Deep Impact – Azeri colt tops JHRA Foal Sale

Deep Impact was back on top of the leader-board when the JRHA conducted its Select Foal Sale on Tuesday.

The Shadai champion sired the top four colts during the Select Yearling Sale on Monday and it was business as usual when his weanlings paraded at Hokkaido.

Deep Impact foals filled 7 of the Top 10 positions with a colt from Group 1 champion Azeri making AUD 2.59 million.  The Northern Farm-consigned colt was knocked down to Desk Valet Co.

Next best was another Deep Impact colt Northern Farm-consigned colt from Malpensa (Arg) at AUD 2.49 million.  The dam is a daughter of Orpen who landed back-to-back Group 1 wins at Palermo in 2011.

A third Deep Impact colt from Prix de l’Opera winner Lily Of The Valley commanded AUD 2.05 million.  He was bought by Takaya Shimakawa from Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm.  “I wanted to buy the dam but Mr Yoshida didn’t want to sell her,” Shimakawa said.  “So I bought the foal instead.”

Breaking Deep Impact’s stranglehold on the Top 10 was a colt by first-season sire Victoire Pisa at AUD 1.19 million.  He was also consigned by Shadai Farm where Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa is based.

The JRHA Foal Sale returned across the board gains while the clearance rate remained static at 75%.  Turnover was AUD 60.56 million on the 166 lots that found new owners and the average was up 10% to AUD 364,830.