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Workforce - Sandown 26.05.2011

Workforce: shares in the Derby winner were snapped up within hours

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Workforce well received by Japanese breeders

DERBY hero Workforce will start his stud career in Japan next year at a fee of 3,500,000yen (£28,352/€33,659).

The four-year-old son of King's Best was purchased by Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm from Khalid Abdullah last month following an outstanding career with Sir Michael Stoute in which he won four races, including the Derby by seven lengths and Arc, and more than £3.2 million in prize-money.

According to Shadai spokesman, Naohiro Hosoda, Workforce arrived at Narita airport in Japan on November 24 and will be released out of quarantine on December 12.

"Our stallion man is taking care of him in Yokohama quarantine," said Hosoda. "He is in good form and his temperament is very good - he is an English gentleman.

"He will be released out of quarantine on December 12 and we expect his arrival on the 13th."

Hosoda added that Workforce has been so well received by breeders in Japan that shares in the horse were snapped up within the space of a few hours.

"Workforce was syndicated and Shadai own 50 per cent of the shares," said Hosoda. "The other shares were sold out within hours.

"We have a lot of confidence in him and will send our top broodmares to support him."

Runaway King George winner Harbinger, another former Sir Michael Stoute inmate based at Shadai Farm, is set to stand his second season for 4,000,000yen (£32,967/€38,455). The son ofDansili covered an outstanding first book of mares last season including four winners of the Japanese 1,000 Guineas as well as My Katies, dam of the brilliant Japanese colt Admire Moon.

The 2012 fee for Shadai's leading young sire Deep Impact, the sire of this season's Japanese 1,000 Guineas heroine Marcellina, is unchanged at 10,000,000yen (£82,410/€96,158).




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