Waterhouse Buys At JRHA Select Foal Sale

Gai Waterhoiuse featured among the buyers at JRHA Select Foal Sale dominated by the progeny of champion sire Deep Impact

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Big spending buyer Riichi Kondo secured the top lot, consigned by Northern Farm, picking up a son of the Tiznow mare Titan Queen for 470 million yen ($A6,234,000) to go with the yearling colt by the same sire he purchased for 360 million yen on the first day.

Titan Queen was placed in America and is the dam of Japanese G3 winner Strong Titan (Regal Ransom), US G2 winner Renee's Titan (Bernstein)  and US G3 winner Fashion Alert (Old Fashioned)

Her Deep Impact colt is the fourth highest priced foal sold at the JRHA Select Sale.

"My trainer, Yasuo Tomomichi, is very keen for me to buy him, which was quite unusual," Kondo said of the sales topper. "I paid ¥580,000,000 for a Deep Impact colt here two year ago, which was more expensive than today's one, though I think today's colt is a better one at this point of the Select Sale."

Tomonichi added: "He has everything. Beautiful conformation and he's a very good mover. And I like his head particularly, which gives me a special feeling."

Another Deep Impact from the Venenciador (King Kamehameha), a half-sister to To The Victory, Silent Deal and Be Positive and dam of G1 performer Denim And Ruby, went to Danox Co Ltd for ¥290,000,000 ($3,846,560).

A colt by Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) made the third highest figure of the day when Yoshihisa Ozasa went to ¥270,000,000 ($3,581,280) for the grey son of four-time winner Admire Temba (Kurofune).

Ozasa, the chairman of Link and Motivation Inc, a consulting company for business organisations, said: "My bloodstock adviser recommends this colt strongly. I am here this year to find a nice colt by Lord Kanaloa, which has more speed than his sire, King Kamehama."

The first foal of dual Australian G1 winner Yankee Rose (All American) by Deep Impact sold for 210 million yen and was the seventh most expensive lot through the ring.

Gai Waterhouse swooped for a colt by Rulership (King Kamehameha).

Record figures were set throughout at the foal session with 194 lots sold for an aggregate of ¥9,784,000,000 ($129,774,976), an increase of 18.5 per cent on 2018.

The average price of ¥50,432,990 ($668,943) was 25.2 per cent higher and the clearance rate was 88.7 per cent.

Nine of the top 10 lots were sold by Northern Farm.

"The market was very strong and it was a really good sale, especially for Northern Farm, which is run by my brother," Teruya Yoshida, the active chairman of the JRHA, commented.


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