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Admire Moon - Japan Cup - 25.11.2007

Admire Moon sticks his neck out to win the 2007 Japan Cup

  PICTURE: Japan Racing Association  

Darley Japan sire Admire Moon gets first winner

DARLEY Japan's freshman sire Admire Moon got off the mark on Tuesday when his daughter Mahogany broke her maiden with a comfortable victory in a 5f newcomers race on dirt at Monbetsu.

Mahogany was bred by Hidenori Sakai in Shin Hidaka-cho and is a daughter of the winning Gone West mare Morouj, who sadly died giving birth toa full-brother to Mahogany on March 31.

Morouj was, in turn, out of Chicarica, winner of the Cherry Hinton Stakes at two and runner-up to Polish Patriot in the Cork And Orrery Stakes (now Golden Jubilee) at three for John Gosden and Sheikh Mohammed.

Admire Moon, a son of End Sweep and out of a daughter of Irish 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner Katies, was crowned horse of the year in Japan at four after winning the Japan Cup and Takarazuka Kinen as well as the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba.

Sheikh Mohammed purchased Admire Moon for a reported $33 million before adding him to the roster at Darley Japan, where he covers this season at a fee of 3.5 million yen (£27,275, €30,675).




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