Baker's Dozen of Deep Impact Yearlings in JRHA Select Sale


Buyer Riichi Kondo greets his sale-topping Deep Impact colt from the 2019 JRHA Select Sale | Emma Berry

The 2020 Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) Select Sale catalogue, featuring 13 yearlings from the penultimate crop of the late Deep Impact (Jpn), was released on Monday. Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus, the live-format sale at the Northern Horse Park offers 257 yearlings on July 13th, with 239 weanlings catalogued for the day after. The JRHA is also preparing to take bids over the phone, as well. Print catalogues will be available the first week of June.

Deep Impact's thirteen yearlings-divided between 10 colts and three fillies-include colts out of French GSW & G1SP Camprock (Fr) (Myboycharlie {Ire}); GII Santa Ynez S. heroine Forever Darling (Congrats); Absolute Lady (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the dam of French dual Classic heroine La Cressonniere (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}); Palace Rumor (Royal Anthem), responsible for 2013 GI Belmont S. winner Palace Malice (Curlin); GI American Oaks winner Cambina (Ire) (Hawk Wing); Sheave (Mineshaft), whose first foal is 2016 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss); another American Oaks winner in Decked Out (Street Boss); French highweight, G1 Prix Rothschild and G1 Coronation S. victress Qemah (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire})'s dam Kartica (GB) (Rainbow Quest); GI Alcibiades S. heroine Wickedly Perfect (Congrats), who has already foaled G2 Hopeful S. winner Hartley (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}); and American Grade II winner Seduire (Elusive Quality). His trio of fillies are out of the mares Teddy's Promise (Salt Lake), who won the GI La Brea S. and is the dam of Japanese Group 3 winner My Rhapsody (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}); Japanese GSP Tiz Tremendous (Tiz Wonderful); and GI Beverly D. S. winner Euro Charline (GB) (Myboycharlie {Ire}).

Among the other high-profile yearling lots are: a full-brother to MG1SW and G1 Nassau S. heroine Deirdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}); a colt by Duramente (Jpn) out of Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Proud Spell (Proud Citizen); a Heart's Cry (Jpn) half-brother to U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Champagne Room (Broken Vow); a full-sister to Japanese 1000 Guineas/Oaks victress Daring Tact (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn}); MG1SW & G1 Irish Oaks winner Covert Love (Ire) (Azamour {Ire})'s Heart's Cry (Jpn) half-brother; a Just a Way (Jpn) filly out of G1 German Oaks heroine Enora (Ger) (Noverre); and a Kitten's Joy colt out of GI Santa Margarita S. winner Joyful Victory (Tapit).

The weanlings set to go through the ring are just as mouth-watering, although there are none by Deep Impact set to be offered. Kitasan Black (Jpn) is the sire of a colt out of South American Group 1 winner Malacostumbrada (Arg) (Lizard Island), making him a half-brother to 2019 Japanese Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Resistencia (Jpn) (Daiwa Major {Jpn}).

Heart's Cry appears to be the recipient of a host of the mares set to go to Deep Impact last term, as he has a full-brother to MG1SW and GI Woodward S. hero Yoshida (Jpn); a half-brother to Japanese 2000 Guineas winner Epoca d'Oro (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}); a colt out of the aforementioned Sheave; a filly out of Chilean champion Divina Preciosa (Chi) (Crocker Road); a colt produced by U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Filly She's a Tiger (Tale of the Cat); Argentinean champion juvenile filly Seresta (Arg) (Jump Start)'s 2020 filly foal; and a colt out of MG1SW and G1 Argentina 1000 Guineas victress Giuliet Seattle (Arg) (Seattle Fitz {Arg}) just to name a few.

Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) is also well-represented across both days and fields colts out of Group 1 winners Final Score (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}), Weemissfrankie (Sunriver), Crisp (El Corredor), and Kirramosa (NZ) (Alamosa {NZ}). He also has filly who is a half-sister to Japanese MG1SW Mikki Isle (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}).

Plenty of foreign sires also have lots to sell in Hokkaido including American Pharoah, Caravaggio, Dark Angel (Ire), Frosted, No Nay Never and The Factor.

Last term, the two day sale grossed ¥20.5 billion (£151m/€168m/$188.2m) for 416 sold. The average was ¥49.3m (£363,182/€404,242/$452,665) and the clearance rate was a sparkling 91.4.%. Topping the yearling portion was a son of Deep Impact (Jpn) out of the French MGSW and Italian/Hong Kong G1SP Musical Way (Fr) (Gold Away {Ire}) (lot 51) consigned by Northern Farm. The full-brother to Japanese Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and G1 Japanese Oaks heroine  Mikki Queen (Jpn) brought ¥360,000,000 on the bid of Riichi Kondo. Kondo was also the buyer of record, again from the Northern Farm draft, of the foal topper, too, another Deep Impact colt. This time, lot 358 was out of Titan Queen (Tiznow) and was knocked down for ¥470,000,000. He is a half-brother to three group winners and  G1 NHK Mile Cup third Gilded Mirror (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}).

In Hokkaido, the COVID-19 lockdown will be eased on May 26th, but immigration restrictions still apply including self-isolating for 14 days after arriving in the country. For the current safety protocols, go to These will be updated closer to the sale.


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