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New Group 1 winner
for Grass Wonder

JUST under a month since Japan Cup hero Screen Hero became the first Group 1 winner for Grass Wonder, the son of Silver Hawkhit the Group 1 board again, this time as the sire of Sunday's Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes winner Seiun Wonder.

The two-year-old colt held on by a head from Fifth Petal, a first crop son of Japanese champion King Kamehamehea, to land the prestigious 1m turf event at Nakayama.

Grass Wonder retired to the Breeders' Stallion Station in Japan in 2001 as the winner of nine races including the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen, Group 1 Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes and two renewals of the Group 1 Arima Kinen. The brother to Grade 1 Diana Handicap winner Wonder Again was also rated the best Japanese two-year-old colt of 1997.

To date, Grass Wonder is the sire of eight stakes winners including Meiner Scherzi, Osumi Grass One, Sakura Mega Wonder and Felicia. He also spent four seasons at Eliza Park Stud in Australia.

Bred by Yukifumi Tsutsui out of the unplaced mare Seiun Kunoichi, Seiun Wonder is bred on the same Grass Wonder - Sunday Silence cross as Screen Hero and Group 3 winner Sakura Mega Wonder.

The trio represents a 4x4 inbreeding to Hail To Reason but as Seiun Wonder's second dam, Anchor Steam, is a daughter of Real Shadai, the colt is also inbred 3x4 to Roberto and 4x4x5 to Hail To Reason.




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