lot 65 Rock Of Gibraltar out of My Katies
lot 65 Rock Of Gibraltar out of My Katies

Lot 65 by Rock Of Gibraltar out of My Katies (Sunday Silence)

(Photo : M MacDonald)

Japan Racing Horse Association July Select Sale

Day 1 Yearling Session

One word echoed over and over again around the Northern Horse Park pavilion, following Monday’s opening session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale. “Amazing” was the near universal assessment of breeders and consignors who had feared what might happen during the yearling session of Japan’s benchmark sale of young horses, in the wake of the nation’s worst recession since World War II.

The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that when the gavel went down and the last yearling, was led out of the ring, 122 horses had been sold from 156 offered, and the gross of ¥2,699,400,000 exceeded by 15 percent last year’s total of ¥2,347,600,000 for 105 yearlings sold. The average was down only about one percent to ¥22,126,230 ($232,907), and the clearance rate of 78.2 percent improved dramatically from last year’s 69.5 percent.“These are amazing results,” declared JRHA Vice Chairman Teruya Yoshida, owner of Shadai Farm in his traditional post-session analysis with the Japanese media. “I am very surprised - it’s far better than I thought it would be. Generally speaking, before the sale began, all the consignors were very pessimistic, but after only a few lots had gone through the ring, I started to smile and now I’m laughing,” he added. “This is a very healthy market; good horses sold for good money.”

Three colts crossed the magic threshold of ¥100 million (or more than US$1million) with a son of Rock of Gibraltar, out of the superlative Sunday Silence broodmare My Katies (Jpn), being sold for ¥145 million (US$1,526,315) to Big Red Farm owner Shigeyuki Okada.

The colt (Lot 65) is half brother to Japanese Horse of the Year, Admire Moon, who won the G1 Dubai Duty Free and the G1 Japan Cup, consigned by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, which sold all three top yearlings.