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Record Breaking Yearling at JRHA Sale
The opening session of the Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) Select Sale saw a new record price set when Lot 114, a colt by Deep Impact (Sunday Silence-Wind in Her Hair, by Alzao) out of Sheave (Minecraft), sold for ¥510,000,000 (A$6,859,740), reports bloodhorse.com. The colt, who is a half-brother to Gr1 Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss), was purchased by Tetsuhide Kunimoto who said that the colt would be trained by Tomokazu Takano, the same trainer who took Kunimoto's mare Shonan Pandora (Deep Impact-Cutie Gold, by French Deputy) to win the 2015 Gr1 Japan Cup. "I am involved in ownership of racehorses for more than 35 years and I am sure this is one of the best yearlings I have ever seen," Kunimoto said of the sales topper. "I visited Northern Farm three times to inspect yearlings and went to the barn of Northern Farm at sales ground this morning, when I was determined to buy him. Price is no object with regard to this colt and I hope his quality is as high as his price." Thirteen of Deep Impact's final crop had been catalogued with 12 changing hands for an average of ¥208,000,000 (A$2,797,698), and the previous high price had been set earlier in the day when Lot 56 sold for ¥400,000,000. Both colts broke last year's record price of ¥360,000,000. In all, 229 lots were sold for an aggregate of ¥10,428,000,000 (US$97,516,700), a 3% decline on 2019, while the average of ¥45,537,118 (US$425,837) was down 6%. The clearance rate of 92% was also just 1% down on last year.