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Screen Hero a notable first for Grass Wonder

THE Japan Cup may have been an event to forget for the European invaders, but it was a significant result for the Japanese stallion Grass Wonder, for whom Screen Hero is a first Group 1 winner.

Grass Wonder retired to the Breeders' Stallion Station in 2001 as the best Japanese two-year-old colt of 1997. From 15 starts at two to five years, the son of Silver Hawk won nine races including two renewals of the Group 1 Arima Kinen, the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen and the Group 1 Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes.

Despite his impressive race record and strong bloodlines - he is a brother to Grade 1 winner Wonder Again and closely related to Predominate Stakes winner Coshocton - Grass Wonder has not set the world alight at stud.

Prior to Screen Hero, the best of his progeny was this season's Group 2 winner Meiner Rainier and the Group 3 winners Meiner Scherzi, Osumi Grass One, Sakura Mega Wonder and Felicia.

Grass Wonder also spent four seasons at Eliza Park Stud in Australia but failed to leave behind any notable performers.

Screen Hero, who was bredby Shadai Farm, is the second stakes winner by Grass Wonder out of a Sunday Silence mare following Sakura Mega Wonder.

He is the third foal out of Running Heroine, an unraced sister to Japanese 1,000 Guineas runner-up Prime Stage and daughter of Dyna Actress, champion Japanese older mare of 1987 and 1988.




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