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Record-priced Montjeu foal wins in Japan

AMOUR MALHEUREUX, who cost owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto a record $2.7 million as a 2006 Keeneland November foal, won in Japan on his  sixth start on Sunday.

The three-year-old son of Montjeu landed a 9f novice event at Nakayama racecourse for trainer Kazuo Fujisawa. He had been placed twice previously, and has earned a total of $95,500.

The colt is a half-brother to Electrocutionist, the Dubai World Cup and Juddmonte International winner who died of heart failure weeks after finishing second to the Montjeu colt Hurricane Run for Godolphin in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, and a month before his half-brother became the highest priced foal ever sold in North America. 

Their dam is the Arazi mare Elbaaha, who was bought back for $1,175,000 at the 2006 Keeneland January Horses of All AgesSale, and failed to sell again for $1,950,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November sale, both times consigned by Dave Parrish's Indian Creek.

Indian Creek sold Amour Malheureux on behalf of his breeder, Sean Mulryan, to Globe Equine Management Ltd, the trade name of agent Nobutaka Tada, who now acts as Yamamoto's racing manager.

Yamamoto, who is the CEO of Fields Corporation, a specialist in Pachinko parlours and other entertainment, is best known in the US and Europe asthe owner of  Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes winner Casino Drive, a half-brother to Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags To Riches and a $950,000 Keeneland September purchase.

Yamamoto has been involved in racing for five years, during which time he has vocally and practically promoted the campaigning of Japanese horses abroad. Casino Drive most recently ran in the Dubai World Cup, where he was unplaced behind the US-owned winner Well Armed.

Yamamoto has also been a strong supporter of Japanese bloodstock, and bought the highest-priced foal ever sold in Japan, a 600 million yen filly by King Kamehameha out of Dubai World Cup runner-up To The Victory, at the 2006 Japan Racing Horse Association Select Foal Sale.






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