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French sire Turtle Bowl sold to Japan

THE Yoshida family has bought exciting young French sire Turtle Bowl from the Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu to stand at their Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.

Prix Jean Prat winner Turtle Bowl, a son of the Night Shift stallion Dyhim Diamond, covered 144 mares in France this year after making a bright start to his stud career, with his first small crop yielding Poule d'Essai des Poulains hero Lucayan and Criterium International scorer and 2,000 Guineas runner-up French Fifteen.

The acquisition echoes Shadai's purchase of Chichicastenango, another French-based stallion who flourished despite being afforded meagre chances in his early days at stud.

Grand Prix de Paris winner Chichicastenango, a son of Smadoun, sired the outstanding Vision D'Etat from his cheaply-conceived early crops, and supplemented that success with this year's Prix du Jockey Club winner Saonois.

Chichicastenango was purchased by Shadai in 2009 but he died aged only 14 this year.

Patrick Barbe, European representative for Teruya Yoshida, said: "Turtle Bowl is currently in quarantine in Newmarket and he should be in Japan by the end of this month,

"From a first crop of only 27 foals he has got two Group 1 winners, French Fifteen and Lucayan, and, as there is a lot of Sunday Silence blood in Japan, breeders there need lots of outcross stallions like him."






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