Serious judges are sitting up and taking notice of the Japanese stallion Real Impact’s first Australian crop.
At the Inglis Ready To Run Sale in Sydney yesterday, Real Impact was leading first season sire with his highest priced lot being the Real Impact-Only Roses colt which fetched $310,000.
Real Impact is a son of the champion stallion Deep Impact and he raced twice in Australia for a Group One win in the George Ryder Stakes at Randwick before running an enormous second to Kermadec in the Doncaster Mile.
He shuttles to Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley and his first crop in this country are two-year-olds. In Japan he’s leading first season sire with 12 individual winners.
“The Japanese breeding industry is as strong as any country in the world and is poised to be a significant influence on Australian racing,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“We saw Japanese galloper Mer De Glace produced a superb staying performance to win the Caulfield Cup last Saturday and he became the 10th Australian Group One winner from Japan.
“They invested heavily in quality stallions in the 1980s and 90s and now they are breeding world class horses.
“When you see heavy hitters such as Arrowfield Stud standing a number of Japanese-based stallions you know they are going to have a significant impact on our breeding and racing industry.
“Ontrack bought a lovely Real Impact colt at the June Magic Millions Sale and he’s an absolute belter.
“He broke in beautifully and has looked great in his first educational preparation and is spelling now before heading to champion trainer Tony Gollan at Eagle Farm.
“We like this colt a lot, and the popularity of his first crop at the Inglis Ready To Run Sale is a great pointer to the ability his youngsters are showing,” said Grant Morgan.