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Fantastic Light - York 17.08.99

Fantastic Light and other Darley sires were unharmed by events in Japan

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Darley sires unharmed by earthquake in Japan

SAM Bullard, Darley's director of stallions, told the Racing Post that the stallions at its Japanese base on Hokkaido have been unharmed by the effects of the earthquake and tsunami.

Nine stallions are listed as being under the Darley Japan banner, among them Japan Cup winner Admire Moon and Breeders' Cup Turf, Prince Of Wales' Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes winner Fantastic Light.

"The stud was involved in an earthquake but there was no serious structural damage and all the horses are fine," Bullard said.

French bloodstock agent Patrick Barbe, who has extensive contacts within the Japanese racing and breeding industry, has reported that there has been minimal damage to studs on the island of Hokkaido, the centre of the country's bloodstock community.

Although unable to make contact with his main client, Teruya Yoshida, Barbe was able to speak to a representative of Yoshida on Hokkaido, where the impact of the tsunami has caused flooding in towns and cities.

"I spoke to someone about three hours ago and everything seems okay, althoughobviously the situation is very grave and chaotic elsewhere."

Barbe added that the Yoshida family has a training centre at Sendai, the northern Japanese city which was close to the epicentre of the initial earthquake. Because the training centre was five or six miles inland, it is thought that no humans or horses have been hurt, although the area is without electricity.

Concern for the Japanese racing and breeding industry was summarised by America's Three Chimneys Farm, which used to stand Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, who is now at the Iburi Stallion station.  "We know everyone is very concerned about Silver Charm and our other industry members (horses and human) in Japan," the stud said on its facebook page.
"Geographically speaking, the tsunami waves near where Silver Charm is didn't go as far inland as in other areas of Japan, so from a tsunami standpoint, he should theoretically be okay."

The Japan Racing Association has cancelled meetings this weekend at Nakayama, Hanshin, and Kokura.




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