Mosheen, from Might And Power's family, wins the Crown OaksPICTURE: Getty Images
Yoshidas extend buying spree to Australia
AUSTRALIAN trainer Robert Smerdon has confirmed a half-share in Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Mosheen has been sold to Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida.
Brothers Teruya and Katsumi Yoshida own two of Japan's most powerful breeding operations: Shadai and Northern Farms respectively. They have embarked on a global buying spree targeting champion fillies and mares in the last twelve months.
Mosheen was purchased for A$250,000 (£168,270/€201,890) from Bylong Park Stud at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale. She is from Might And Power's family and races for a syndicate managed by Phil Sly.
The Fastnet Rock filly started her career under the care of Leon Corstens and was runner-up to Sepoy in last year's Group 1 Golden Slipper. Subsequently moved to Smerdon's Caulfield stable, Mosheen won the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes prior to a nine-length victory in the Group 1 VRC Oaks.
The Yoshida family's other recent high profile buys include champion South American filly Belle Watling and Arc heroine Danedream.
The Yoshida family know the value of investing in Australia having claimed the 2006 Melbourne Cup quinella with Delta Blues and Pop Rock. Shadai and Arrowfield chairman John Messara have also entered into numerous mutually advantageous deals in the last decade.
Shadai off-shoot Sunday Racing also owns local champion Buena Vista. Japan's favourite mare lost the 2010 Japan Cup on protest but atoned with a popular victory in the 2011 Cup in front of 103,000 fans in November.