Autumn Sale Ends Season On High Note

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Sales-topping lot 354 | hba.or.jp

By Kate Hunter

The boards have been lighting up in sales rings all around the world this year and Japan was not left out of the global buying fervor, with all four of Japan’s summer auctions setting new records. That record setting-trend extended into the final sale of the Japanese calendar, the Hokkaido Autumn Sale.

Usually a sale that ends up being a buyer’s market, this year’s Autumn Sale was filled with eager buyers looking to finish filling their orders for the 2017 season. The clearance rate of 75.1% was up 3.3% from last year and the gross of ¥1,754,784,000 (US$15,584,227) was up 6.3%. Each day saw the parking lot, including the annex parking lot, filled to the brim with cars and food vendors selling out of lunch early in the afternoon.

Sires that made an impact at this sale included first-season sire Belshazzar (Jpn), who sold 20 lots averaging ¥2,700,000 (US$23,979) and grossing ¥54,000,000 (US$479,574). Popular dirt sire South Vigorous had nine lots sell, averaging ¥5,700,000 (US$50,622) and grossing ¥51,300,000 (US$455,595). Pyro, another popular dirt sire, had eight lots average ¥5,697,000 (US$50,595) and gross ¥45,576,000 (US$404,760).

The sale topper was lot 354, a bay colt by Henny Hughes purchased by Fumio Takahashi for ¥21,600,000 (US$191,829). Overall 12 horses went over the ¥10,000,000 mark over the three days. Two of them were by Henny Hughes and three others were by Lord Kanaloa (Jpn), who made sparks fly at many of the sales this summer as his first crop continue to perform well on the track. The three of his progeny to sell this week averaged ¥14,580,000, the highest of the sale, and grossed ¥43,740,000 (US$388,455).

All sorts of buyers turned out for the sale, everyone from Shadai and Northern Farm, who also sold a few; globetrotting buyer Kenji Ryotokuji; high roller turned owner-breeder Takuya Shimakawa; North Hills; and Lord Kanaloa’s owners KI Farm, and many more. For the full results, click here.

Next year’s yearling sales will see the first-crop yearlings by the likes of Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia (Jpn) (Symboli Kris S.), Japan Derby winner Kizuna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and six-time Group 1 winner Gold Ship (Jpn) (Stay Gold {Jpn}).

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