Admire Mars

Japan's unbeaten Champion 2YO Colt, a triple Group 1-winning miler and the only 3YO winner of the Hong Kong Mile G1, by leading sire Daiwa Major from a French Group winner - new to Arrowfield in 2021. 

$22,000 inc. GST - NEW Daiwa Major (JPN - Via Medici (IRE)
Chestnut horse 2016 16.0½hh

Admire Mars

Service Fee: $22,000 inc. GST - NEW

Japan's unbeaten Champion 2YO Colt, a triple Group 1-winning miler and the only 3YO winner of the Hong Kong Mile G1, by leading sire Daiwa Major from a French Group winner - new to Arrowfield in 2021. 

Daiwa Major (JPN - Via Medici (IRE)
Chestnut horse 2016 16.0½hh

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Three-time Group 1 winner Admire Mars joins the Arrowfield roster in 2021 with much to add to the growing story of Japanese success in Australia.

A son of Group 1 winner & leading sire Daiwa Major (by Sunday Silence) & the French Group winner Via Medici, Admire Mars was Japan's unbeaten Champion 2YO Colt of 2018 after winning all four of his juvenile starts. 

His 2YO season culminated with victory in the 1600-metre Hanshin Asahi Hai Futurity S. G1, where he pulled clear of the field to score by two lengths in 1:33.9.

Admire Mars returned at three to claim the Tokyo NHK Mile Cup G1, overcoming a difficult, wide run in transit to sprint hard in the straight and score in 1:32.4.

He just hates to lose—once another runner came up next to him, he found his second wind. He’s truly an amazing miler.
- jockey Mirco Demuro after the 2019 NHK Mile G1

The colt ended 2019 by playing his part in a Japanese cleanup at the Hong Kong International Races, defeating Waikuku and champion Beauty Generation in 1:33.25 to become the first 3YO winner of the Hong Kong Mile G1.  

Admire Mars lived up to his name with a fighting spirit to match his speed & strength as a specialist miler. Add his medium-sized physique, professional racing temperament, Danehill-free pedigree, a competitive fee, plus the support he'll receive from Arrowfield and he's a compelling new option for Australian mares in 2021.

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Bred by Katsumi Yoshida's world-famous Northern Farm, Admire Mars is the first Japanese-born foal of French Group 3 winner Via Medici (by multiple Group 1 winner & successful sire Medicean), purchased for €480,000 from the 2014 Arqana December Sale. 

The female family stems from Rossellina, a full sister to Champion European racehorse & legendary sire Ribot.

Admire Mars is the best son of Daiwa Major who won the Japanese 2000 Guineas G1 & Yasuda Kinen G1, was twice named Champion Sprinter-Miler and is a leading sire son of breed-shaper Sunday Silence. Daiwa Major is responsible for 37 SW including four 2YO Champions. 


Daiwa Major (JPN) Sunday Silence (USA) Halo Hail To Reason Turn-to
Cosmah Cosmic Bomb
Wishing Well Understanding Promised Land
Pretty Ways
Mountain Flower Montparnasse
Scarlet Bouquet (JPN) Northern Taste (CAN) Northern Dancer Nearctic
Lady Victoria Victoria Park
Lady Angela
Scarlet Ink (USA) Crimson Satan Spy Song
Consentida Beau Max
La Menina
Via Medici (IRE) Medicean (GB) Machiavellian Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Coup de Folie Halo
Raise the Standard
Mystic Goddess Storm Bird Northern Dancer
South Ocean
Rose Goddess Sassafras
Via Milano (FR) Singspiel (IRE) In the Wings Sadler’s Wells
High Hawk
Glorious Song Halo
Salvinaxia (FR) Linamix Mendez
Salve Sallust
Renee Martin





  • Champion Sprinter/Miler of Japan 2006 & 2007
  • Champion First Season Sire of Japan 2011
  • Runner-up Champion Sire of 2YOs in Japan 2011 (to Deep Impact)
  • Champion Second Season Sire in Japan 2012

Best nicks with Daiwa Major are:

Mares by DANEHILL or his sons (30% stakeswinners/named foals)
LOGI CHALICE (JPN) 2012 c, by Daiwa Major – Platina Chalice, by Rock of Gibraltar. 6 wins-1 at 2-at 1600m, 1800m, 145,408,000¥, Nakayama Lord Derby Challenge Trophy, Gr.3.

LOVING ANSWER (JPN) 2014 c, by Daiwa Major – Love Letter, by Rock of Gibraltar. 8 wins-1 at 2-from 1200m to 1600m, 172,953,000¥, to 2021, Nakayama Shunrai S., L.

BULLDOG BOSS (JPN) 2012 g, by Daiwa Major – Lyphard Cannes, by Danehill. 14 wins-2 at 2-from 1200m to 1600m, 406,981,000¥, to 2020, Urawa JBC Sprint, L, Morioka Cluster Cup, L, 3d Nakayama Capella S., Gr.3.

Mares by MORE THAN READY (33% stakeswinners/named foals)
NAC VENUS (JPN) 2013 f, by Daiwa Major – Ready to Please, by More Than Ready. 8 wins at 1200m, 1400m, 356,188,162¥, Sapporo Keeneland Cup, Gr.3, Nakayama Lapis Lazuli S., L, Tokyo Oro Cup, L, Kyoto Aoi S., L, 3d Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Gr.1, Sapporo Keeneland Cup, Gr.3, Hakodate Sprint S., Gr.3.

Lilianfels (JPN) 2018 f, by Daiwa Major – Yulefest, by More Than Ready. Winner at 2 in 2020 in Japan.

Ready Steady Go (JPN) 2018 c, by Daiwa Major – Ready to Please, by More Than Ready. Winner at 2 in 2020 in Japan.

Mares by sons or grandsons of SADLER’S WELLS (12.5% stakes horses/named foals) 
MAJOR EMBLEM (JPN) 2013 f, by Daiwa Major – Catchy Title, by Opera House. 5 wins-3 at 2-at 1600m, 1800m, 243,107,000¥, Tokyo NHK Mile Cup, Gr.1, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Gr.1, Tokyo Daily Hai Queen Cup, Gr.3, 4th Hanshin Oka Sho, Gr.1.

DUE PROCESS (GB) 2016 c, by Daiwa Major – Rose Law, by New Approach. 5 wins-1 at 2-at 1400m, 1600m, 101,714,000¥, Sonoda Hyogo Gold Trophy, L, Chukyo Shoryu S., Tokyo Seiryu S., 2d Tokyo Unicorn S., Gr.3, 4th Hanshin Procyon S., Gr.3.

Shigeru Pink Dia (JPN) 2016 f, by Daiwa Major – Moonlight Bay, by High Chaparral. Winner at 2, 139,681,000¥, 2d Hanshin Oka Sho, Gr.1, Tulip Sho, Gr.2, Chukyo Chunichi Shimbun Hai, Gr.3, 3d Kyoto Shuka Sho, Gr.1.

Amalfi Coast (JPN) 2015 f, by Daiwa Major – Gypsy Highway, by High Chaparral. 2 wins at 2, 110,274,000¥, Sports Hochi Hai Chukyo Nisai S., 2d Hanshin Sankei Sports Hai Hanshin Himba S., Gr.2, 3d Kyoto Himba S., Gr.3, KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy S., Gr.3, Hanshin Port Island S., L.

Matenro Happiness (JPN) 2012 c, by Daiwa Major – Lady Happiness, by Montjeu. 6 wins from 1400m to 3100m, 98,390,000¥, Kyoto Tachibana S., Tokyo Kunitachi Tokubetsu, 3d Hanshin Arlington Cup, Gr.3.

Mares from the sireline of A.P. INDY (15.4% stakeswinners/runners) 

EXCELLENTE CAVE (JPN) 2009 f, by Daiwa Major – Indiana Curve, by A.P. Indy. 6 wins-1 at 2-at 1400m, 1600m, 114,798,000¥, Nakayama Keisei Hai Autumn H., Gr.3, 3d Tokyo Daily Hai Queen Cup, Gr.3.

REGENT ROCK (JPN) 2011 c, by Daiwa Major – Lady Indy, by A.P. Indy. 6 wins-1 at 2-at 1700m, 1800m, 165,753,000¥, Hakodate Onuma S., L, 2d Saga Kinen, L, 3d Nakayama March S., Gr.3.



Admire Mars was purchased from Northern Farm as a yearling for ~A$660,000 by major Japanese owner Riichi Kondo and was prepared throughout his three-season, 13-start career by champion trainer Yasuo Tomomichi. 

He won all 4 of his juvenile starts at 1600 metres, beginning with a gritty performance at Chukyo in June 2018, progressing to Group 2 success in November and culminating in the Asahi Hai Futurity S. G1. where he defeated the favourite Gran Alegria to score a two-length win in 1:33.9.  That earned him the JRA Award as Champion 2YO Colt of 2018. 

Admire Mars opened his 3YO campaign with a Group 3 second and a fourth placing in the 2000-metre Satsuki Sho (2000 Guineas), his first Group 1 appearance. He was next seen at his preferred distance of 1600 metres when he captured his second elite title in the Tokyo NHK Mile Cup G1.

It was an impressive performance by Admire Mars who missed the start slightly then raced three to four-wide in mid-division and ended up even further out with nearly half the field ahead of him at the top of the long Tokyo straight. The colt fought hard to master a cluster of rivals and burst through 100 metres from home, winning in 1:32.4.

Two starts later and three weeks after the death of his owner, Admire Mars joined a formidable Japanese team at the 2019 Hong Kong International Races and became the first 3YO to win the Hong Kong Mile G1, upsetting local hopes Waikuku and 7-time Group 1 winner Beauty Generation. He also defeated three other Japanese Group 1 winners that day: Normcore, Persian Knight & Indy Champ, and is the second Hong Kong Mile winner on Arrowfield's roster alongside Maurice.

Admire Mars concluded his career with four starts as a 4YO, running a close third in the Hanshin Mile Championship G1 and returning to Hong Kong in 2020 for a third-place finish to local Champion Golden Sixty in the Mile.

He retired to stud at Shadai with six wins, 4 placings and ~A$6.5 million prizemoney from 13 starts - all but two of them in Group company. He maintained his juvenile rating of 118 to rank as Japan's joint leading 3YO miler and among the world's best 3YO turf milers of 2019.

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Admire Mars

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