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Japan champion Admire Groove dies aged 12

ADMIRE GROOVE, the champion female in Japan in 2004, died fter suffering a fall at Northern Farm in Abira Cho, Hokkaido, on Monday. She was 12.

By Sunday Silence, Admire Groove was the first foal out of 1997 JRA horse of the year Air Groove.

She was sold for 230,000,000 yen at the 2000 JRA Select Sale, an auction record for a female foal in Japan at the time.

She was trained by Mitsuru Hashida in Ritto and made her debut in 2002 with a welter of expectation behind her.

Although she finished behind her peer Still in Love when the latter completed the 2003 fillies' triple crown in Japan, Admire Groove beat that rival when landing that year's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup.

She won the same race in 2004 and was awarded the JRA champion older mare title.

Admire Groove has produced three winners at stud.

Her trainer Mitsuru Hashida said: "I am very sorry that she didn't get to produce more foals.

"In her racing career, she was very bad-tempered and caused the staff trouble, but she could succeed because of it.

 

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