Newsells Park's money-spinning mare Shastye has a jewel in Japan
King Edward VII Stakes winner by Galileo looks a top-notch prospect
Progeny of Newsells Park Stud's money-spinning mare Shastye have generated a scarcely believable more than 11 million guineas in receipts at yearling sales; the stunning victory of her son Japan in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday reminded us why they are so in demand.
Japan, who contributed 1,300,000gns to the pot when bought by Coolmore partners at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2017, has slowly been coming to the boil for Aidan O'Brien this year, finishing fourth in the Dante and a running-on third in the Derby.
He gave a better exhibition of his prodigious talent in the race known as the Ascot Derby with a lethal turn of foot that took him to the front three furlongs from home and admirable stamina that allowed him to register a four and a half-length victory over Bangkok (by Australia) with Eagles By Day (by Sea The Stars) third.
Japan has been cut to around 3-1 for the Irish Derby and St Leger but it would be no surprise to see him make his mark in all-aged company before then and he has been introduced at prices around 8-1 and 9-1 for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Eclipse.
The reason Japan and his siblings are in so much demand is that Shastye, an 18-year-old daughter of Danehill, has produced five winners in total including Middleton Stakes scorer and Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, Australian Group 3 winner Maurus and Royal Ascot victor Sir Isaac Newton. Needless to say, she also throws exceptionally good-looking stock.
Secret Gesture and Sir Isaac Newton, 230,000gns and 3,600,000gns yearling purchases respectively, are by Galileo and Newsells Park have continued to send the mare to the Coolmore phenomenon. Her two-year-old colt by the sire fetched 3,400,000gns from Coolmore at Book 1 last year and has been named Mogul, and she also has a filly foal born to the mating.
Shastye, a 625,000gns Tattersalls December mare purchase by John Warren on behalf of Newsells Park in 2005, hails from an outstanding family as a half-sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Sagamix and fellow Group 1 winner Sagacity, and to Sage Et Jolie, the Group 2-winning dam of Prix d'Isphan scorer Sageburg, as well as Sagalina, who produced Prix Saint-Alary winner Sagawara.
Shastye and her high-achieving siblings are out of Sageneca, a daughter of Sagace who won the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu and finished second in the Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano.
Japan became the third winner at Royal Ascot this year for the incomparable Galileo after Circus Maximus and South Pacific.
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