Aquanita trainer Robert Smerdon has confirmed a half-share in G1 VRC Oaks winner Mosheen has been sold to Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida.
The Yoshida family own Japan’s industry leader Shadai Stallion Station and they have embarked on a global buying spree targeting champion fillies and mares in the last twelve months.
Mosheen was purchased for $250,000 from Bylong Park Stud at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale. She is from Might And Power’s family and races for a syndicate managed by Phil Sly.
The Fastnet Rock filly started her career under the care of Leon Corstens and was runner-up to Sepoy in last year’s G1 Golden Slipper. Subsequently moved to Smerdon’s Caulfield stable, Mosheen won the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes prior to a nine length victory in the G1 VRC Oaks.
The Yoshida family’s other recent high profile buys include;
AVE (Danehill Dancer). USA G1 Flower Bowl winner cost $US1.40 million at Keeneland’s January Sale.
BELLE WATLING (Dushyantor). Champion South American filly won the Polla de Potrancas (Chilean 1000 Guineas) and El Ensayo (Chilean Derby) on the way to Horse of the Year honours.
DANEDREAM (Lomitas). Teruya Yoshida bought a half share in the German filly from Gestüt Burg Eberstein 48 hours before she won the G1 Arc de Triomphe.
BALADA SALE (Not For Sale). Argentine mare capped off the year with wins at G1 level in the Gran Premio Polla de Potrancas and Gran Premio Seleccion.
REVE D’IMAN (Highest Honor). A 1.70 million guineas buy at Tattersalls. She is the dam of 2010 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah (Marju).
TOPLINER (Thunder Gulch). Cost $US1.40 million in foal to Medaglia d’Oro at Keeneland. She is the dam of G1 Matriarch Stakes winner Star Billing (Dynaformer).
The Yoshida family know the value of investing in Australia having claimed the 2006 Melbourne Cup quinella with Delta Blues and Pop Rock. Shadai and Arrowfield chairman John Messara have also entered into numerous mutually advantageous deals in the last decade.
Shadai off-shoot Sunday Racing also owns local champion Buena Vista (Special Week). Japan’s favourite mare lost the 2010 Japan Cup on protest but atoned with a popular victory in the 2011 Cup in front of 103,000 fans in November.