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Eishin Apollon (white face) - Champions Mile

Eishin Apollon: Giant's Causeway colt is a half-brother to Master Of Hounds

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi 

First Japanese Group
1 winner for Giant

GIANT'S Causeway has been a dominant sire in Europe and the US since his first crop hit the track in 2004 and now has a Japanese star to his credit in American-bred Eishin Apollon, who ran on strongly to deny Fifth Petal (King Kamehameha) and Sahpresa (Sahm) in the Group 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday.

Eishin Apollon's victory brings the number of Group/Grade 1 winners sired by Giant's Causeway to 21. However, the four-year-old colt, bred by the Silk And Scarlet Syndicate, is the first top level winner in Japan by the stallion, who has enjoyed a productive November as the sire Canadian Group 2 winner Straight Story and Breeders' Cup Juvenile third Creative Cause.

Giant's Causeway is set to stand the 2012 season at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for $85,000.

Bred on the same Giant's Causeway - Sadler's Wells cross as stakes performers Viscount Nelson, Palavicini and Giant's Play, Eishin Apollon is the first foal out of Silk And Scarlet, winner of the Group 2 Debutante Stakes for Aidan O'Brien in 2004.

Although Silk And Scarlet raced for the Coolmore team, she was - like Await The Dawn and Powerscourt - bred by Juddmonte Farms. In fact she hails from one of their most successful families, being a granddaughter of 1984 Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Ballinderry, the dam of Prix du Jockey Club winner Sanglamore.

Now nine-years-old, Silk And Scarlet has made an excellent start at stud since Eishin Apollon is her first foal and is followed by last year's Racing Post Trophy third Master Of Hounds. Appropriately, her two-year-old, Aqua Jeter, is by Juddmonte stallion Dansili.




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