Arrowfield Stud has announced Mikki Isle will join the its stallion roster for the 2017 season.
The handsome son of supersire Deep Impact was Japan’s Champion Sprinter & Miler of 2016. He won 8 races, including two 1600m Group 1 events, and more than AUD 6 million in prizemoney.
Mikki Isle quickly fulfilled the promise of his two-win juvenile season, establishing himself as Japan’s top-rated 3YO miler with victory in the G1 Tokyo NHK Mile Cup, achieved with his trademark front-running pace in a time of 1:33.2.
Mikki Isle’s subsequent performances confirmed the quality of his speed. He was placed in consecutive runnings of the G1 Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinen and was second in last year’s G1 Nakayama Sprinters Stakes – all at 1200 metres.
He then scored an all-the-way victory in last November’s G1 Kyoto Mile Championship which was rated among the world’s Top 100 Group 1 races of 2016.
Mikki Isle was bred by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm from the Rock of Gibraltar mare Star Isle, a grand-daughter of three-time USA Grade 1 juvenile winner Stella Madrid, who defeated champion filly Go For Wand in the G1 Belmont Frizette Stakes.
Now serving his first book of mares at Shadai Stallion Station, Mikki Isle will join Real Impact, also a dual Group 1-winning son of Deep Impact, on this year’s shuttle run to Arrowfield, which has acquired an interest in both horses.
Arrowfield will announce its 2017 stallion service fees after the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.