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The stallions of Shadai Stallion Station

Michele MacDonald photographs the stallions at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan which includes the likes of Just A Way, Rulership, Orfevre and Harbinger

  • Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan, is home to a number of stallions including Deep Impact and at the recent Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale a selection of the operation's stallions were presented to international visitors at Northern Horse Park. 

    Michele MacDonald was there with her camera to capture the stallions on show. 
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  • King Kamehameha, who Shadai has had to carefully manage over the last several seasons after he contracted equine herpes, was able to cover mares primarily owned by shareholders while being bred no more than twice a day this season. 

    The world’s leading sire in 2010 and 2011, the son of Kingmambo sired three Japanese champions in 2015 but will have fewer offspring in coming years. King Kamehameha has 182 registered three-year-olds, he has only 50 two-year-olds and 110 yearlings, according to Japan’s Stud Book.

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  • Rulership 

    A powerfully-made nine-year-old who won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong, Rulership is out of Air Groove, and he covered around 260 mares at a fee of ¥3 million.

    Rulership’s first crop of two-year-olds numbers 131 and he has sired a pair of winners through mid-July; he has 140 registered yearlings. 

    At the recent Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale, Rulership’s offspring were popular, with ten of 11 foals sold and seven of eight yearlings for an overall total of ¥733 million (£5,278,925/€6,311,217), averaging ¥43.12 million.
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  • Lord Kanaloa

    Lord Kanaloa, now eight and twice a winner of the Hong Kong Sprint as well as four Group 1 races in Japan, covered around 225 mares this year.

    Standing for ¥5 million (£36,157/€43,228), Lord Kanaloa has 179 yearlings in his first crop, who are now yearlings. At the JRHA sale, eight yearlings and ten foals by Lord Kanaloa were reported sold for a total of ¥548 million (£3,962,810/€4,737,736) and an average of ¥30.44 million.

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  • First-season stallion Kizuna (below), a son of Deep Impact who won the 2013 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the Prix Niel in France before finishing fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, covered around 250 mares at a fee of ¥2.5 million (£18,079/€21,614).

    Kizuna, a stunning, nearly black horse bred by Koji Maeda’s North Hills, is joined at Shadai by three other Group 1-winning sons of Deep Impact: Real Impact (¥800,000), Spielberg (¥1.5 million) and Deep Brillante (¥1 million).

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  • Shadai is also home to a trio of Europe’s most successful runners from recent years. Harbinger (below), the ten-year-old son of Dansili who was England’s highest rated older horse of 2010, covered an average of 180 mares from 2011 through 2015 and ranked as Japan’s leading freshman sire in 2014.

    “Harbinger is doing quite well,” said Shadai spokesman Naohiro Hosoda of the sire who currently ranks 13th on Japan’s general sire list and stands for ¥3 million (£21,694/€25,933).



    Derby and Arc winner Workforce (above), a nine-year-old son of King’s Best who ranked third among last year’s Japanese freshman sires, had an average of 153 mares in his first four books but only covered about 55 this year.

    Novellist (above), a four-time Group 1 winner in Europe by Monsun whose oldest crop are yearlings of 2016, covered about 100 mares this year after previously having books of 156 and 148 mares at Shadai. 

    He had 22 offspring sell for a total of ¥505 million (£3,651,859/€4,365,979) at the JRHA sale; he stamps his offspring with his black colour and compact frame with good bone.
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  • Heart's Cry

    Among the proven sires at Shadai, few are more successful than Heart’s Cry, the 15-year-old son of Sunday Silence who stood for a fee of ¥8 million (£57,851/€69,164) this season, the third highest at the farm, and covered about 120 mares.

    At the JRHA sale, 36 offspring of Heart’s Cry sold for a total of ¥1.552 billion.

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  • Just A Way 

    One of Heart’s Cry’s best sons, Just A Way, stood his second season at Shadai this year for ¥3.5 million (£25,310/€30,259).

    The record-breaking winner of the 2014 Group 1 Dubai Duty Free and the world’s highest ranked racehorse for that year, Just A Way proved popular with his first foals at the JRHA sale, ranking fourth behind Deep Impact, Orfevre, and Heart’s Cry with 14 sold for a total of ¥438 million (£3,167,355/€3,786,730).

    Just A Way’s colt foal who is a three-parts brother to Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti sold to Riichi Kondo for ¥140 million (£1,012,397/€1,210,370).

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  • Orfevre

    Among the most popular stallions at Shadai is 2011 Triple Crown winner Orfevre, by Stay Gold, who twice finished second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The flashy chestnut has 154 yearlings in his first crop and covered about 200 mares this season at a fee of ¥6 million (£43,388/€51,873).

    He was third only to Deep Impact and Heart’s Cry among sires at the JRHA sale with 27 sold for ¥1.228 billion. Hosoda said Orfevre gives his offspring a strong build and described him as extremely smart.
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  • The biggest stallion by size at Shadai is 2011 Dubai World Cup winner and two-time champion Victoire Pisa, by Sunday Silence’s son Neo Universe. 

    Standing at about 17 hands, Victoire Pisa covered around 150 mares this season after his first crop included this year’s Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) winner Jeweler.

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  • Last but not least... Deep Impact

    Seven mares from outside Japan were among the 220 covered by Deep Impact, the world’s leading sire by progeny earnings, at the Shadai Stallion Station this season.

    While Hosoda said he could not release details on the mares covered by Deep Impact, he did say the number that the son of Sunday Silence received from outside Japan was the largest to date and that their owners included some of the most prominent names in international racing.

    Japanese Stud Book records do not yet include any information on the number of Deep Impact’s foals of 2016, but reveal that he has 172 registered yearlings.

    Among those yearlings are a pair of colts bred by entities associated with the Coolmore partners, a filly bred by Lady Bamford’s Daylesford Stud and a filly bred by Australian Paul Fudge. Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley also has several yearlings by Deep Impact, all bred in the name of his Hokkaido-based Darley Japan K.K.

    The yearling colts bred by Coolmore entities Roncon, Chelston and Orpendale, Chelston, Wynatt are out of Irish Group 3 winner Cherokee, by Storm Cat, and Group 1 winner Maybe, by Galileo, respectively. Both have been sent back to Ireland.

    The filly bred by Lady Bamford is out of Soinlovewithyou, a Sadler’s Wells half sister to Duke of Marmalade and Ruler of the World purchased for 950,000 at Tattersalls in 2010. Soinlovewithyou produced another Deep Impact filly in Japan this May.

    Fudge’s Deep Impact filly was produced by his Irish stakes winner Siren’s Song, by Azamour, from the family of 1,000 Guineas winner Sleepytime, and was sent to Australia this spring.

    With a fee of ¥30 million (£215,625/€257,567), the 14-year-old Deep Impact is one of the world’s most expensive stallions, and breeders from outside Japan also face costly shipping charges and boarding rates if they want to breed their mares to the stallion.

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