years' sales with figures over ¥300-million.Though Sekiguchi said he had no plans as of yet for the colt, he did indicate he would run the horse outside of Japan as well as in the country, if possible. ''If we have the chance, yes, I'd like to go abroad. I'm real cheeky that way. I'll go anywhere,'' Sekiguchi said, as he basked in the sunshine and attention of camera crews and reporters.Sekiguchi agreed the colt bears a striking resemblance to his sire. Consignor Teruya Yoshida, whose face was alit with delight as the bidding went ever higher, said, ''He has what looks like the suppleness and movement to match and I'm sure that's what Sekiguchi and Okada both saw.'' Yoshida admitted, as did Sekiguchi, that they had expected the bidding to stop well beneath the ¥300-million mark.Other top sales of the day were a Sunday Silence colt out of Elizabeth Rose, by Northern Taste, also bred by Shadai Farm, and purchased for ¥128-million by Broodmare Inc. The third most-expensive foal was yet another Sunday Silence colt, out of Hishi Vital, by Tony Bin, bred by Yano Bokkujo and sold for ¥100-million yen to Keishiro Kanamori. Kanamori will run the horse under the name of his recently acquired Gold Horse Club, formerly Clover Club Racing Club. The colt will be trained by Japan's perennial leading trainer Kazuo Fujisawa.Of the 10 Sunday Silence colts offered for sale July 7, three did not meet reserve (one at ¥140-million, another at ¥147-million). Excluding the ¥333-million colt, the remaining six sold for an average of ¥90-million each. The three fillies offered sold for an average ¥55.3-million each.
''The quality of horses this year was very good,'' Yoshida said. ''We had a lot of consignors applying and it was difficult to be selected.'' Yoshida said he was also relieved to see that the offspring of sires other than Sunday Silence were selling as well. ''I was actually a bit worried that we couldn't even have a sale next year without Sunday Silence but today, with a lot of horses going for ¥50-60 million, I was quite relieved,'' Yoshida said.Yoshida also expressed his satisfaction at seeing the increasing number of breeders bringing their stock to the sale. ''I've been urging them to bring them and they did. They've sold well and they're very happy. And I can say, truthfully, I'm very happy to see that it's not just my horses selling.''Another trend Yoshida noticed in this year's sale was the presence of more prospective owners, who did their own bidding. ''I think the times have changed. Before, owners just asked the trainers to buy them a horse but now the owners are coming and bidding too. They can set their own limits and surpass them if they like. I think this is a very important development.''The clearance rate for the sale's first day was 73.2 percent. ''This is not the disaster it may seem in another country,'' explained French bloodstock agent Patrick Barbe. ''This is a very good rate when you consider the high reserves and Japan's huge purses. There are many breeders here who are content to race their stock themselves.''The Select Sale continues Tuesday with another 143 foals on offer, including an additional eight Sunday Silence colts and three Sunday Silence fillies.