Australian-bred Frankel Filly Wins in Japan
Mark Smith - Sunday, 14 May 2017

Australian-bred Frankel filly Flora de Mariposa broke her maiden at Tokyo on Sunday when defeating the males in a three-year-old maiden over 1800 metres.

Ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida for trainer Noriyuki Hori, Flora de Mariposa came from midfield with a barnstorming finish to defeat Deep Impact colt Freiberg by one and a quarter lengths with Conquer Again (Danon Chantilly) a neck back in third.

Carrying the colours of Kazumi Yoshida, Flora de Mariposa (pictured as a yearling ) was purchased for $750,000 out of the Cressfield Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale.

The daughter of Frankel is the first foal of the Stravinsky mare Jeu de Cartes a Group II winning half-sister to  Group I AJC Australian Derby winner Nom du Jeu out of the champion racemare Prized Gem.

The second foal of Jeu De Cartes, a colt by Redoute's Choice, was sold by Henley Park, on behalf of Cressfield, for $420,000 at this year's NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling sale.

The daughter of Stravinsky has a weanling Fastnet Rock filly and was covered by Not A Single Doubt last spring.

Earlier on in the day at Tokyo, Cosmo Peridot, a NZ-bred son of Jimmy Choux out of the Testa Rossa mare Diva Von Tessa, from the family of Black Caviar, All Too Hard and Magnus, broke his maiden over 1400 metres. 

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