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First Group winner for Shadai's Heart's Cry

Japan: Tokyo

TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho Stakes (Group 2), 1m4f, 3yo

WIN VARIATION (c Heart's Cry - Super Ballerina by Storm Bird)

Breeder: Northern Racing in Japan

HEART'S Cry, who went down by only a length to Hurricane Run and Electrocutionist in the 2006 King George, sired his first Group winner on Saturday when Win Variation won the Group 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho Stakes at Tokyo.

As is often the case in Japanese Group races, the outcome was dominated by the progeny of sons of Sunday Silence - in this instance, sons Heart's Cry, Agnes Tachyon, Deep Impact and Manhattan Cafe accounted for the first five home.

Win Variation is one of four stakes performers from the first crop of Heart's Cry, who stands at Shadai Farm in Japan for a private fee. Not only was the son of Sunday Silence a top-class competitor in his native Japan, as he proved when defeating Deep Impact in the Arima Kinen, but he also played a major role in promoting Japan on the worldwide racing stage, winning the Dubai Sheema Classic in addition to running third in the King George.

Win Variation is bred on the same cross as Heart's Cry's recent Japanese 2,000 Guineas third Stella Rosa, who is out of a mare by Storm Cat.

He is the first stakes winner out of the Canadian-bred Super Ballerina, a Storm Bird daughter of Canadian Listed scorer Count On Change. This is the immediate family of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Countess Diana.





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