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Retirement of Sunday Silence's final JRA son

AXION, a dual graded stakes-winning son of Sunday Silence, was retired by trainer Yoshitaka Ninomiya this week. The nine-year-old was the last son of the super sire Sunday Silence in training in the JRA.

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Axion made his last appearance earlier this month in the Grade 2 Sapporo Kinen at Sapporo, a race in which he ran third in 2010 and second in 2011. However, this year he finished well down the field in 13th.

He retires with a record of seven wins from 34 starts including the 2009 Grade 3 Naruo Kinen and 2010 Grade 3 Nakayama Kimpai. He will remain in retirement at Sapporo Racecourse.

Ninomiya said: "Though he had over two years' break because of the bowed tendon, he ran well every time. We had some offers to stand him abroad but the owner [Tetsu Nakata] and I wanted him to be happy in a better place."

The outstanding Sunday Silence is the sire of the winners of 2,749 races in the JRA (well ahead of the second stallion on the list, Northern Taste), of which 311 are graded stakes. Of those 311, 75 are Grade 1 races. The son of Halo, who stood his whole career at the Shadai Stallion Station, died in August 2002.




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