Arrowfield applauds Yasuda Kinen trifecta

Arrowfield has several connections to Indy Champ, Aerolithe & Almond Eye who filled the trifecta in the record-breaking Yasuda Kinen G1…

It’s not so long ago that including a major Australian stud in a story on a Japanese Group 1 trifecta would have been considered as unlikely as the Japanese rugby team beating the Springboks  – which they did at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

There is no longer any surprise, or doubt about Japan’s pre-eminence in global thoroughbred breeding & racing, and Arrowfield’s connections with the first three horses home in Sunday’s Tokyo Yasuda Kinen 1600m G1 are cause for celebration rather than astonishment. 

This year’s contest generated more-than-usual excitement and attracted a 74,000-strong crowd keen to see 2018 Horse of the Year Almond Eye (by 2013 Yasuda Kinen winner Lord Kanaloa) take on a quality field headed by Danon Premium (by Deep Impact), Aerolithe (by Kurofune), Indy Champ (by Stay Gold) and Stelvio (by Lord Kanaloa).

Indy Champ surges to victory in the Yasuda Kinen G1. (PHOTO: Japan Racing Association)

The race certainly lived up to the hype without delivering the widely expected sixth consecutive Group 1 victory for Almond Eye, who was badly hampered immediately after the start by Logi Cry’s abrupt move sideways from gate 16, earning champion jockey Yutake Take a one-meeting suspension.

5YO mare Aerolithe set a strong pace in front, stuck on bravely for second and deserves credit for the sensational new race record time of 1:30.9 she shared in a thrilling finish with the winner Indy Champ, who caught her just before the line, and third-placed Almond Eye, who sprinted the last 600 metres in 32.4 and missed victory by a neck and a nose.  

The result is a notable triumph for Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing which bred all three placegetters, and the Yoshida-managed syndicates Sunday Racing (Aerolithe) & Silk Racing (Indy Champ & Almond Eye).

It’s also notable that fifth-placed Sungrazer was the closest of  Deep Impact’s four runners in the race. However, the 7-time Champion Sire is once again in charge of Japan’s General Sires’ Premiership, with prizemoney of almost $A50 million – more than twice the earnings of his nearest challenger Stay Gold.

As for the Arrowfield connections, Indy Champ’s dam Will Power (by King Kamehemeha) is a half-sister to Deep Impact’s dual Group 1-winning son Real Impact,  whose first Arrowfield-conceived 2YOs race next season.

Aerolithe’s dam Asterix (by Neo Universe) is a half-sister to the dam of dual Group 1 winner and Arrowfield sire Mikki Isle whose first Australian yearlings sell next year.

Asterix  herself has had four foals in Australia for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Northern Farm: city-winning 3YO filly Achondrite (by Lord Kanaloa), stakes-placed 2YO filly Akari (by Snitzel), a Redoute’s Choice yearling colt bought by Katsumi Yoshida for $400,000 at Inglis Easter and a weanling filly by Snitzel. 

Arrowfield has sold 7 yearlings by Lord Kanaloa over the past three years and is selling a pair of fillies out of the Japanese mares Dream Tiara (by Heart’s Cry) & Orgueil (by Deep Impact) at this week’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. 

The Japanese influence in the Stud’s final yearling draft of 2019 does not end there. Four colts and a filly by Real Impact are also on offer, alongside a Scissor Kick filly out of Glamour Stock, grand-dam of Arrowfield’s promising racemare Madame Pauline (by Redoute’s Choice). 

The Yasuda Kinen, first held in 1951 and elevated to international Group 1 status in 1993, is a fixture on the list of the world’s top-rated Group 1 races and Arrowfield stands not one, but two distinguished past winners. Real Impact became the first 3YO to win the race in 2011 and Horse of the Year Maurice won it in 2015.

Showtime stars in Caulfield feature

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 over 1400 metres at Caulfield… 

Snitzel’s classy son Showtime added a second Group 2 victory to his CV  with a defiant performance in Saturday’s weight-for-age feature at Caulfield, the $200,000 MRC P.B. Lawrence S. 1400m G2. 

The 4YO entire began well and tussled for the lead before taking a sit behind Jungle Edge, then pushing forward to challenge after the turn. 

Showtime found plenty in the fight to the line, applying high-cruise pressure and resolute determination to draw clear over the final 100 metres and defeat last year’s P.B. Lawrence winner Hartnell by almost a half-length with Widgee Turf third.

“It took us a little bit to get back from Jungle Edge and get away from him.  He did a good job to overcome that then fight it out in the straight. It was a good effort.” – jockey Dwayne Dunn on Showtime

Watch Showtime win the MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2.

Add his MVRC Stutt S. G2 win, Group 1 placings behind Trapeze Artist & Brave Smash last season, good juvenile form, arresting good looks and top-drawer pedigree, and Showtime is already well-qualified for a stud career.

However, he has more to achieve on the track first, and the $1 million Memsie Stakes G1, also over 1400 metres at Caulfield on 1 September, is Showtime’s next target.

The $1.1 million yearling now known as dual Group 2 winner Showtime. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Showtime is a result of Arrowfield’s highly successful, 20 year-old joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. Sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, he is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for both his breeders, in partnership with Alan Jones, Jonathan Munz, Greg & Barb Ingham and Eric & Georgina Koundouris.

His dam Flidais (by Timber Country), a Group-placed daughter of dual Group 1 winner Electronic, has proved a gem at stud, generating more  than $4 million of yearling sale returns and leaving Showtime, his splendid Group 1-winning sister Sweet Idea and Malaysian stakeswinner Rush (by Charge Forward).

The $1.8 million Snitzel-Flidais filly sold to Reg Inglis, Jon Kelly & Paul Frampton at this year’s Magic Millions Sale has been named Evening Slippers and is in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.  Flidais is due to foal again to the two-time Champion Sire in September and will be making a return visit to his court.

Showtime and last weekend’s ATC The Rosebud LR winner Sandbar have given Snitzel a quick start to the season and taken his career tally of progeny stakes wins to 162.

Japan’s supersire Deep Impact goes global

It seems a little strange to say that 2018 is proving to be a breakout year for a stallion that has won his country’s last six General Sire Premierships.

Nevertheless, it’s an accurate description of Deep Impact’s enhanced global status after Classic victories by his sons Saxon Warrior for Coolmore in the Newmarket Two Thousand Guineas G1 on 5 May and Study Of Man for the Niarchos family in last Sunday’s Chantilly Prix du Jockey Club G1.

They are among Deep Impact’s eight Group 1 winners in four countries over the past 12 months, helping him into third position on the TRC Global Sire Rankings behind Galileo and Dubawi.

In fact, Deep Impact’s rise from Japanese to international dominance is a longer story and one that Arrowfield has played a small part in by identifying his sire Sunday Silence as “breed shaper” and breeding a few mares to him Southern time some twenty years ago.  The resultant offspring included AJC Oaks winner Sunday Joy, herself dam of the incomparable More Joyous.

Arrowfield’s relationship with the Yoshida family & Shadai Stallion Station has been consolidated by the joint breeding venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm and stallion business, most recently the shuttling of dual Group 1-winning sprinter-milers Real Impact (pictured above) and Mikki Isle (pictured below).  They are the first sons of Deep Impact to stand in Australia, and breeders using them are poised to catch the rising wave of demand for this dynamic Danehill outcross. Real Impact’s first Australian yearlings sell in 2019, while Mikki Isle’s first foals are due this coming Spring.

Mikki Isle, his first foals arrive this Spring

Arrowfield has doubled-down on Deep Impact by sending mares to his court in Japan, with the first group producing three fillies and two colts that are now rising 2YOs. Two of the fillies, out of Alverta and Charming Estelle, were sold for a total of $2.1 million at Inglis Easter, bought respectively by Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum.

Critical to the Australian market’s enthusiasm for Deep Impact has been the top-level success in domestic racing conditions by his progeny. His half-dozen runners here so far include three Group 1 performers: dual Group 1 winner Tosen Stardom (at stud this year), ATC George Ryder S. G1 winner Real Impact and Ambitious, twice Group 1-placed this season.

Deep Impact is the sire of seven other offshore Group 1 winners since 2012: Gentildonna (Dubai), A Shin Hikari (France & Hong Kong), Vivlos (Dubai), Real Steel (Dubai) & Beauty Parlour (France), as well as Saxon Warrior and Study Of Man.

They are among Deep Impact’s 114 stakeswinners (10.1% of his runners) with Study Of Man his 37th lifetime Group 1 winner. Less than halfway through the 2018 season he is once again dominating the Japanese General Sires’ premiership with around $A36 million prizemoney – a cool $A16 million ahead of his closest rival Heart’s Cry (also by Sunday Silence).

First Australian stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom

Katsumi Yoshida’s  Animal Kingdom colt Peaceful State has looked capable of big things since his close second to Villermont in last November’s Sandown Guineas G2. 

He pressed his case with a runner-up finish in Grunt’s Australian Guineas G1 on 3 March and has now earned stakes-winning status with a storming victory in Saturday’s $100,000 SAJC HC Nitschke S. 1400m LR.

Drawn 11, Peaceful State eased bask towards the rear of the field where he settled comfortably for jockey John Allen while Time Awaits shot to the lead. The colt had all his rivals in front of him as they rounded the home turn but launched a powerful run through the field to sweep past Snitzel’s daughters Platinum Angel and Smooth Landing and score by a length.

Watch Peaceful State win the SAJC HC Nitschke S. LR.

Bred by Northern Farm’s partnership with Arrowfield, and trained by Darren Weir, Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), already famous as the dam of 2008 Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. 

Peaceful State’s next target is the Adelaide Guineas LR on 12 May, with a trip booked after that for Brisbane where he is nominated for both the Stradbroke Handicap and the Queensland Derby.

Animal Kingdom now has four stakeswinners on his dual-hemisphere record and is currently serving his fifth US book of mares at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky.

His four other stakes performers include 2YO Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice), second in last Wednesday’s VRC Anzac Day S. LR, and Earth Angel (ex Miss Finland by Redoute’s Choice), who will start in next Saturday’s $500,000 SAJC Australasian Oaks G1.

Animal Kingdom’s Group 1-placed stakeswinner Peaceful State. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

 

Animal Kingdom's first Australian Group 1 performer

A decade after Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler scored the fourth of his 7 Group 1 victories, his half-brother by Animal Kingdom came very close to securing his own Group 1 success at the same track for owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida.

Peaceful State’s sustained effort at the end of Saturday’s $1 million VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 put him in the frame, only a half-length from the winner Grunt, and two lengths ahead of third-placed Bring Me Roses.

Watch Peaceful State run 2nd in the VRC Australian Guineas G1
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Jockey Brad Rawiller said of Peaceful State’s run, “Geez, he was good. I couldn’t have asked for a better run following the winner. We got that run but he (Grunt) was better on the day, but my bloke still isn’t fully seasoned yet. Down the track, there will be a Group I for him.”

All going well Peaceful State will get his next Group 1 opportunity within the next few weeks, and trainer Darren Weir is confident the longer distances of the Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby will suit him.

It’s been a good week for Animal Kingdom, now fifth on the Second Season Sires’ table after Peaceful State’s contribution and two new winners, Table Mountain and Scarlet Image.

Peaceful State is Animal Kingdom’s second Group 1 performer after US colt & Kentucky Derby contender Untamed Domain, also a Grade 2 winner and a likely starter in next Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby G2.

Animal Kingdom’s third crop yearlings have already sold up to the $240,000 paid by Heinrich Bloodstock for the colt ex Butters at Magic Millions. Other 2018 buyers include Australian Bloodstock, Paul Perry, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and Paul Willetts.

Animal Kingdom has a filly out of city winner Merge (by Commands) in the Bucklee Farm draft going through the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale-ring this week.

His seven lots catalogued for Inglis Easter include a half-brother to Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain in the Arrowfield draft and Tartan Fields’ colt out of Group 1 winner Plucky Belle.

A big Autumn ahead of Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has given notice of a big Autumn with a 3YO winning double, courtesy of Peaceful State in Melbourne on Wednesday and Raw Emotion at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.

Luke Sheehan at Racing.com summed up Peaceful State’s storming victory from near the back of the field, achieved in the style of a genuine Classic prospect and despite giving weight to older horses:

Peaceful State stamped himself on the scene with a huge win in the Mitavite Summer Challenge Heat 1 (1300m) for Japanese owner Katsumi Yoshida, punched out strongly by popular Irish hoop John Allen. He reeled in the likes of Call Me Handsome and Kaching in the shadows of the post, and is as short as $7.50 (Sportsbet), but as much as $15 (Bet365), for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Watch Peaceful State win at Sandown.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Mr Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), celebrated as the dam of 7-time Group 1 winner and 2008 Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. The Darren Weir-trained colt has now won two of his four starts and was a close second to Villermont in last November’s Sandown Guineas G2.

Animal Kingdom’s daughter Raw Emotion confirmed her progress over three starts in the past month with success over 1600 metres at Kembla Grange. 

Watch Raw Emotion win at Kembla Grange.

The first foal of Lilac Garden (by Hussonet from stakeswinner Miss Bussell), Raw Emotion was bought for $135,000 by Star Thoroughbreds from Arrowfield’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft and is prepared by Chris Waller. Lilac Garden has a weanling colt by Olympic Glory and is in foal again to Animal Kingdom. 

Earth Angel (also an Australian Guineas contender and a pleasing second in her campaign debut at Caulfield last Saturday), Lord Cecil (a dual acceptor for Canterbury on Friday, and Saturday’s ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3), debut winner I Am Queen and New Zealand Oaks prospect Toy Kingdom are all set to keep the ball rolling for Animal Kingdom through the Autumn. 

Meanwhile, in the United States where Animal Kingdom finished 4th on the 2017 First Season Sires’ premiership, his Grade 2-winning son Untamed Domain remains on the Kentucky Derby trail after his season-opening third in last Saturday’s Dania Beach S. G3.

Animal Kingdom has 7 yearlings, including two fillies & two colts in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Classic Sale which begins on Saturday evening at the new Riverside Stables in Sydney. 

Olympic Glory yearlings in demand at Magic Millions

Olympic Glory more than held his own in a strong field of first-crop sires at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale which opened the 2018 selling season.

Al Shaqab’s four-time Group 1 winner was represented by 12 lots in Book 1 and they all sold, averaging $181,667, around 10 times his 2015 fee. A further five yearlings sold up to $90,000 from Book 2.

Top price of $600,000 was paid by Katsumi Yoshida for the colt out of Downtown Manhattan, a full sister to South African Group 1 winner Whisky Baron, from the family of European Group winners Tashtiya, Tashelka and Tasaday. The colt’s grand-dam Tazkara was among the first mares sent to Australia for the joint breeding venture undertaken by HH The Aga Khan and Arrowfield. 

Another six colts made six-figure prices, notably Kenmore Lodge’s $260,000 son of Flighty (by Zabeel), knocked down to Spicer Thoroughbreds and champion trainer Darren Weir. Other buyers of those colts were trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with Blue Sky, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Guy Mulcaster & Dynamic Syndications.

The top-priced filly was Arrowfield’s daughter of Lanai (by Gone West), bought for $160,000 by trainer Paul Perry. He also signed for the colts out of Catalina Winemixer & Malukar and is enthusiastic about Olympic Glory’s prospects.

“His yearlings are outstanding types, a lot like Olympic Glory himself, with a great shoulder and good bone. I think he’s a standout among the first season sires.”

Paul sees much of Choisir, his former stable star and Olympic Glory’s sire, in these yearlings, especially in the Downtown Manhattan colt on which he was the under-bidder.   

Other buyers of Olympic Glory fillies included syndicators Triple Crown and Dalziel Racing with Peter Moody. 

Olympic Glory has 22 yearlings on offer by a dozen vendors at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, among them 5 colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment

Animal Kingdom colt impresses in Guineas

“Drew 11, jumped well but kept wide the whole way, found plenty at the top of the straight and challenged the leader before the winner caught and bested him in the final stages.” 

That’s a fair description of Peaceful State’s heady effort, at only his third start, to finish second in Saturday’s $250,000 Sandown Guineas 1600m G2, a head behind the impressive winner Villermont with the consistent Black Sail third.  

Watch Peaceful State’s 2nd in the MRC Sandown Guineas G2.

Peaceful State is Animal Kingdom’s second Australian Group performer after last season’s 2YO Lord Cecil and he looks capable of further improvement through his 3YO season. 

Such progress is predicted by both sides of Peaceful State’s pedigree. Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby and went on to run second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at four before delivering a memorable Dubai World Cup victory in his final season. 

Peaceful State’s champion half-brother Weekend Hussler was a six-time Group 1 winner at three, securing the 2008 Australian Horse of the Year title, and adding three more Group wins as a 4YO, including the Underwood S. G1.

Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty, bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. The colt was raised at Arrowfield, and races in Mr Yoshida’s famous red, yellow and black colours from the stable of Darren Weir. 

It’s been a good month for Animal Kingdom, also sire of  US Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 runner-up Untamed Domain on 3 November, last week’s stylish 2YO trial winner Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice), his eighth & ninth US first-crop winners Motatan and Island Getaway, and his sixth overall stakes performer, Grace and Dignity in Canada on Sunday.

Magic Millions has catalogued a dozen lots by Animal Kingdom for the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, including six colts and 4 fillies in the Arrowfield draft. He also has a colt out of Only Roses (Redoute’s Choice) on offer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale, which begins on Wednesday.

Aerolithe boosts Arrowfield pedigrees

The growing relevance of Japanese Group 1 results for Australian stallions and pedigrees was nicely illustrated when 3YO filly Aerolithe won last Sunday’s Tokyo NHK Mile Cup 1600m G1.

The powerfully built grey filly is a daughter of Kurofune and the Neo Universe mare Asterix who has been based at Arrowfield since March 2015 as part of the Stud’s Jungle Pocket Joint Venture with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm.

Mr Yoshida bought back the attractive Lord Kanaloa-Asterix filly at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and the mare produced a Snitzel filly last Spring before conceiving to Redoute’s Choice.

However, that’s not Aerolithe’s only connection with Arrowfield. Asterix is also a half-sister to Star Isle, the dam of Japan’s 2016 Champion Sprinter & Miler Mikki Isle who joins the Arrowfield stallion roster this coming Spring.

He’s the standout male performer in a family noted for top-class females, including champion Japanese mare Diamond Biko, US Grade 1 winner Lilacs And Lace and brilliant four-time US Grade 1 winner Stella Madrid, third dam of both Aerolithe and Mikki Isle.

Bred by Northern Farm, Aerolithe is prepared by former jockey Takanori Kikuzawa for Sunday Racing and given she’s a Group 1 winner at only hr sixth start, she must be a good prospect for further major prizes during this Japanese season.

Arrowfield launches Maurice in Japanese style

Arrowfield launched international champion Maurice on the Stud’s 2017 roster with a Japanese-themed cocktail evening at the Stud’s Inglis Easter marquee on Wednesday evening.

Maurice’s owner Mrs Kazumi Yoshida and her husband, celebrated owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida, were special guests at the event to mark the addition of Japan’s 2015 Horse of the Year to the Arrowfield line-up.

Maurice is one of three Japanese stars shuttling to the Hunter Valley farm this coming season. Japanese and Australian Group 1 winner Real Impact (by multiple champion sire Deep Impact) returns to Arrowfield for his second Southern Hemisphere season, after serving 134 mares here in 2016.

Like Maurice, Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (also by Deep Impact) will make the trip to Australia for the first time this year.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara welcomed guests and introduced Maurice and the two sons of Deep Impact with video clips and a presentation describing the extrardinary rise of Japanese breeding and racing over the past four decades.

Katsumi Yoshida is sending Maurice the cream of his wonderful broodmare band, including two-time Horse of the Year & 7-time Group 1 winner Gentildonna; Horse of the Year Buena Vista; Champion Filly Harp Star; Champion Filly Sinhalite; and dual Group 1 winner Verxina. Arrowfield has committed close to 40 of its best stakes-winning and stakes-producing mares for Maurice’s Australian book.

Maurice will stand his first season at Arrowfield at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST.

John Messara also announced the news that Arrowfield has secured a 50% interest in the Group-winning 2YO colt Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet), along with the standing rights for his future stud career. Pariah will now race for a partnership of Arrowfield with James Harron Bloodstock Colts and all his current owners, and will continue to be trained by Peter & Paul Snowden.

Pariah was purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $700,000 from Arrowfield Stud’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft. Arrowfield has already had great success with home-bred and graduate colts, among them Champion Sire Flying Spur and leading sires Beneteau and Not A Single Doubt.

Arrowfield is the leading vendor by aggregate after Day 2 of the Inglis Easter Sale and ended the day on a high note, when the Snitzel filly from dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) was knocked down to Emirates Park for $1.7 million. The filly was bred by Katsumi Yoshida and the mare is part of his long-standing joint venture with Arrowfield.

With the final selling session to be conducted on Thursday, the sale’s average is $354,044, median $270,00 and gross $79,660,000 with a healthy clearance rate of 81 per cent.