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Deep Impact dominates Japan yearling sale

A COLT by exciting sire Deep Impact out of an End Sweep half-sister to Tenno Sho winner Tosen Jordan topped the yearling-dedicated opening session of this year's JRHA Select Sale at Northern Horse Park in Hokkaido, Japan, on Monday.

Bidding for the Northern Racing offering opened at 50 million yen (£405,600/€511,112) and the battle was won by Takaya Shimakawa, who struck the winning bid of 250m yen (£2,028,042/€2,555,560).

“When I visited Northern Farm on Friday, I fell in love with him”, Shimakawa said. "In addition, the dam is a sister to my Emperor’s Cup winner Tosen Jordan, and I thought I should not miss this colt.

"The price is more than I thought, but I am very happy to get him," he added. A trainer for the top lot has not been decided.

Another colt by Deep Impact, this one a half-brother to Shuka Sho winner Red Desire from Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm, was bought by Nobutaka Tada’s Globe Equine Management Co Ltd for 150m yen (£1,216,825/€1,533,336).

"I bought him for a partnership including Hidetoshi Yamamoto," said Nobutaka Tada. "He is a son of great sire and is a very good walker. And he is three parts brother to Red Desire, who won a Grade 1 in Japan and Group 2 in Dubai for Tokyo Horse Racing, the racing club owned by Mr Yamamoto.

"I knew Mr. Yamamoto would really like to get him. First of all, we need to talk to the members of Tokyo Horse Racing, asking if they want to own the shares of this colt. If they say this colt is too expensive tobe  owned by the club members, Mr Yamamoto will think about forming a partnership with his friends, who are existing JRA owners."

A Neo Universe three-parts sister to World Ace, the beaten favorite this year's Japan Derby, was also bought for 150m yen by Scuderia, a partnership of existing owners including Ken Nishikawa, the chairman of the Nakayama Owners’ Association.

"The price includes her value as a future broodmare” said Nishikawa, who owns 20 broodmares at Western Farm, which his family established 60 years ago.

The sale also saw the first yearling by the outstanding Sea The Stars, a half-brother to Mastercrafstman, sell for 40m yen (£324,486/€408,890) to Kaneko Makoto Holdings, who owned the brilliant Japanese performers Deep Impact and Kurofune.

Gross receipts at the sale reached 5,452,600,000 yen (£44,232,415/
€55,737,788), a 15 per cent increase on the same session last year and a record at the yearling session of JRHA Sale.

The 26,993,069 yen (£218,972/€275,930) average was 13 per cent up on 2011. The 84 per cent clearance rate was slightly lower than last year, but better than the figure of 2010, 81 per cent.

The final foal session of the sale takes place on Tuesday.




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