Japanese wondermare Almond Eye gives birth to Epiphaneia colt
The daughter of Lord Kanaloa was a prolific Grade 1 winner on the track
Japanese wondermare Almond Eye has given birth to her first foal, a colt by Shadai Stallion Farm's high rising sire Epiphaneia, Northern Racing announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The daughter of Lord Kanaloa and Sunday Silence's Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup-winning daughter Fusaichi Pandora won ten races for Sakae Kunieda during a magnificent racing career, including nine at the highest level.
Among the big-race victories on her CV were the Dubai Turf, two Japan Cups, the Japanese Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and the Victoria Mile. She was the world's highest-rated mare or filly in 2020, on a mark of 124.
The seven-year-old was retired to the breeding paddocks after her second Japan Cup success, in which she defeated Japanese Triple Crown hero Contrail.
Almond Eye is the sixth foal out of Japanese Oaks second Fusaichi Pandora and is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Johannesburg mare Unakite as well as being closely related to two winners. Fusaichi Pandora is in turn out of a close relative to El Gran Senor and Try My Best.
Welcome little boy ! #almondeye#epiphania pic.twitter.com/kFJpKWkefJ— Lemaire Christophe (@christo68914587) January 13, 2022
Epiphaneia is the sire of the top-class Daring Tact, the 2020 Triple Tiara heroine who won the Japanese versions of the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks plus the Shuka Sho.
A dual Grade 1-winning son of champion Japanese three-year-old Symboli Kris S, the red-hot Epiphaneia has sired 24 stakes performers to date including four individual Group winners.
They include the newly crowned 2021 Japanese Horse of the Year Efforia, last month's Hanshin Juvenile Fillies scorer Circle Of Life and American Jockey Club Cup and Japanese St Leger runner-up Aristoteles.
Epiphaneia will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of JPY 18,000,000 (approximately £115,000/€138,000).