Japan will present in Germany after Tokyo Swan Song


Group 1 winner Japan will retire from competition after participating in the Japan Cup in association with Longines (G1) at the start of November 28 and will begin his stud career with Gestut Etzean.

Galileo’s 5-year-old son, who won the Juddmonte International (G1) and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (G1) at 3, has been bought by Etzean and his partners, although Coolmore retains part of it.

“We wanted to find a high caliber stallion to give German breeders access to the best lines, but in order to do that we needed partners. So we teamed up with Gestut Farhof and Mr. and Mrs. Matusche, who are our clients. and keep mares with us. They were very keen to support us and Coolmore remains co-owner, ”explained Ralf Kredel, Etzean stud manager.

The recent death of the farm’s main stallion, Lord of England, whose Deutsches Derby (G1) winning son Isfahan sired this season’s Deutsches Derby winner Sispahan in his first production, provided the impetus behind the search for a new stallion and Etzean’s experiences with the sire of Lord of England Dashing Blade encouraged them to cast a wide net when searching for their new recruit.

“We lost our best sire Lord of England last month and were looking for a horse with an international profile to stand on,” said Kredel. “We imported Dashing Blade, who was a 2 year old Group 1 winner in England and Ireland, and he has become a very successful stallion, and we are delighted that Japan can experience the same success.”

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Bred by Newsells Park Stud from their amazing producer Shastye, Japan won 1.3 million guineas (US $ 1,807,124) in the Tattersalls October Book 1 sale to MV Magnier and won the Beresfords Stakes (G2) at 2 for Aidan O’Brien. This youthful success was an important part of what Kredel and Etzean wanted in their new stallion.

“We think his best distance was 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) and although he can stay he is not a total stayer. It is very important for us to have a stallion who is a group winner of 2, to bring a little class to the start. “

The Sadler’s Wells line flourished thanks to the descendants of his son, the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) In the Wings winner, whose son Adlerflug sired the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner this season . Torquator Mug and In dive , who beat him in the 2020 Deutsches Derby.

Etzean has already successfully bred stallions of this line and Kredel believes Japan has the right credentials to be successful in Germany.

“The Sadler’s Wells line has generally performed very well in Germany. Previously we were both Sholokhov and Jukebox Jury, both of which produced Group 1 winners on the flat,” he added.

“We think Japan will be a good match for German mares as her pedigree includes two of the best German families – Allegretta and Schonbrun – so many breeders will be able to almost duplicate these families using her.

“Japan has a big page and the Galileo-Danehill cross is the source of successful stallions such as Frankel , Teofilo , and now Galiway , which started well in France. “

This pedigree includes the full brother of Japan Magnate , who won the Paris Grand Prix and Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1), and their own sister Secret gesture , winner of the Betfred Middleton Stakes (G2) and second of the Investec Epsom Oaks (G1) and Henkel-Preis der Diana-Deutsches Stuten-Derby (German Oaks, G1).

Dam Shastye finished second in the Totesport.com Pontefract Castle Stakes rankings and is a half-sister to Arc winner Sagamix and Criterium de Saint-Cloud (G1) winner Sagacity. She is also a half-sister to the mother of Sageburg, winner of the Prix d’Ispahan (G1), and she is the family of Perfect power , winner of the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1) and Darley Prix Morny (G1) this year.

“There is a lack of decent stallions in Germany now after the deaths of Lord of England and Adlerflug and both Hollow soldier and Areion are old. We are looking for a new star and I hope Japan will be the one, ”Kredel concluded.


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