Bren O’Brien



Maurice colt out of Group One winner Mosheen secures 450 million yen

A Maurice colt out of multiple Australian Group One winner Mosheen has lit up the first day of the JRHA Select Sale in Hokkaido, selling for 450 million yen (AU$4.8 million) on Monday.

A colt by rising star stallion Maurice out of four-time Australian Group One winner Mosheen broke new ground when selling for 450 million yen (AU$4.8 million) on the first day of the JRHA Select Sale in Hokkaido on Monday.

The yearling colt, catalogued as Lot 76, was being offered by Northern Farm and was expected to create an impression.

It was Danox Co Ltd who won the day in a spirited bidding battle, which began with an initial bid of 200 million yen and concluded with a record price for a yearling out of an Australian-bred mare in Japan.

Danox, which races the ‘Danon’ horses in Japan, showed its liking for the progeny of Australian mares last year, paying 370 million yen for a colt foal by Lord Kanaloa out of Australian-bred Group One winner Yankee Rose, and 165 million yen for a yearling colt by Heart’s Cry out of Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.

The colt sports the distinctive white socks of his sire as well as a few other strong similarities to Maurice, who has made a strong impression in both Japan and in Australia, where he shuttles to Arrowfield Stud.

In Japan Maurice has produced five stakes winners, highlighted by the G1 Nakayama Sprinters’ Stakes-winner Pixie Knight, while his Australian crops have produced the G1 Victoria and Australian Derby winner Hitotsu as well as G1 Doomben 10,000 winner Mazu.

The 450 million yen price-tag easily surpasses the previous highest price for the progeny of Maurice at this Select Sale, which stood at 130 million yen.

Mosheen, a daughter of Fastnet Rock who raced in the colours of the late Phil Sly, won four Group Ones in Australia before being sold to Northern Farm in 2012.


Mosheen in her pomp during her racing days, winning the Australian Guineas in 2012. (Photo by Matthew Mallett/Getty Images)

She has continued her success as a broodmare producing three winners, the best of which is G2 Tokyo Shimbun Hai winner Primo Scene, a daughter of Deep Impact.

Mosheen’s foal colt by Epiphaneia sells on Tuesday and is catalogued as Lot 367.

Meanwhile, Mosheen’s granddaughter is headed to Australia to join the stables of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr after they paid 60 million yen, the equivalent of AU$640,000, for Lot 134, an Epiphaneia filly out of Mosheen’s daughter by Lord Kanaloa, Paronella.

Michael Kent Jnr was on hand to sign for the filly, who was another consigned by Northern Farm and is the first foal from Paronella, who raced eight times and was placed on five occasions.

The other yearling with a strong Australian connection to sell on the opening day was Lot 52, a Lord Kanaloa out of another Fastnet Rock mare, Lumosty, who was a Group Two winner and Group One placed, also in Sly’s colours.

That bay filly, offered by Northern Farm, was sold to Kumaki Hiroshi for 35 million yen.



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