International investment continues to reward Teruya Yoshida | blood news

Edward Whittaker

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Damian Lane celebrates after landing in the UAE Derby at Japan Crown Pride

Damian Lane celebrates after landing in the UAE Derby at Japan Crown Pride

Edward Whittaker

By Tom Peacock

Very few are better qualified to judge the remarkable surge of Japanese runners onto the international stage than Teruya Yoshida, the man in the winners’ box with two of the first stars on Dubai World Cup night and a major part of the celebrations. of the five troops from his country. -Timer.

Yoshida and his brothers Katsumi and Haruya have had such a profound effect on their nation’s breeding industry that it’s hard to summarize, but a lot goes back to their father Zenya’s decision to buy Sunday Silence, which transformed the landscape of his day. . at the Shaddai stud station.

There had first been a trip down memory lane for Yoshida in Shadai’s yellow and black silks at the Dubai Gold Cup when Stay Foolish bravely stuck his neck out in front of Manobo.

Not long after, there was a winner in Yoshida’s red-sleeved variety with Crown Pride, who was heralded as a possible Kentucky Derby prospect by landing the UAE Derby under Damian Lane.

“Before, Japanese horses were not good enough to compete with foreign horses, but we invested large amounts to buy broodmares and stallions,” Yoshida said. “Since Sunday Silence – this horse [Crown Pride] traces on your line – things have changed. Coaching skills have also improved in the last five or ten years, that’s why this has happened.”

With the meeting after the Saudi Cup results equally productive for the Japanese riders, Yoshida was asked how proud he was of his country’s international performance.

“It’s more than we expected anyway,” he said. “But it is happening.”

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Stay Foolish and Christophe Lemaire (right) maintained their upward curve at the Dubai Gold Cup

Stay Foolish and Christophe Lemaire (right) maintained their upward curve at the Dubai Gold Cup

Edward Whittaker

The lightweight racing Crown Pride is the standout performer to have emerged from Reach The Crown, a Grade 2 winning grandson of the mighty Sunday Silence who was at Shadai before moving to Arrow Stud.

Seven-year-old Stay Foolish’s career is eerily reminiscent of his father, the late Stay Gold, who was a fairly late developer for the Yoshidas and landed the Sheema Classic in 2001 at the same age.

It concluded a few months later with a Group 1 score at the Hong Kong Vase. Stay Gold died aged 21 in 2015, just a few weeks before Stay Foolish was born, as the father of international activists like Gold Ship, Win Bright and the enigmatic Orfevre.

His son was only fifth in the last Vase but has thrived thanks to a step up on the journey when he dominated Red Sea Turf in Saudi Arabia and this was another personal best at Group 2 level before what could yet be a even more prestigious goal.

The Stay Foolish Dam, the King Kamehameha-begotten Kauai Lane, was a mile-plus stakes winner in Japan bred by Watership Down of the Lloyd Webber family. His dam, the third 1988 Irish Oaks Silver Lane, was approached with Harry Sweeney’s Paca Paca Farm, who sold Kauai Lane to the Yoshidas for Y35,000,000 (about £217,000) at the JRHA foal sale in 2006.

Tetsuya Yoshida, Teruya’s son and vice president of the farm, said after the race: “The horse had produced more [early] results in a mile or so, so we’re somewhat surprised that it’s flourishing over a longer distance, but it’s not too surprising when you start looking at the bloodlines.”

Trainer Yoshito Yahagi had suggested earlier this week that the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot would be a possible target for Stay Foolish, though he added that he would have to check with the owners. Yoshida jnr was also noncommittal, replying, “I’ll talk to the coach about what’s next.”

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Yoshito Yahagi trained three winners at Meydan on Saturday, including Panthalassa, who warmed up at the Dubai Turf

Yoshito Yahagi trained three winners at Meydan on Saturday, including Panthalassa, who warmed up at the Dubai Turf

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The Yoshidas are also part of Sunday Racing, whose Shahryar appears to be one of the last and strongest standard-bearers for Sunday Silence’s biggest heir, the late Deep Impact, as he geared up for the world’s biggest prizes after the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Bathrat Leon, who caused quite the upset when he blasted past his rivals from the front on the Godolphin Mile, had kicked off as the scion of a family British fans would remember well.

Kizuna’s son has an ex-Godolphin New Approach mare, Bathrat Amal, who has failed in two British starts, but is a half-sister to Rae Guest’s Cheveley Park winner Serious Attitude, an inspired yearling purchase from Tattersalls of 7,500gns which also finished top in Japan.

Bathrat Amal was bought for just 8,000 gns at the Tattersalls July Sale in 2016, but this foal is the only living foal breeder Mishima Bokujo has produced.

Panthalassa, who tied with Lord North at the Dubai Turf, is out of the Irish Montjeu-bred mare Miss Pemberley who raced in Japan.

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