Sea The Stars, considered to be Britain’s best racehorse in the past 20 years, is likely to eclipse the weekly earning power of Cristiano Ronaldo during the next breeding season after his owners decided on Monday to retire the three-year-old colt to stud. No stud fee has yet been set for Sea The Stars, who won six top-class races during an unbeaten 2009 season and became the first horse in history to win the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. But bookmakers William Hill yesterday opened a book on the eventual fee, with a sum between €90,000 ($147,000) and €110,000 the favourite at 6-4. That suggests Sea The Stars could earn about €700,000 a week for his owners during the breeding season in 2010, which runs from February 15 to July 15. In the first year of his six-year deal at Real Madrid, by contrast, Ronaldo is paid a basic salary of €237,000 a week. Despite the high fee to enable Sea The Stars to ”cover” a mare, there will be no shortage of breeders willing to pay the price. In addition to his brilliance on the track, the colt had the physical build and unflappable attitude of a great champion. LITTLE BRITAIN It wasn’t quite as controversial as the Hey Hey It’s Saturday skit last week, but the Midgets’ Cup dwarf racing stunt at Cranbourne races last Sunday did cause a bit of a stir and copped a massive serve from Victorian Racing Minister Rob Hull. ”At a time when the racing industry is striving for that discretionary dollar to get people back to the track, I would not have thought this event does anything to promote [it] as being sophisticated, as being innovative and as being modern.” And once again something intended as a ”bit of fun” has shown up on the other side of the world, this time in Britain. But, unlike the Hey Hey debacle, the Midgets’ Cup has found a friend instead of a foe, with The Guardian’s website listing the Herald’s story on the cup as No.1 in their ”Our favourite things this week” column. BEDSY’S GUTFUL Knights stalwart Danny Buderus has revealed the breakdown in his relationship with former coach Brian Smith after the controversial player clean-out in 2007 made him feel unwanted and he considered leaving the Knights with a year left on his contract. Disillusioned and despondent during what he described as the toughest year of his career, Buderus provides details about those issues in his coming autobiography, Talent Is Not Enough . In it, Buderus says he was talked out of leaving by former teammates Stephen Crowe and Paul Harragon and played another year with the Knights in 2008 until he ruptured his biceps against the Cowboys with two games left in the season, then left to join Leeds at the start of this year. ”I went to our operations manager, Steve Crowe, and told him I’d had enough; that I didn’t want to be at the club any more because, like a lot of other players, I no longer felt wanted,” Buderus writes. I went to Paul Harragon, who was on the board, and asked the same thing. I wanted to go overseas and play because I couldn’t bring myself to play against the Knights. What had happened, especially with Kirk Reynoldson, showed that NRL football had become a hard-nosed business and I didn’t want to be part of that any more; I’d had a gutful.” IN LA LA LAND The people of Los Angeles are getting a bit edgy. They could be just a week away from getting ready for the first Freeway World Series in baseball history. The Los Angeles Dodgers first have to take care of defending champions Philadelphia and the team from down the road in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels, have to overcome the powerful New York Yankees, but, if both can win their league championship series’ then it will be the first all Los Angeles World Series, and that could be a little awkward for Gail and Dave Weaver. Their 33-year-old son Jeff is a pitcher with the Dodgers. Their 27-year-old son Jered pitches for the Angels. Both wear number 36 and when their two sons clashed earlier this year their parents wore, specially made for the occasion, hybrid LA jerseys, half-Angels, half-Dodgers. The Dodgers won that clash back in June, with big brother outduelling little brother. COWS PUNCH UP North Queensland Cowboys boss Peter Parr has confirmed the club’s rookie of the year, Steve Rapira, and his flatmate and friend James Tamou had come to blows at the end of last season but denied Rapira’s jaw had been broken. ”Altercations between brothers and best mates have been going on for a long time. They’re still living together and still great mates,” Parr said. Guardian News and Media, Brett Keeble, Michael Cowley, AAP
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