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JRHA Select Sale: $2.1M For King's Rose Colt
The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) broke new ground on the opening day of its two-day July Select Sale at Northern Horse Park at Hokkaido on Monday, setting new records for turnover and average. The gross of ¥7,104,500,000 was 17.9 per cent higher than 2014 and the average price of ¥33,830,952 was 20.7 per cent higher than last year. The clearance rate of 88.2 per cent was also the highest in the history of the sale. The day's top seller was a colt by champion Japanese sire Deep Impact that sold for ¥235,000,000 (A$2.56m) to Hajime Satomi. The colt is out of the Rossini mare Jioconda and is a half-brother to Satomi's Japanese Gr2 winner and Gr1 Japanese Derby placegetter Satono Crown and Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightning Pearl (both by Marju). Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse, who was buying in Japan for the first time, joined forces with fellow trainer Paul Moroney to secure a colt by Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Bago colt for ¥10 million (A$110,000). "We are so impressed with the way things are run here in Japan," Waterhouse said. "We saw this colt and he just filled the eye." Among the other highlights from an Australasian perspective was the sale of the first foal by Gr1-winning New Zealand mare King's Rose (Redoute's Choice). A colt by Deep Impact out of the NZ 1000 Guineas winner sold for ¥195 million (A$2.1 million) to Hajime Satomi, who also took home the day's highest priced lot. Northern Farm's Katsumi Yoshida, the leading consignor, commented: "This is an amazing market. The most impressive is the clearance rate, and I am so happy to have so many buyers at this market. I thought the quality of the consignments from my farm was the best ever and I had high expectation. But this result is far better than my expectation".