Bren O’Brien



American bloodlines to the fore at Hokkaido Sale

A colt with strong American bloodlines topped the first day of the HBA Hokkaido Select Sale in Japan, while a grand-daughter of an Australian Group One performer also went through the ring.

A colt by Sinister Minister out of American Grade One winner Dearest Trickski topped the first day of the HBA Hokkaido Select Sale when selling for 68.2 million yen (AU$720,000) on Tuesday.

Tetsuji Yamamoto was the successful bidder for the colt, who was offered by Hattori Bokujo. His dam, Dearest Trickski, won the 2007 G1 La Brea Stakes and was trained at one time by Australian-born trainer Brian Lynch before being sold to Japan in 2014. All of her eight foals to race have been winners.

Lot 125’s sire, Sinister Minister, was also a Grade One winner in America. He stands at Arrow Stud and is best known as the sire of G1 Chukyo Champions Cup winner and champion dirt horse T O Keynes. He has produced 510 winners in Japan.

A colt by Maurice was the second highest-priced yearling of the opening sessions. Lot 111, offered by Grand Stud, was sold for 66 million yen (AU$695,000) to Koichi Takeshita. That colt is out of Admire Moon mare Gold Chase, who hails from the extended family of influential stallion Gone West.



Lot 125, the 68.2 million yen colt by Sinister Minister out of American Grade One winner Dearest Trickski. (Photo: Hattori Bokujo)

Meanwhile, Lot 75, the grand-daughter of 1994 G1 Australian Oaks runner-up Seto Flowerian, sold for 15.4 million yen (AU$162,000) to Kinya Komatsu.

The filly is by Henny Hughes, Yushun Stallion Station’s Grade One-winning son of Hennessy, who has produced 40 stakes winners globally, 13 of them in Japan, including G1 winners Moanin and Asia Express.

Seto Flowerian, who was trained by Paul Cave and won a G3 Adrian Knox Stakes, proved a very successful broodmare in Japan, with her sons by Sunday Silence, Tiger Cafe and Fusaichi Junk, both stakes winners. She also produced Alma Flora, the two-time winner by Heart’s Cry who is the dam of Lot 75 as well as two other winners.

Overall, 132 yearlings were sold on the first day for an aggregate of 2.79 billion yen (AU$29,3 billion). The average price was 21.1 million yen (AU$222,000).

One of the highlight lots for sale on Wednesday session will be Lot 275, the filly by 2019 Japan Cup winner Suave Richard out of G1 Australian Oaks winner, Absolutely.



    Subscribe now & get exclusive weekly content from Asian Racing Report direct to your inbox

      Expert ratings, tips & analysis for Hong Kong racing