Vita Rosa wins Grade 3 Nakayama Kim Pai at Nakayama over 10fPICTURE: JRA
Lanwades to stand first son of Sunday Silence in Britain or Ireland
JAPANESE Group 2 winner Vita Rosa will become the first – and so far only — stallion son of Sunday Silence to stand in Great Britain or Ireland when he commences stud duties at Lanwades next year.
The eight-year-old horse showed considerable class and durability during his racing career in Japan, winning six races and finishing placed 15 times between the ages of two and seven.
His most high-profile victory came in the Group 2 R F Radio Nippon Sho St. Lite Kinen, over 1m3f at Nakayama. He also scored twice in Group 3 races, over 1m1f and 1m2f, and finished second in three other Group races for his owner breeders, Shadai Farm.
Vita Rosa's brother,Rosado, is a Group 2 winner in Japan, and his Shirley Heights half-sister has produced a Group 2 winner and a Group 1-placed mare, both by Sunday Silence.
His grand-dam is the excellent racemare Riverqueen, winner of the Poule d'Essaides Pouliches, Prix St. Alary and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
Sunday Silence was the most influential sire in Japan of modern times. He was the country's leading sire every year from 1995 until 2007, five years after his death. His best runners include Deep Impact, Heart's Cry and Zenno Rob Roy.
His influence has also spread outside of Japan, and he has sons at stud in the US, Australia and on the continent, where Haras de Lonray has led the way in importing his sons to cover mares in France.
One of those, Divine Light, sired this year's 1,000 Guineas heroine, Natagora. Though she was subsequently sold to the Turkish Jockey Club, Lonray still stands three other sons of Sunday Silence - Agnes Kamikaze, Great Journey and Samson Happy.
Another of his sons, the Group 3 winner Layman, stands at Haras du Logis.
Kirsten Rausing, owner and general manager of Lanwades Stud, said: "This acquisition is the resultof a direct collaboration between Lanwades and Shadai Farm – two of the last remaining independent stallion studs.
"I was very keen on getting a son of Sunday Silence – he is an absolutely super stallion, and his sons are doing very well across the world.
"Vita Rosa is a big, strong horse; very correct and very elegant at the same time. He has a great presence and a lovely length of bone.
"He's from the Hail ToReason sire line, so he will be a suitable outcross for a wide variety of mares."
Vita Rosa will stand at a fee of £4,500 in his first year at stud.
"The fee was calculated in view of the current economic environment," Rausing said. "As we saw at this season's yearling sales, a number of horses were being sold at well below their production cost. So we feel that the horse standing at this fee will attract commercial breeders and the very few remaining owner-breeders."
All Lanwades stallions, including Vita Rosa, will be paraded between 11am and 3pm during the stud's open day on Sunday, November 30.