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King's Rose Colt Tops Japanese Sale
A colt by Deep Impact out of 2011 Champion New Zealand 3YO Filly King's Rose topped the yearling session of the JRHA Select Sale in Hokkaido, Japan on Monday, reports NZ Racing Desk. Consigned by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, the full brother to Gr3 Epsom Cup (1800m) winner Satono Arthur was purchased by Masahiro Noda's Danox Ltd for ¥250 million (A$3.01 million). "He is a very nice individual," said Noda. "I thought he would be less than U.S. $2 million, but today's market is very strong, and I was determined to go for more." Bred and raced by Hong Kong-based Dr Gene Tsoi, King's Rose (Redoute's Choice - Nureyev's Girl, by Nureyev) won six races in New Zealand, including the Gr1 New Zealand 1,000 Guineas (1600m) for Jason Bridgman, before transferring to Peter Moody in Melbourne. She twice won at Gr2 level for Moody and placed at Gr1 level on a further four occasions, including narrow runner up finishes in both the Toorak Handicap and Emirates Stakes (1600m). In total, 211 of the 233 yearlings offered were sold for ¥9,674,500,000 (A$116.5 million) - up 12% on last year.