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JRHA Select Sale: $1.95M For Weemissfrankie Filly
The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) Select Sale concluded yesterday with its third consecutive record gross as buyers from the US, Australia and Germany jumped into the lively market for Japanese foals, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. "Japan is coming up very well in the horse world now," said JRHA Vice Chairman Teruya Yoshida, owner of Shadai Farm. "There were lots of foreign buyers that came here, so I can now say this sale has become very international. The quality of Japanese horses is very good, and that is why people from other countries are coming." The overall sale gross for the foal session rose by 4.8 per cent to ¥13,173,500,000 (A$143,300), while the average for the two sessions increased by 7.4 per cent to ¥33,440,000 (A$363,793). The day's highest seller was a filly by Deep Impact out of the US Gr1 winner Weemissfrankie (Sunriver) who was knocked down to Masahiro Noda's Danox Co. Ltd. for ¥180 million (A$1.95 million).