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Star Of The Seas appreciates wet surface

Star of the Seas as a yearling.
Star of the Seas as a yearling.

A deteriorating track has played in favour of the Trelawney Stud-bred Star Of The Seas (NZ) (Ocean Park x Stella Livia) who has claimed a strong win in the Gr.3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m).

The Chris Waller-trained Star Of The Seas was sent out at $6 in Saturday's Group Three sprint on a track downgraded to heavy after steady rain.

Group One placed behind Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) and Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) in the Epsom Handicap (1600m), Star Of The Seas was having his first start in Saturday's since his third in the A$1 million The Gong (1600m) in November.

Brisbane sprinter Zoustyle (Zoustar), pinched what looked a winning break on the field but faltered in the straight and was found to have bled, incurring an automatic three-month ban from racing.

Star Of The Seas, a three-quarter brother to Group One performer Spieth, pounced and went to the line a length ahead of River Bird (Epaulette).

"He has an impeccable record on this sort of ground," winning jockey James McDonald said.

"It was short of his best but Chris and his team had him primed to be as ready as he can.

"He's a good horse in these conditions. It's extremely heavy and getting worse and worse."

Before Saturday, Star Of The Seas' shortest win was over 1200m.

"We picked this race out to give him the chance to show his sprint," Waller said.

"And were probably spoilt when it started to rain.

"He's been a good horse to us and hopefully he can pick off another race over the carnival."

Star Of The Seas, who was sold privately by Trelawney Stud, is raced by Tony Muollo who has raced horses with Waller since he came to Australia in 2000.

Muollo also owned the original Star Of The Seas (NZ) (Rhythm) who raced in Waller's care in the early part of the century. -AAP