World-class racehorse, multiple Group 1 winner, superb miler, a champion in Japan, proven in international company, with a high-class but, for Australians & New Zealanders, a left-field pedigree.
That was Maurice when we launched him in 2017. Now he’s the sensational sire of two first-crop Australian Group 1 winners and second-crop Group winner Kibou, with the 2021/22 Second Season Sires’ title on his CV.
But he’s already fully booked in 2022.
The good news is we have a great alternative: world-class racehorse, multiple Group 1 winner, superb miler, a champion in Japan, proven in international company, with a slightly more familiar pedigree.
That’s Admire Mars and he’s available at $22,000 inc. GST. Here’s what he offers Australian & New Zealand breeders:
Unbeaten Champion 2YO Colt
Admire Mars won his June debut at Chukyo, defeating subsequent Group winner Cadence Call, and ran on the same track three weeks later to accelerate from three-wide to score by a comfortable three lengths.
He returned after a break to set the pace in the Kyoto Daily Nisai S. G3, sprinting clear in the final stages to win by 3/4 length.
Admire Mars then lined up in the Hanshin Asahi Hai Futurity S. G1 against the future 6-time Group 1 winner, Champion 3YO Filly & Sprinter-Miler Gran Alegria. He took charge at the top of the straight and found plenty under pressure to win by two lengths and secure his place at the head of Japan’s 2018 2YO Ratings with a figure of 116, bettered only once in the past decade.
WATCH: Admire Mars (No. 6, blue silks, blue cap) defeats Kurino Gaudi
& Gran Alegria in the 2018 Hanshin Asahi Hai Futurity 1600m G1.
3-time Group 1 winner at 1600m as a 2YO & 3YO
Eleven of Admire Mars’ 13 starts at 2, 3 and 4 were in Group company with his 6 wins and two of his four placings at 1600 metres – he was a superlative specialist miler. He’s also a member of the elite club of stallions that have won Group 1 races at 2 and 3 – like Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Pierro, Vain & Snippets.
Admire Mars’ hard-fought NHK Mile Cup G1 victory in 1:32.4 earned warm praise from his jockey Mirco Demuro. “Our draw was wide, his start wasn’t so good and we had to race in a lower position than hoped, but he just hates to lose – once another runner came up next to him, he found his second wind. He’s truly an amazing miler.”
WATCH: Admire Mars (No. 17, this time with a pink cap) wins the 2019
Tokyo NHK Mile Cup 1600m G1 in 1:32.4.
Only 3YO winner of the Hong Kong Mile G1 – in near-record time
Admire Mars closed out his second season with a leading role in Japan’s stunning treble at the 2019 Hong Kong International Races as the first – and so far only – 3YO winner of the Hong Kong Mile G1. There were six previous and subsequent Group 1 winners behind him, including two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation, Japan’s Champion Sprinter-Miler Indy Champ and Zaaki, winner of three Group 1 races in Australia.
Admire Mars’ winning time confirmed the merit of his performance: 1:33.25, faster than Maurice in 2015, faster than Beauty Generation in 2017 & 2018 and faster than Golden Sixty in 2020 & 2021.
At the end of 2019 Admire Mars was ranked among the world’s best 3YO turf milers with a figure of 118.
WATCH: Admire Mars (No. 9 saddlecloth) defeats Waikuku & Beauty Generation in the 2019 Hong Kong Mile 1600m G1.
From the Sunday Silence sire-line & the family of Ribot
Sunday Silence’s sons have become steadily more familiar to Australian breeders thanks to Group 1 successes by the likes of Lys Gracieux, Delta Blues, Fierce Impact, Real Impact, Profondo & Glint Of Hope.
Daiwa Major, sire of Admire Mars, is one of Sunday Silence’s best racing and stallion sons, twice Japan’s Champion Sprinter-Miler and the sire of 42 stakeswinners including three Champion 2YOs.
Admire Mars is the best of three stakeswinners left by French Group winner Via Medici, descended from Rossellina, a stakes-winning full sister to the unbeaten Champion racehorse and influential sire Ribot.
|First-crop foals by Admire Mars: left, filly ex Adamina (by Snitzel) & right, filly ex Legend Emma by Lope De Vega. (PHOTOS: Joan Faras)
The opportunity of breeding a second-crop Admire Mars foal
Some breeders believe that “opportunity” and “second year stallions” don’t belong in the same sentence, but Arrowfield’s recent experience of breeding & selling second-crop yearlings has been very positive. For example, second-crop yearlings by Maurice and Shalaa achieved a higher average price than their first-crop yearlings, and we bred Castelvecchio & Super Seth from Dundeel’s second crop.
We don’t back off our young stallions. That’s why there are already 31 Arrowfield mares in Admire Mars’ book this season, among them multiple Group winners Don’t Doubt Mamma & Brazilian Pulse and several young daughters of Redoute’s Choice, Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel.