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Orfevre - Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas G1) - 24.04.2011

Orfevre: last year's Japanese triple crown winner is also by Stay Gold

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

Japan Guineas hero a new star for Stay Gold

GOLD SHIP supplemented his victory in February's Group 3 Tokinominoru Kinen with an impressive win in Sunday's Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2,000 Guineas) at Nakayama.

The son of Stay Gold won by two and a half lengths and beat two colts by Deep Impact - World Ace and Deep Brillante - into second and third. Deep Impact had supplied last week's Japanese 1,000 Guineas one-two Gentildonna and Verxina.

Stay Gold, like Deep Impact a son of legendary Japanese stallion Sunday Silence, was a Grade 2 winner in his native Japan and proved a top international performer, landing the Dubai Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase in 2001.

He has sired several stars, including triple crown winner Orfevere, who won last year's Japanese versions of the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger, plus Nakayama Festa, who was beaten just a head by Workforce in the 2010 Arc, and dual Grade 1 winner Dream Journey.

Gold Ship was bred by his owner Eiichi Kobayashi out of the Listed-placed Point Flag, a daughter of Mejiro McQueen.




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