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Japan's breeding operations are believed to have avoided major structural damage, though two racecourse grandstands have collapsed

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JRA manager: no reports of major damage to studs

FURTHER hope that Japan’s breeding industry on Hokkaido has escaped major damage from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the country on Friday have been raised by the Japan Racing Association’s senior manager.

Yutaka Yokayama told the Blood-Horse that “there do not seem to be any reports regarding damages to stallion operations, though we cannot collect all information from farms”.

Yokoyama added, however, that grandstands at Fukushima and Nakayama racecourses had sustained significant structural damage, with parts of their ceilings having fallen in. He said no human or equine injuries had been reported at the tracks.

“Also, we have heard that horses in a training centre named Yamamoto TC, which is owned and operated by Shadai Farm, are fine as well,” he said. Yamamoto TC is one of the farms closest to the earthquake’s epicentre.

Yokoyama’s report follows Darley’s Sam Bullard telling the Racing Post last week that the operation’s sires and properties on Hokkaido had escaped major harm from the natural disaster and Patrick Barbe, who has close connections with the Japanese breeding industry, adding that he understood many farms had sustained only minimal damage.




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