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New format introduced for key Japan sale

THE Japan Racing Horse Association has announced a new format for its high-profile July select sale next year, trimming the foal sessions from two days to one.

The sale will now comprise one day of yearlings and one of foals on July 12 and 13 next year at Northern Horse Park in Hokkaido on Japan's north island.

According to a press statement, the sale will comprise 200 yearlings and 220 foals. The sessions will start at 10am, an hour earlier than this year.

"We have heard the voices from the buyers that the three-day sale is too long for the owners who are running their main business at Tokyo and Osaka. A two-day sale is more suitable for them," the JRHA said in a press release.

"The demand at the yearling session was very strong at our sale in 2009, and it is the tendency which has been seen at all sales organized in Japan recently. After due consideration, we have decided to sell more yearlings in 2010, and will need to start the session at 10 [am]."

The JRHA recorded an increase of 15 per cent in turnover at the 2009 yearling session when 122 yearlings from 156 offered changed hands at an aggregate of Y2,699,400,000 (£17,894,132/€20,097,788).

The average price was one per cent lower at Y22,126,229 (£146,670/€164,740).






Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882