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Japanese Grade 2 joy
for Sheikh Mohammed

Sunday; Tokyo

Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes (Grade 2), 1m2f, 3yo f/m

MIDSUMMER FAIR (f Tanino Gimlet - Strawberry Fair)

Bred by DarleyJapan K K in Japan

DARLEY'S Japanese operation continues to gain momentum and was again to the fore on Sunday when Midsummer Fair landed the Group 2 Sho Flora Stakes at Tokyo.

Sheikh Mohammed, who stands five stallions at his Darley Japan complex including former domestic horse of the year Admire Moon, wasn't represented by his first runner as a fully licensed owner in Japan until February 2010, not long after he had become the first owner residing outside the country to be registered with the Japan Racing Association.

Three-year-old Fleet Street became his first homebred Japanese stakes winner in February when successful in the Listed Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo.

He has also tasted success at the highest level as a breeder in Japan through Danon Chantilly, a son of Fuji Kiseki owned by Danox Co. Ltd who won the 2010 Group 1 NHK Mile Cup.

Midsummer Fair becomes the eighth Group winner by Tanino Gimlet, the 2002 Japan Derby winner who is best known as the sire of Japan Cup winner Vodka. The son of Brian's Time, who stands at the Shadai Stallion Station, enjoyed a productive weekend as the sire of Saturday's Fukushima Group 3 winner All That Jazz in addition to Midsummer Fair.

Midsummer Fair is one of two winners out of the Kingmambo mare Strawberry Fair, who was placed on her debut at Newmarket in 2003 for Saeed bin Suroor. She is a half-sister to four winners including the Grade 2-placed Balladry and out of champion US two-year-old Storm Song. Storm Song is also the granddam of French Group 3 winner Asperity.

 

 

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