Records Smashed At Japan Yearling Sale

A Duramente yearling colt out of Australian Group 2 winner Lumosty made over $A1.5 million on the first day of the Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale.

Lumosty
Lumosty Picture: Racing and Sports

Lumosty raced in the colours of the late Phil Sly in Australia and won three stakes races, including the G2 Moonee Valley Classic and the G2 Caulfield Sprint.

Duramente wasJapan's Champion 3YO.Colt. His colt was offered by Northern Farm and was purchased by Scuderia for 120 million yen.

The top lot of Day 1 was a Deep Impact colt out of Musical Way (Gold Away). He is a full-brother to G1 Japanese Oaks winner Mikki Queen and sold for 360 million yen ($A4.8 million)

Offered by Northern Farm and purchased by Riichi Kondo, his price is a new record price for a yearling colt at the JRHA Select Sale.

"My trainer, Yasuo Tomomichi, said I would really like to have this colt in my stable and it is my duty to buy him. The price is within my estimation," Kondo said after the sale.

The colt's dam Musical Way was a winner of the G2 Prix Dollar in France and placed third in the G1 Hong Kong Cup as well as the G1 Pemio Lydia Tesio twice.

She was bought by Katsumi Yoshida for 300,000gns at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in 2008.

New records for average and turnover were also set with 222 yearlings sold for ¥10,732,000,000 in total, which was 11.1 per cent more than 12 months ago.

The average of ¥48,342,342 was up 5.1 per cent with a clearance rate of 92.9 per cent.

Northern Farm was responsible for the top three lots with the Deep Impact colt followed by ¥290,000,000 ($3,822,200) for a son of King Kamehameha bought by Toshihiko Tabata of the Thoroughbred Club Lion Co. and a colt by Frankel out of Margot Did bought by Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co for ¥210,000,000 ($2,767,800).

Another key lot was a Heart's Cry colt out of the War Emblem mare Sinhadipa, bought for ¥270,000,000 ($3,558,600) by Masahiko Sugino, president of the Round One Corporation.

Sugino made a big investment on bloodstock for the first time at the Chiba Thoroughbred Sale in May, picking up three ready-to-run two-year-olds including another sales-topping Deep Impact colt.


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