filly took a turn for the worse after the discovery of a second tumor. She was humanely euthanized early Monday morning.
“Owner Mrs. Tsui has been in full support of all decisions taken and she, her family and advisers are all devastated,” said trainer William Haggas. “For all of us here, we mourn the loss of the best filly we had anything to do with but will cherish the memories forever.”
Sea of Class captured both the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks before taking on Enable in the Arc last season, and many believed she was capable of turning the tables on that rival this year. She only raced once as a 4-year-old, however, running fifth in the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes.
Read more at racingpost.com.
“This has hit me hard. She was one in a million – everyone adored her and I can't imagine how the whole stable are feeling” – @the_doyler is characteristically classy as he emotionally reflects on the tragic passing of Sea Of Class with @MCYeeehaaa… pic.twitter.com/awGEiguRZ7
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) July 22, 2019
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