Prix de Diane wniner Sarafina will be mated with Deep ImpactPICTURE: APRH
Deep Impact date for Yoshida buy Sarafina
STAR racemare Sarafina is set for a dazzling mating with Deep Impact following her private purchase by Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm.
The sale was revealed in the Racing Post newspaper when Pat Downes, the Aga Khan's stud manager in Ireland, said the owner/breeder had "received an offerhe could not turn down".
One leading agent, unconnected with the deal, speculated yesterday that Sarafina would be valued in the region of £5 million, although neither side involved in the deal would comment on the purchase price.
The sale of the triple Group 1 winner was handled on behalf of the Yoshida family by Florida-based agent Eugenio Colombo, who acted for the same buyers when buying Prix Marcel Boussac winner Elusive Kate shortly before a scheduled appearance at Fasig-Tipton last November.
Colombo has a long-established alliance with the Yoshidas, stretching back to the purchase of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Tony Bin, subsequently a leading sire in Japan. Other buys include Falbrav and White Muzzle.
The exodus of Sarafina only emphasises just how sought after European mares are in a rejuvenated Japanese bloodstock economy. There has also been a renewed demand for stallions with last year's King George winner Harbinger and Derby winner Workforce also secured by the Yoshidas.
The news that Sarafina is in line to be mated with Deep Impact willattract the interest of racefans around the world. A sensational racehorse himself - he won seven Grade 1 events in Japan and finished third in the 2006 Arc, disqualified from second - his progeny have been in intense demand since he retired to stud, especially as he is a son of the influential Sunday Silence. One of his yearlings sold last year for over £3 million. Deep Impact's first crop included the winners of the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen and Japanese 1,000 Guineas.