King’s Rose colt tops Japanese Sale

King’s Rose’s sale-topping colt by Deep Impact ex Japan Horse Racing Association King’s Rose action shot. Source: Trish Dunell.

A Deep Impact colt out of the 2011 champion New Zealand three-year-old filly King’s Rose topped the yearling session of the JRHA Select Sale in Hokkaido, Japan, on Monday.

Consigned by Northern Farm, the brother to Group 3 Epson Cup (1800m) winner and multiple Group placed Satono Arthur was purchased by Masahiro Noda’s Danox Ltd. for ¥250 million (NZ$3.37m).

“He is a very nice individual,” Noda said. “I thought he would be less than US $2 million, but today’s market is very strong, and I was determined to go for more.”

King’s Rose won six races in New Zealand, including the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) for Jason Bridgman, before transferring to Peter Moody in Melbourne.

Bred and raced by Hong Kong-based Dr Gene Tsoi, King’s Rose is a daughter of Redoute’s Choice. She twice won at Group 2 level for Moody and placed at Group 1 level on a further four occasions, including narrow runner-up finishes in both the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).

King’s Rose has had three foals to date, with four-year-old entire Satono Arthur her oldest, while she has also left a two-year-old by Lord Kanaloa.

The Lord Kanaloa colt was the highest priced yearling not sired by Deep Impact at last year’s sale when sold to NICKS Co. for ¥180 million (NZ$2.43m).

In total, 233 yearlings went through the sales ring and 211 of them were bought for ¥9,674,500,000, (NZ$130,560,054), twelve per cent more than 12 months ago.

The average price, ¥45,850,711 (NZ$618,812) is a 14.7 per cent increase compared with 2017 and the clearance rate improved from 89.3 per cent in 2017 to 90.6 per cent in 2018. The gross sale, average price, and clearance rate are new records at the yearling session of JRHA Sale.

“The gross sale and the clearance rate are both far beyond my expectation”, said Katsumi Yoshida, of Northern Farm, the leading consignor during Monday’s session.

“Nice individuals sold very well, and I am very happy to see, not only Deep Impact but also other sires are very popular. It is an amazing market.”