Just as he did at Monday's yearling session of the JRHA Select Sale, Shadai Farm's phenomenon Deep Impact dominated proceedings as the Select Foals session got underway at Northern Horse Park on Tuesday.
Northern Farm's Deep Impact colt out of the Frizette Stakes (G1) winner Sky Diva (pictured left) equalled the price of yesterday's top yearling when Hajime Satomi called out the winning bid of 250m yen ($US3,086,420).
A Kentucky bred daughter of Sky Mesa, Sky Diva is a half-sister to stakes winner and multiple Group 1 placed Quick Little Miss (Freud) out of a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Pure Clan.
"He is very well balanced and I am dreaming of Derby with him now. I thought someone else might pay 300 million yen for him," said Satomi who is the CEO of the Sega Samy group.
Australian Paul Fudge was shopping at the top end and he needed to go to the second highest price of the session 145,000 yen ($US 1,790,124) for Paca Paca farm's full sister to this year's Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante. The daughter of Deep Impact is out of the French Group 3 winner Love and Bubbles (Loup Sauvage). (pictured below)
"I expect her to be corner-stone for my operation", Fudge said.
"She is the best horse in the catalogue for me, regardless colts or filly."
"She is full sister to Deep Brillante, the Japanese Derby winner, and she has perfect conformation. She was a bit more expensive than I thought, but I did not hesitate to keep bidding, as I understand she is very valuable as a future broodmare. I have not decided yet where she is going to run. I may ship her to Europe or may keep her in Japan."
The gross for the foal session was 4,843,700,000yen an 8.9% increase of the last year, and the average price of 30,656,329yen is 11.0% higher than the last year. The clearance rate, 74.9%, bettered the figure of last year when it was 73.2%.
The gross at the two days session of 2012 JRHA Select Sale was 10,296,300,000yen, 12.2% higher than 2011, and it is the first time since 2007 that the gross sale broke the 10 billion yen barrier. The average price through two days, 28,600,833yen an 11.6% increase, and the clearance rate through two days was79.5%, slightly better than last year.
At the conclusion of the day, Teruya Yoshida, vice chairman of JRHA, commented, "This is obviously better market than everybody expected. As a lot of new players joined the market, the buyers had depth, and it created consistent market. The horse sale could have up and down during one day, but the market today and yesterday was solid throughout."
There was a talk prior to this year's sale that JRHA would sell more yearling and less foals in near future; however, Teruya Yoshida denied it. "After seeing such active foal market, we cannot find any reason to have smaller foal catalogue next year."