Novellist and Lord Kanaloa supply first winners in Japan
International superstars are off the mark as sires
Novellist and Lord Kanaloa, a pair of brilliant international performers who excelled over very different distances on the track, supplied their first winners within 15 minutes of each other in Japan on Sunday.
Novellist was first to get off the mark when his son Weiser scored in a 7f race for two-year-old newcomers at Hanshin.
The colt, trained by Ryo Takahashi for owner U Carrot Farm, won by half a length from Tagano Sky High, a son of Rulership, with Tanino Mystery, by Tanino Gimlet, a neck back in third.
Weiser was bred by Northern Farm out of the winning Admire Vega mare Weisheit, a half-sister to Japanese stakes winners Not Alone, Northern River and Renforcer and also to Reizend, the dam of last month's Japanese Oaks fourth Deirdre.
Weisheit is out of Soninke, an unraced daughter of Machiavellian and champion Sonic Lady, whose victories included the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin.
Novellist, a son of the great German sire Monsun bred and raced by Dr Christoph Berglar, was a hot favourite for the German Derby after winning traditionally the best trial, the Oppenheim-Union-Rennen, by five lengths but was just touched off in the Hamburg Classic by Pastorius.
He signed off his three-year-old season with an impressive score in the Gran Premio Del Jockey Club Italiano and came back at four better than ever and was unbeaten in four races – a Baden-Baden Group 2, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Grosser Preis von Baden.
Novellist stands at Shadai Stallion Station and covered 156, 148 and 122 mares in his first three seasons between 2014 and 2016.
First of many for Lord Kanaloa
Novellist's studmate Lord Kanaloa was represented by his first winner when son Stelvio gained an impressive one-and-three-quarter-length victory in a 6f race for two-year-old newcomers at Tokyo.
Place-getters Satono Only One and Spring Man, colts by Deep Impact and Rose Kingdom respectively, had no answer to the Tetsuya Kimura-trained winner, ridden by Christophe Lemaire.
Stelvio – like Weiser, bred by Northern Farm – is out of the Listed-placed Falbrav mare L'Archetto, a half-sister to Japanese Listed chase scorers Clan Emblem and Crit Valent.
Lord Kanaloa, a son of King Kamehameha, was an outstanding sprinter and miler in Japan who won 13 races including six at the highest level. He demonstrated his brilliance on the world stage when taking back-to-back renewals of the Hong Kong Sprint, the second time by five lengths from Sole Power.
Lord Kanaloa has been tremendously popular at stud, having covered 250, 276 and 267 mares in his first three books at Shadai.
He and Novellist feature among a who's who of champions standing at the Yoshida brothers' stallion facility in Japan, alongside the likes of Harbinger, Heart's Cry, King Kamehameha and, of course, the country's brilliant leading sire Deep Impact.