Bren O’Brien



Foals out of Amphitrite, Mosheen set to make splash at JRHA Sale

The progeny of Group One winners Mosheen and Amphitrite are set to go through the ring from Monday in the JRHA 2022 Select Sale in Hokkaido.

Colts and fillies out of elite Australian mares have proven extraordinarily popular through the Japan Racing Horse Association Sale in recent years. Among the 243 yearlings and 241 foals catalogued for this year’s Sale, which starts on Monday and concludes on Tuesday, are three sons and three daughters of mares that raced with distinction in Australia.

The second foal from G1 Thousand Guineas winner Amphitrite, a foal filly by Satono Diamond, is catalogued as Lot 376 of the Sale and will sell on Tuesday, along with a colt by Epiphaneia out of four-time Group One winner Mosheen, Lot 367.

Other foals with strong connections to Australia are Lot 360, a colt by Kizuna out of another G1 VRC Oaks winner, Kirramosa, and Lot 517, a filly by multiple Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow out of Australian-bred Nicamorae, who is the half-sister to Group One-winning pair Nicconi and Niconero.

The yearling section features another colt out of Mosheen, Lot 76, who is by Arrowfield shuttler Maurice, as well as a Lord Kanaloa filly out of Group Two-winning Fastnet Rock mare Lumosty, catalogued as Lot 56.

Of the six lots mentioned above, five are offered by Northern Farm, which has built strong relationships in Australia and has purchased several elite mares, either privately or through public auction, in Australia in recent times.


Amphitrite with her Satono Diamond foal (Photo: Northern Horse Park Facebook)

Amphitrite was purchased privately in 2019 after the conclusion of her racing career, which saw her win five races, including the 2018 Thousand Guineas, and $750,000 in prizemoney.

She produced a colt by Daiwa Major with her first foal last year, but that colt did not go through public auction. Her second foal, the bay filly by G1 Kikuka Sho and Arima Kinen winner Satono Diamond, was foaled in March and has been sent straight to the sales.

Her progress will be keenly followed by Amphitrite’s former owners back in Australia. The daughter of Sebring was initially a $50,000 purchase for Flying Start Syndications and they have kept a close eye on her progress as a broodmare in Japan.

“There’s a Facebook group set up by one of the owners which has provided updates on Amphitrite since she went to Japan,” Flying Start Syndications’ Cameron Bennett said.

“It’s been pretty cool to see pics of her foals and it will be interesting to see what her filly might fetch in Japan next week.

“It’s exciting to think about the filly that we had here back in Australia getting her chance in the breeding barn with those top stallions in Japan.”

Mosheen, who was raced by the late Phil Sly, has already made a significant mark in Japan, producing three winners, including G2 Tokyo Shimbun Hai winner Primo Scene, a daughter of Deep Impact. Her three-year-old filly by Lord Kanaloa, Carpentaria, recently broke her maiden at Tokyo over 1600 metres.

Mosheen’s yearling colt by Maurice is sure to be keenly sought, with the sire making a major impression in both Japan and Australia. His yearlings averaged 42 million yen (AU$460,000) at this Sale last year.

Mosheen’s daughter by Epiphaneia will also attract plenty of interest. Foals out of the Japan Cup winner averaged 56 million yen (AU$613,000) at this Sale in 2021.

Last year a Lord Kanaloa colt foal out of dual Australian Group One winner Yankee Rose sold for an extraordinary 370 million yen (AU$4.5 million), while a Heart’s Cry yearling colt out of G1 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign sold for 165 million yen (AU$2 million). Both were purchased by Danox Pty Ltd.

The banner graduate of the JRHA Select Sale in recent times from a Japanese point of view has been Titleholder, the winner of the recent G1 Takarazuka Kinen, as well as G1 Tenno Sho Spring, who is headed toward the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The son of Duramente was purchased as a foal for 20 million yen (AU$220,000) at the 2018 Select Sale.



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