The most valuable piece of wood in racing is just one of them. The horse that flashes past the post first after the Epsom Derby is generally hailed throughout the racing world. His potential value as a sire prospect is immediately evaluated.

Just watching the Oaks as I pen this piece emphasises the importance of that said winning post. Sea The Stars famously flashed past in front a few short years ago and now he has sired a classic winning filly in his first crop and at the same venue. His future as a leading sire looks to have been cemented, even at this early stage.