Record Breaking JRHA Select Sale Concludes
Mark Smith - Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The 2017 Japan Horse Racing Select Sale concluded with the foal session at Northern Horse Park on Tuesday and all eyes were focused on one special colt and one very special filly, both, not surprisingly, by the all-conquering Deep Impact.

Northern Farm's colt out of the Group I Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Elusive Wave was knocked down to Riichi Kondo for a sale-topping 580,000,000 yen ($A6.7m) the second highest price in 20 years history of JRHA Select Sale.

The son of Deep Impact is a half-brother to two winners including the stakes-placed Brandybend (IRE) (Galileo).  (watch him parade here).

"Both myself and my trainer (Yasuo Tomomichi) were determined to buy this colt", Riichi Kondo said.

"I visited Northern Farm four or five times to inspect foals and I have found this colt has everything. He is very well-balanced, has a nice head, and I feel an aura around him.

"JRHA is an international market and the buyers from foreign countries are active. I don't want to let such treasure to flow out of Japan.

"I have prepared to pay this kind of money to buy him, after seeing the market, which is very strong."

Earlier in the sensation the highly anticipated sister to dual Horse Of The Year, Gentledonna, and Group III winner and multiple Group I placed Donau Blue was purchased by Co. Ltd for 370,000,000 yen ($A4.3 million).

Also consigned by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, the top priced filly is out of the Group I Cheveley Park Stakes winner Donna Blini (Bertolini). (watch her parade here)

The 2013 Horse Of The Year, Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) recently sired his first winner and he had a colt out of the Group I AJC Australian Derby and Group I VRC Australian Guineas winner Shamrocker (O'Reilly) sell to Hajime Satomi for 180,000,000 yen ($A2.1m).

The Group I VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa (Alamosa) was represented by her first foal, a filly by the outstanding stallion Heart's Cry (Sunday Silence), which was another purchase by Riichi Kondo, this time for 62,000,000 yen ($A713,000).

Bloodstock agent Robert Roulston Bloodstock, acting on behalf of Gerry Ryan purchased a colt by Dubai World Cup and Japanese 2000 Guineas hero Victoire Pisa out of the unraced Monsun mare Mystique for 500,000 yen.

Mystique is a half-sister to Group I Doomben Cup winner Mawingo.

In total 190 foals sold for 8,692,500,000yen a 27.6% increase from the previous year.

Average price, 45,750,000yen, is 16.2% higher than 2016 and the clearance rate improved from 74.6% in 2016 to 86.4% in 2017. The gross, average price and clearance rate are new records at the foal session.

Overall, the two days saw 406 lots sold for 17,327,000,000yen, which is a 16.0% increase from 2016. Average price, 42,677,340yen, is 11.4% higher than 2016 and the clearance rate improved from 81.4% in 2016 to 87.9% in 2017.

The sale set a new mark for gross, average price, and clearance rate.

"The market is very strong and I am very happy with the result," Teruya Yoshida, acting chairman of JRHA commented after the sale. "Japanese breeders have spent a lot of money to buy mares with wonderful race records and beautiful pedigrees during the last decade and I think the quality of Japanese-bred horses has improved significantly. And I think this year's catalogue of JRHA Sale is one of the best catalogues in the world.

"I am impressed to see new buyers are active at every price range, from the top to the bottom.

"I understand we must keep working hard to improve the quality of horses we breed, but I would like to enjoy the moments today after having such a good sale."


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