First Group 1 winner for Maurice

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)

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. 

Latest news

The Sapphire goes to Snitzel’s Wee Nessy The Sapphire goes to Snitzel’s Wee Nessy

Snitzel's 4YO daughter Wee Nessy sealed an edition of The Championships that Arrowfield will long remember with a terrific victory in the Sapphire S. G2...


The Autumn Sun celebrates first-crop Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun celebrates first-crop Group 1 winner

Autumn Angel's emphatic Australian Oaks G1 victory is a major milestone for her sire The Autumn Sun, the best racing colt by Redoute's Choice...


Dundeel dominates the Doncaster Mile Dundeel dominates the Doncaster Mile

3YO colts Celestial Legend and Militarize gave Dundeel an unforgettable 1-3 finish in one of Australia's greatest races, the Doncaster Mile G1 at Randwick...