Offspring of two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact sold for six of the top 10 highest prices at the yearling session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale July 14.
Qatari Sheikh Fahad Al Thani acquired the day's highest-priced horse when he spent ¥260,000,000 ($2,549,020 in United States funds) for a colt out of English group I winner Listen. The sale-toppiing colt, offered by Northern Farm, far exceeded his ¥100,000,000 ($984,467) reserve when snapped up by agent David Redvers, bidding on behalf of Sheikh Fahad.
Winner of the 2007 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile (Eng-I) for Coolmore and partners, Listen is a full sister to group I winner Sequoyah
, who is the dam of English and Irish classic winner Henrythenavigator
and French and Irish classic-placed Queen Cleopatra
, both by Kingmambo. From two starters, Listen is the dam of Ascolti, a winner in Japan.
Overall, 215 of 255 horses offered sold for an aggregate ¥6,028,000,000 ($59,098,040). The average price was ¥28,037,209 ($274,875), and the median was ¥20,000,000 ($196,079). The clearance rate was 84.3%.
Twelve of 13 horses by Deep Impact, a son of Sunday Silence, sold for ¥1,282,500,000 ($12,625,859).
The day's second-highest price was ¥200,000,000 ($1,960,785) for Northern Farm's Deep Impact colt out of 2002 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) winner Magic Storm, a daughter of Storm Cat who was grade I-placed. Hajime Satomi was the buyer.
Four other yearlings broke the seven-figure mark in U.S. dollars: a colt by Deep Impact—Loves Only Me
, by Storm Cat, bought by Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd. for ¥180,000,000 ($1,764,706); a filly by Deep Impact—Lilacs and Lace
, by Flower Alley
, purchased by Bando Bokujo for ¥145,000,000 ($1,421,569); a colt by Victoria Pisa—Star Isle
, by Rock of Gibraltar
, bought by Danox Co. Ltd. for ¥135,000,000 ($1,323,530); and a colt by Deep Impact—Cozi Rosie
, by Pleasantly Perfect
, bought by Scuderia for ¥105,000,000 ($1,029,412).
The JRHA select sale continues July 15 with a foal session that includes a filly from the first crop of undefeated European champion Frankel
; five colts from the first crop of U.S. dual classic winner I'll Have Another
; a colt by Irish-based Sea The Stars
; and the first foal at auction by Gainesway stallion Tapizar
as well as offspring of several other U.S. sires.