Yosei will be served by Coolmore Stud champion Fastnet Rock this year. The mare’s part-owner Robert McClure made the decision after buying out her breeder John Pittard this week.
Yosei (6m Invincible Spirit – Fuji Fairy by Fuji Kiseki) failed to reach a $15,000 reserve when offered by Woodlawn Park at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale. She was a juvenile winner at Benalla and followed up with a shock victory in the G1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
Trainer Stuart Webb brought her back to claim the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield and she added a third Group 1 later that season in the Tatts Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
Yosei tapered off this season and she bowed out after finishing a long last in the Toorak Hcp (1600m) on Saturday. “She’s on her way to Newgate Farm,” McClure said on Tuesday. “And she will be covered by Fastnet Rock as soon as possible.”
McClure is the proprietor of Morning Rise Stud on the Mornington peninsula where Yosei will join mares the calibre of NZ G1 winner Anabandana (Anabaa) and the stakes winners Bliss Street (Flying Spur), Black Minx (Lonhro) and Sister Havana (General Nediym).
Yosei is by champion European sire Invincible Spirit who shuttled to Chatswood Stud for and her dam Fuji Fairy descends from one of the Aga Khan’s renowned female families.
McClure joined forces with Newgate Farm’s Henry Field to market a Fastnet Rock – Catreign colt for $1 million at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale. He was purchased by Coolmore Stud and McClure kept a share with his wife Barbara.
Named Monkstone, he is trained by Peter Moody and looked every inch a rich prospect with a second-up victory at Caulfield in July.
– Karl Patterson
Group 1 mare returns to scale with regular rider Michelle Payne