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First Group 1 winner for Maurice

Maurice's strikingly handsome son Pixie Knight is the spectacular first 3YO winner of the Nakayama Sprinters S. G1 since 2007...


Japan’s Horse of the Year and now Group 1 sire Maurice is currently serving his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

First Group 1 winner for Maurice

3YO colt Pixie Knight became Maurice’s first Group 1 winner with a spectacular performance in Sunday’s ~A$3.1 million Nakayama Sprinters S. 1200m G1 that marks him as a new star in Japan.

Runner-up was the mare Resistencia (by Daiwa Major, sire of Maurice’s barn-mate Admire Mars), the 2019 Champion 2YO Filly  and a dual Group winner this year. Another 3YO, Mikki Isle’s multiple Group-winning daughter Meikei Yell was fourth, and the race favourite, last-start Group 1 winner Danon Smash was sixth.

Bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing & carrying the colours of Silk Racing, Pixie Knight won his 2YO debut in September 2020, and this year won a Group 3 mile before reverting to sprint distances. 

His jockey Yuichi Fukunaga indicated there is still plenty of development to come with the good-looking colt.  “He’s still not physically balanced yet but he will improve, mature and definitely become a target to beat in numerous future sprint races in or outside the country.” The Hong Kong Sprint G1 – won last year by Danon Smash and previously by Lord Kanaloa – is an obvious target. 

Pixie Knight is the second winner out of Pixie Hollow, a winning daughter of Dancing Brave’s son King Halo, and descended from the US Grade 1 winner A Kiss For Luck. 

Maurice leads Japan’s 2nd Season Sires’ list with ¥1.1 billion (~A$14.3 million) and three Group winners this year.

In Australia, the six-time Group 1 winner compiled six 2YO stakes performers in 2020/21, and has notched up 10 first-crop 3YO winners so far this Spring. 

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