A total of eight lots made US1 million or more as records fell at the yearling session of the Japan Racing Horse Association's Select Sale on Hokkaido on Monday.
The top lot was Northern Farm's Deep Impact colt out of the 4-time winning End Sweep mare Admire Kirameki. The colt is a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Tosen Homareboshi out of a half-sister to Teno Sho (G1) winner and Japan Cup (G1) runner-up Tosen Jordon.
Consigned by Northern Farm the Deep Impact colt (pictured) was purchased by Takaya Shimakawa for 250m yen (US$3,086,420).
"As I visited Northern Farm on Friday, I fell in love with him", Takaya Shimakawa said.
"In addition, the dam of colt is sister to my Emperor's Cup winner, I thought I should not miss this colt. The price is more than I thought, but I am very happy to get him." It will be decided later who is going to train the colt.
A Deep Impact half-brother to Group 1 winner Red Desire was bought by Nobutaka Tada's Globe Equine Management Co Ltd for 150m yen ($US1,851,852).
"I bought him for partnership including Mr. Hidetoshi Yamamoto," said Nobutaka Tada. "He is son of great sire, and is very good walker. And he is three parts brother to Red Desire, who won G1 in Japan and G2 in Dubai for Tokyo Horse Racing, the racing club owned by Hidetoshi Yamamoto. I knew Mr. Yamamoto would really like to get him." "First of all, we need to talk to the members of Tokyo Horse Racing, asking if they want to own the shares of this colt. If they say this colt is too expensive to own by club members, Mr. Yamamoto will think about forming the partnership with his friends, who are existing JRA owners."
The highly anticipated first yearling to sell by the champion Sea The Stars, a half-brother to 4-time Group 1 winner Mastercraftsman, was knocked down to Kaneko Makoto Holdings for 40m yen (US$493,828).
This week Australians Paul Fudge and Phil Sly won a license to race horses in Japan and Fudge signed for a Heart's Cry half-brother to English Group winners Shot To Fame and Spinola. Consigned by Northern Farm the hammer fell at 21m yen (US$259,260).
Phil Sly outlaid 21m yen ($US259,260) for a filly by King Kamehameha out of the Dance In The Dark mare Arided whose granddam is the English 1000 Guineas heroine Fairy Footsteps.
Sly was back in action a little later when he outlaid 28m yen ($US345,680) for Northern Farm's Stay Gold filly, the first foal of the winning Kurofune mare Cerca.
The gross for the sale, 5,452,600,000yen, is a 15.37% increase over last year and a record for the yearling session of the JRHA Sale. The average price, 26,993,069yen, is 12.52% increase over 2011. The clearance rate of 83.5% is slightly lower than last year, when it was 84.5%.
The final and foal session of 2012 JRHA Select Sale 2012 will start tomorrow at 10:00a.m. at Northern Horse Park.