Prominent breeder Katsumi Yoshida collected an international Group 1 double on the weekend with his outstanding fillies Mosheen (Vinery Stud Stakes) and Gentildonna (Japanese 1000 Guineas).
Mosheen (Fastnet Rock) was a class above her rivals at Rosehill on Saturday even though the winning margin was only a half length. Jockey Dan Nikolic was reprimanded by stewards after gearing her down to a canter in the closing stages.
Managing owner Phil Sly, who sold a half-share in Mosheen to Yoshida earlier this year, indicated the filly will now be spelled for a spring campaign concentrating on the G1 W S Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. She will be eventually sent to Japan and mated with Shadai Stud champion Deep Impact.
Yoshida was back in the spotlight at Hanshin on Sunday when his filly Gentildonna led home a Deep Impact quinella in the G1 Oka Sho. She overhauled Verxina after a brief duel in the straight to score by a half length. I’m Yours (Falbrav) was a similar margin away in third place.
Gentildonna (3f Deep Impact – Donna Blini by Bertolini) gave her sire his second Oka Sho success in as many years. His filly Marcellina won Japan’s version of the 1000 Guineas in 2011.
Yoshida was also represented by race favourite Joie de Vivre who finished three lengths away in sixth spot. She is another by Deep Impact and had been named last year’s Champion JRA 2YO Filly after a G1 victory in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.
Gentildonna’s dam Donna Blini won the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes and G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket in 2005. Yoshida paid 500,000 guineas for the mare at the 2006 Tattersalls December Sale.
The cost of Yoshida’s 50% share in Mosheen wasn’t disclosed but he didn’t pay over the odds considering the filly has subsequently won the G1 VRC Australian Guineas, G1 Randwick Guineas and G1 Vinery Stud Stakes.
Mosheen graduated from the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale for $250,000. She was part of the Bylong Park consignment and her Zabeel half-brother will go under the hammer at this year’s sale as Lot 413 on Thursday.