Insurance not the issue in determining Stars' future

TRAINER John Oxx has hit back at claims that wonderhorse Sea The Stars will not run in next month&rsquo;s Breeders&rsquo; Cup because of spiralling insurance costs.<br /><br />Reports have suggested that the colt, whose l&rsquo;Arc de Triomphe win on Sunday confirmed his status as one of the all-time greats, will not travel to Santa Anita, California, because no-one will underwrite the risk of insuring him with the supercolt believed to be worth around &pound;60m.<br /><br />Sea The Stars is expected to be retired at any time following his record-breaking run at Longchamp, but although Oxx is in no rush to commit him to a final hurrah in California, he insists inurance is not the issue.<br /><br />&ldquo;There has been no decision yet,&rdquo;Oxx said. &ldquo;We will let the dust settle and it will probably be the end of next week before we know any more. I am not involved in the insurance side of things but you don&rsquo;t need any extra insurance to travel a horse &ndash; and horses travel all of the time.&rdquo;<br /><br />John Clarke, racing manager to the Tsui family, who own the horse, said the final decision as to whether he runs in Santa Anita lies with the trainer. &ldquo;John Oxx will decide if Sea The Stars runs in the Breeders Cup Classic after seeing how the horse is and how he comes out of the Arc,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The insurance costs aren&rsquo;t a factor.<br /><br />&ldquo;I can say with 100 per cent certainty that one person will decide if Sea The Stars runs and that is John.&rdquo;