Record-breaking Group win by Mikki Isle filly

Mikki Isle's seven Japanese winners include dual Group winner Meikei Yell, and in Australia he's posted a promising winner Oriental Princess from his first two runners. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Mikki Isle’s first-crop 2YO daughter Meikei Yell did it all at Hanshin on Saturday: she kept her unbeaten status with her third win, added her second Group 3 victory and set a new juvenile track record.

Meikei Yell won her debut in August before taking out the 1200-metre Kokura Nisai S. G3 on 6 September. She has now added the ~A$730,000 Hanshin Fantasy S. 1400m G3 in the blazingly fast time of 1:20.1.

Bred by Northern Racing, Meikei Yell was purchased from the 2019 JRHA Select Yearling Sale for ¥28.08 million (~A$350,000) by Nagoya Keiba.

She is the first foal of Shiroinger (by Dansili’s son Harbinger), an unplaced member of a prolific winning family descended from US Grade 2 winner and excellent producer Storm and Sunshine.

Another Northern Farm-bred daughter of Mikki Isle, Shirley Poppy (ex Oriental Poppy by King Kamehameha) scored a 3.5 length win over 1600 metres at Hanshin’s Sunday meeting.

Mikki Isle now has 7 first-crop 2YO winners in Japan and posted his first Australian winner when Arrowfield graduate Oriental Princess (ex Anadan by Anabaa) won her Sunshine Coast debut on 25 October.

The second crop of Australian yearlings by Mikki Isle, who was Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter-Miler, will be offered for sale in 2021. 

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