Listen Loud And Clear At Select Sale

HOKKAIDO, JapanThe regally bred G1 Fillies’ Mile winner Listen (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) produced the sale-topping yearling at the 2014 Select Sale when David Redvers signed at 260-million for the son of Deep Impact (Jpn) that is now named New World Power (Jpn) and is in training in Britain with David Simcock. The 12-year-old mare was again the dam of the JRHA Select Sale’s top-priced yearling on Monday when New World Power’s full-brother fetched 270-million from the partnership of prominent Japanese owner Hajime Satomi and Big Red Farm.

There were two yearlings I really liked today, and the other was scratched, explained Satomi. I thought I might get him for 230-million, but the market is so hot. He is a horse that my trainer, Yasutoshi Ikee, and my advisor, Yasuo Ikee, both really liked.

Deep Impact was the sire of the top four lots to sell on Monday, and seven of the top 10, including three over 200-million. The other sires among the top 10 were Lord Kanaloa (Jpn), who has started out well with his first 2-year-olds this year and his sire King Kamehameha (Jpn) as well as Heart’s Cry (Jpn).

The yearling session was staged off two straight years of records for aggregate and average and thus sale organizers were cautiously optimistic heading into this year’s renewal, but nonetheless new benchmarks for both were achieved on Monday. The aggregate was 8,634,500,000 for 216 sold from 242 catalogued, and the 12% buyback rate was the same as last year. The average was up 6.7% to 39,970,000.

Katsumi Yoshida, whose Northern Farm fields the largest consignment of both yearlings and foals with 154 total, said, This is a better market than I expected. We have had a lot of lookers at Northern Farm, and a number of the buyers registered is much higher than last year, so I expected a strong market. However, last year’s market was very good, so I didn’t expect to surpass last year’s figures. We had 15 horses sell for 100-million or more today and eight of them are by Deep Impact, but seven of them are not by Deep Impact, which shows now that we have a variety of top-class sires. I think this is one reason for the strong market. Another reason is that we have a lot of new owners in the game. I’m very happy to see those new players competing with the existing, proven buyers.

Listen Up

Listen, the winner of the 2007 Fillies’ Mile while trained by Aidan O’Brien for the Coolmore partners, hails from a productive European family. She is a half-sister to G1 Moyglare Stud S. second Sequoyah (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), the dam of Classic and four-time Group 1 winner Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo), as well as Group 3 winner Queen Cleopatra. Another half-sister is the dam of Absolutelyfabulous (Ire) (Mozart {Ire}), who herself produced the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and GI Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Listen has already made an impact in Japan. She is the dam of the G2 Rose S. winner Touching Speed (Jpn) (Deep Impact), as well as the stakes-placed Move the World (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and has three winners from five to race. Monday’s sale-topping colt, lot 107, will be trained by Yasutoshi Ikee, one of Japan’s most successful trainers and best known for handling Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Orfevre. Satomi’s advisor is Ikee’s father, Yasuo Ikee, who trained Deep Impact.

Deep Impact is yet to sire a Group 1 winner from a Sadler’s Wells mare, likely due to lack of opportunity, but he will be given plenty of chances with that sireline due to continued support from Coolmore, which this year has three well-bred mares in foal to Deep Impact, all by Sadler’s Wells’s son Galileo (Ire), and all half-sisters to Group 1-winning fillies.

Satomi himself is re-investing after a successful year on the track. The enthusiastic owner had yet to campaign a Group 1 winner at this time last year, but he has more than righted that wrong in the past 12 months. His Satono Diamond (Jpn) (Deep Impact) won last year’s G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) after being nosed out for the win in the G1 Tokyo Yushun earlier in the year, and he added the G1 Arima Kinen in December. Satomi’s Satono Crown (Jpn) (Marju {Ire}) beat Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Hong Kong Vase in December and added the G1 Takarazuka Kinen in June.

Satomi later signed for lot 151, a Deep Impact filly out of Grade I winner Heir Kitty (Wildcat Heir), for 155-million.

Northern Farm’s Deep Impact colt out of Group 1 producer Silverskaya (Silver Hawk) got the session off to a fast start when selling for 260-million ($2.5-million) to Masaaki Matsushimo as lot 13. Silverskaya, winner of the G3 Prix de Royaumont and G3 Prix Minerve for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, produced as her second foal Seville (Ger) (Galileo {Ire}, winner of the G1 Metropolitan in Australia after finishing second in the G1 Racing Post Trophy and G1 Irish Derby. This is the best price achieved by Silverskaya’s progeny; her Deep Impact colt foal, now a 2-year-old, sold for 120-million here as a two years ago. Silverskaya has another colt foal by Deep Impact.

Matsushimo, owner of the Kyoto car dealer Kieffers, said he is close friends with Japan’s legendary jockey Yutaka Take and that he hopes his new purchase will win the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Take in the irons. The horse will be trained by Yasutoshi Ikee, one of the country’s top trainers and best known for handling Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Orfevre, who was famously second twice in the Arc. The underbidder was Hajime Satomi.

Due to the significant spend by the Yoshida family on top-class mares from abroad, the Select Sale catalogue is choc-full of Deep Impact progeny of European stakes winners, and another fitting that description to feature on Monday was Northern Farm’s Deep Impact colt out of Irish Classic winner and American Grade I winner Samitar (GB) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) (lot 53), who was bought by software company manager Masahiro Noda’s Danox Co. Ltd for 250-million. Winner of the 2012 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas for Martin Schwartz and trainer Mick Channon, Samitar was later that year transferred to Chad Brown in New York, where she took the GI Garden City S. Samitar, who was acquired privately by Katsumi Yoshida, also has a colt foal by Deep Impact.

Later in the session, Deep Impact’s colt out of European champion sprinter Fleeting Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) (lot 183) made 100-million from Mizuki Noda.

Toast To Champagne

Champagne d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) has produced feature yearlings at this sale the last two years, and on Monday the GI Acorn S. and GI Test S. winner made it a third straight when her Deep Impact colt (lot 98) was hammered down for 195-million to INZEL Co. Ltd for an undisclosed Japanese client.

Champagne d’Oro, herself a big sale horse when selling to Shadai Farm for $2.7-million at Fasig November in 2013, is the dam of a Tapit colt named Foggy Night (Jpn) who sold for 230-million here in 2015, and is now a winner, and a Deep Impact colt who fetched 235-million.

One is the best-bred fillies in the catalogue, Northern Farm’s full-sister to G1 Dubai Turf winner Real Steel (Jpn) (lot 78), drew plenty of attention and was eventually hammered down to Keishi Kameyama’s DMM.com Co. Ltd for 160-million. The bay is out of the 11-year-old unraced Storm Cat mare Loves Only Me, who is herself a half-sister to European champion Rumplestiltskin (Ire) (Danehill) and Irish Group 3 winner I Am Beautiful (Ire) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}). Loves Only Me, whose second dam is the great Miesque, was bought by Katsumi Yoshida for $900,000 at Keeneland November in 2009, and in addition to Real Steel has produced the stakes winner Prodigal Son (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and the stakes-placed Langley (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}).

Kanaloa Colt Proves Popular

Japanese Horse of the Year and champion sprinter/miler Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) has gotten off to a fast start with his first 2-year-olds this year, with three winners since juvenile racing began in early June and nine of 10 runners on the board. His Northern Farm-consigned colt out of New Zealand Classic winner King’s Rose (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) (lot 19) was in high demand on Monday, selling for 180-million to Mamoru Suwa, who signed under the moniker Nicks. Suwa, who also campaigns this year’s G1 Tokyo Yushun-second Suave Richard (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}), said this horse was my pick of the dayI didn’t want anything else. I expect him to be a speedy horse.

King’s Rose, who was three times Group 1-placed in Australia for trainer Peter Moody after being expatriated from New Zealand, has gotten off to a fast start as a producer for Northern Farm, her first foal being dual group-placed Satono Arthur (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), who was a 195-million yearling at this sale two years ago bought by Hajime Satomi. King’s Rose was barren in 2015.

Lord Kanaloa’s sire King Kamehameha also got his name among the seven figures lots when lot 75 was purchased by Yoshio Ozasa for 150-million. The chestnut is from the family of Deep Impact, his third dam being that luminary’s dam Wind In Her Hair (Alzao). The colt is closely related to this year’s G1 Tokyo Yushun winner Rey De Oro (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}), who appears under the second dam. King Kamehameha covers limited books at Shadai Stallion Stationabout 130 mares annually compared to the 200-plus served by some of his barnmatesand thus has a smaller representation at the sale with just nine yearlings catalogued.

Heart’s Cry Making Noise

Shadai sire Heart’s Cry (Jpn) has achieved plenty of success in the shadow of his barnmate Deep Impact, and he has developed a reputation for producing horses, like himself, versatile enough to perform internationally, such as Just a Way (Jpn), the G1 Dubai Turf winner and world’s highest-rated horse of 2014; G1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) winner Nuovo Record (Jpn), also a stakes winner in the U.S.; G1 Tokyo Yushun winner and G1 Dubai Sheema Classic third One and Only (Jpn); and G1 Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti (Jpn). The 16-year-old was represented by a trio of millionaires on Monday: lot 118, a colt out of Palace Rumour (Royal Anthem) bought by Danox Co. Ltd for 135-million; lot 61, a half-brother to the stakes winner and Classic-placed Biche (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) purchased by Yoshio Ozasa also for 135-million; and lot 148, a colt bought by Masaru Shimada for 110-million.

Sheikh Fahad Secures Pair of Fillies

Sheikh Fahad has returned to this year’s Select Sale after a two-year hiatus, and while he waited until late in the session to get involved, he did not leave empty-handed on Monday, signing for lot 231, a filly by Harbinger (GB), for 56-million, and lot 240, a filly by Deep Impact’s full-brother Black Tide (Jpn), with agent David Redvers.

The 2010 G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. winner Harbinger, who was champion first-season sire in 2014, has gotten off to a promising start at stud with six stakes winners from four crops to race, including the Group 2 winner Mozu Katchan (Jpn), who was second in the G1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks). The filly’s dam, Luna Regalo (Jpn) (Admire Moon {Jpn}), is a half-sister to Orewa Matteruze (Jpn) (Sunday Silence), winner of the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, a local Group 1. Black Tide, another former champion first-season sire, is the sire of last year’s Japanese Horse of the Year Kitasan Black (Jpn).

Sheikh Fahad has had some success in Europe this year with Japanese purchases, the most notable being Warring States (Jpn) (Victoire Pisa {Jpn}), winner of the G3 Bavarian Classic, but Redvers said on Monday they are now targeting prospects to race in Japan.

We all know about prizemoney and the value of the stock, so Sheikh Fahad was very keen to come back and buy some horses to leave here with [Trainer] Mitsu [Nakauchida]. Pretty much every horse he has for us has made money, and in fairly spectacular fashion, so it makes sense to get more involved. It took a lot of work and patience to get the permit, but now we’re here, so it’s really exciting.

Sheikh Fahad’s team of four or five horses with Nakauchida includes Great Pearl (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}), a 4-year-old who has won his last five straight including the G3 Heian S. at Kyoto on May 20. Redvers said the focus of the sale would be Tuesday’s foal session.

Sheikh Fahad was also active as a seller on Monday. He sold a Deep Impact colt out of dual British stakes winner Ripples Maid (GB) (Dansili {GB}) (lot 41) for 74-million ($649,123) to Danox Co. Ltd. Ripples Maid is the dam of two winners from two foals to race and her 2-year-old Deep Impact filly, Mikki Charm (Jpn), was a 70-million yearling at this sale last year and is in training. Ripples Maid has a colt foal by Lord Kanaloa. Sheikh Fahad on Tuesday sells lot 366, the lone offering from the first crop of European Horse of the Year Golden Horn (GB) in the sale.

The Niarchos Family offered two on Monday: lot 89, a Heart’s Cry colt out of Forest Rain, a half-sister to GI Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Domedriver (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), was secured by Akio Nozaki for 16-million, and lot 208, Lord Kanaloa colt out of a full-sister to Group 1 winner and producer Nightime (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), made 31-million from Nibutani Farm.

The foal session of the JRHA Select Sale begins at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

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