Arrowfield Connects With Yasuda Kinen Trifecta

Arrowfield Stud is celebrating its connections with the first three horses home in Japan’s premier mile race the G1 Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo on Sunday.

The Yasuda Kinen, first held in 1951 and elevated to international G1 status in 1993, is high on the list of the world’s top rated Group 1 races.

Arrowfield stands two distinguished past winners - Real Impact became the first 3YO to win the race in 2011 and Horse of the Year Maurice won it in 2015.

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INDY CHAMP winning the Yasuda Kinen Race at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

This year’s contest was run before a 74,000-strong crowd keen to see 2018 Horse of the Year Almond Eye, a daughter of the 2013 Yasuda Kinen winner Lord Kanaloa, take on a quality field headed by Danon Premium (Deep Impact), Aerolithe (Kurofune), Indy Champ (Stay Gold) and Stelvio (Lord Kanaloa).

The race lived up to the hype without delivering the widely expected sixth consecutive G1 victory for Almond Eye after she was badly hampered immediately after the start.

Indy Champ got the better of a brave Aerolithe, who set a strong pace in front and deserves credit for the sensational new race record time of 1:30.9, with Almond Eye sprinting her last 600m in 32.4 to miss victory by a neck and a nose. 

The result is a notable triumph for Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Racing which bred all three placegetters and the Yoshida-managed ownership syndicates Sunday Racing (Aerolithe) and Silk Racing (Indy Champ and Almond Eye).

Arrowfield connections begin with Indy Champ’s dam Will Power (King Kamehemeha) as she is a half-sister to Deep Impact’s dual G1-winning son and Arrowfield shuttle sire Real Impact.

His first Arrowfield-conceived 2YOs race next season.

Aerolithe’s dam Asterix (Neo Universe) is a half-sister to the dam of dual G1 winner and fellow Arrowfield sire Mikki Isle whose first Australian yearlings sell next year.

Asterix herself has had four foals in Australia for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Northern Farm.

She has produced a city-winning 3YO filly Achondrite (Lord Kanaloa), stakes-placed 2YO filly Akari (Snitzel), a Redoute’s Choice yearling colt bought by Katsumi Yoshida for $400,000 at the Easter sale in Sydney and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

Arrowfield has sold seven yearlings by Almond Eye’sire Lord Kanaloa over the past three years and is selling a pair of his fillies out of the Japanese mares Dream Tiara (Heart’s Cry) and Orgueil (Deep Impact) at this week’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

The Japanese influence in Arrowfield Stud’s final yearling draft of 2019 does not end there as the Gold Coast sale feature four colts and a filly by Real Impact.

Fifth placed Sungrazer was the closest of Deep Impact’s four runners in the race but the seven-time champion sire is once again in charge of Japan’s General Sires’ Premiership with prizemoney of almost $A50 million – more than twice the earnings of his nearest challenger Stay Gold.

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Indy Champ  Picture: Racing and Sports

Racing and Sports



Tokyo

Sunday, 02nd June 2019

11
15:40
(local)

THE YASUDA KINEN (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
JPY ¥214,860,000
1600m TURF FIRM
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥214,860,000
1600m FIRM

THE YASUDA KINEN (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. INDY CHAMP (JPN) 4yo H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - WILL POWER (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA
H OTONASHI
$19.20
58.0kg
Silk Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd 2. AEROLITHE (JPN) 5yo M
KUROFUNE (USA) - ASTERIX (JPN)
K TOSAKI
K TAKE
$12.50
56.0kg
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
3rd 14. ALMOND EYE (JPN) 4yo F
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$1.70
56.0kg
Silk Racing Co. Ltd.
4th 6. GUANCIALE (JPN) 7yo H
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - CHUO SAYA (JPN)
MASAMI MATSUOKA
Y KITADE
$103.30
58.0kg
5th 4. SUNGRAZER (JPN) 5yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MANTIS HUNT (JPN)
Y IWATA
H ASAMI
$26.90
58.0kg
6th 7. MOZU ASCOT (USA) 5yo H
FRANKEL (GB) - INDIA (USA)
RYUSEI SAKAI
Y YAHAGI
$35.40
58.0kg

Sales Information

7th 1. KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) 4yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - KEIAI GERBERA (JPN)
H MIYUKI
O HIRATA
$64.50
58.0kg
8th 8. STELVIO (JPN) 4yo H
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - L'ARCHETTO (JPN)
DAMIAN LANE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$21.40
58.0kg
9th 16. LOGI CRY (JPN) 6yo H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - DREAM MOMENT (GB)
YUTAKA TAKE
N SUGAI
$70.50
58.0kg
10th 13. PERSIAN KNIGHT (JPN) 5yo H
HARBINGER (GB) - ORIENT CHARM (JPN)
M DEMURO
Y IKEE
$36.20
58.0kg
11th 3. SAKURA EMPEREUR (JPN) 8yo H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - SAKURA MEGA (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA
TAKASHI KANARI
$203.50
58.0kg
12th 12. LORD QUEST (JPN) 6yo H
MATSURIDA GOGH (JPN) - MATSURIDA WALTZ (JPN)
YUKITO ISHIKAWA
S KOJIMA
$278.70
58.0kg
13th 9. SMART ODIN (JPN) 6yo H
DANON CHANTILLY (JPN) - LADY UPSTAGE (IRE)
K IKEZOE
Y IKEE
$73.70
58.0kg
14th 10. FIANO ROMANO (AUS) 4yo H
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - HEART ASHLEY (USA)
YUICHI KITAMURA
TOMOKAZU TAKANO
$39.30
58.0kg

Sales Information

15th 11. ENTSCHEIDEN (JPN) 4yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LE SUCRE (JPN)
HIRONOBU TANABE
Y YAHAGI
$178.90
58.0kg
16th 15. DANON PREMIUM (JPN) 4yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - INDIANA GAL (IRE)
Y KAWADA
MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA
$3.20
58.0kg