Rulership: Group 2 winner is out of champion Air GroovePICTURE:Masakazu Takahashi
Rulership governs for Air Groove at Nakayama
American Jockey Club Cup (Grade 2), 1m3f
RULERSHIP (5 h King Kamehameha - Air Groove by Tony Bin)
Bred by Northern Farm in Japan
RULERSHIP, one of five black-type runners out of the Japanese champion Air Groove, continued to uphold the family reputation on Sunday with victory in the American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama.
Now a triple Group 2 winner in Japan, five-year-old Rulership is one of 11 Group winnersproduced by the young champion Japanese sire King Kamehameha, who was also represented on Sunday by Kyoto Group 3 winner Hiraboku King.
Although bred and raced in Japan, King Kamehameha owns European roots as a great-grandson of the 1980 Epsom Oaks third The Dancer. The son of Kingmambo stands at the Shadai Stallion Station.
Air Groove was a brilliant racemare who was crowned Japanese Horse of the Year and three-year-old filly, success which she has translated to the breeding shed.
In Admire Groove (by Sunday Silence), she produced a dual Group 1 winner who was rated the best older mare in Japan. Her 2005 filly by Kurofune, Portofino, also won at stakes level as did her 2006 colt by Dance In The Dark, Forgettable, who struck in Group 2 company and ran second in the Japanese St Leger.
Forgettable preceded Rulership, who is followed by the Deep Impactfilly, the stakes-placed Gullveig.
Little wonder then that the mare's 2010 filly by Deep Impact sold for the equivalent of $4,390,244 to Globe Equine Management Co., Ltd when she came on to the market at last year's JRHA Select Sale in Japan.