Regally bred Group 1 winner Rulership has been retired to stand at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.
Rulership (5h King Kamehameha – Air Groove by Tony Bin) won 8 of his 20 starts and peaked this year with a G1 success in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong and a G2 victory in the American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama.
The Sha Tin result gave Japan its third Queen Elizabeth II Cup victory following Eishin Preston (2002 & 2003). Rulership was trained by Katsuhiko Sumii and he also prepared Hat Trick to win the G1 Hong Kong Mile in 2005.
“I’m very happy to win again – it is seven years since I last won in Hong Kong,” Sumii said. “This is a favourite place for me.” Sumii also trained Victoire Pisa to win the 2010 G1 Dubai World Cup and prepared a Melbourne Cup quinella with stablemates Delta Blues and Pop Rock in 2006.
Rulership’s sire King Kamehameha, (Kingmambo) created history when capturing the 2010 Japanese premiership. It was first time since 1995 that the domestic sires list wasn’t headed by Sunday Silence or one of his sons!
Rulership is from Japan’s 1997 Horse of the Year Air Groove. She is the dam of 7 other winners including Champion filly Admire Groove, G2 winner Forgettable, G3 winner Gullveig.
Air Groove’s final foal is an unraced 2yo filly named Last Groove (Deep Impact). She made a record-breaking Y360 million (AUD 4.08 million) when Shadai director Katsumi Yoshida consigned her to the 2011 JRHA yearling sale.
Group 1 Hong Kong winner retires to Shadai Stallion Station