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Two Japanese-trained runners, A Shin Hikari (above) and Maurice, beat the Europeans to the top of the table of older Turf male runners

middle-distance and staying events falling to imports as the local industry becomes almost totally focused on the production of fast and precocious runners. Postponed, another credit for the wonderful Dubawi, was undefeated for the year until running fifth in the Arc winning the Dubai City of Gold Stakes (G2), Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), Coronation Cup (G1) and International Stakes (G1). Postponed is out of a mare by emerging broodmare sire Dubai Destination (Kingmambo) so is a Mr. Prospector/Mr. Prospector cross. It’s an interesting side note that in an era of domination by Sadler’s Wells/Danzig line horses, the top European three-year-old and one of the joint-top four-year-old males are both from branches of the Mr. Prospector line. The same might said of Winx, a Mr. Prospector line mare in a region dominated by Danehill. Tied with Hartnell and Postponed was the New Zealand-bred Werther. He is now trained in Hong Kong and won the Hong Kong Derby and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1). Werther is by the very promising New Zealand sire Tavistock (by Montjeu, out of a grand-daughter of Mrs. Moss), already sire of

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...the top European three-year-old and one of the joint-top four-year-old males are both from branches of the Mr. Prospector line four Group/Grade 1 winners in his first two crops, and out of a mare by the great New Zealand sire Zabeel. It is a pattern that gives the three-quarters brothers Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev. Although they topped the Europeanbreds, Found, Hartnell and Postponed were supplanted as top older Turf males by a pair bred in Japan, A Shin Hikari and Maurice (both on 127). A Shin Hikari owned a spell at the head of the world rankings after a devastating 10l win the Prix d’Ispahan (G1) in May. Unfortunately, he never returned to that form and in three subsequent outings finished nearer the rear than the front of the field.

Maurice won three races in five starts taking the Hong Kong Champions Mile (G1), the Autumn Tenno Sho (Emperor’s Cup) (G1) and the Hong Kong Cup (G1). A Shin Hikari is by Japan’s dominant sire force Deep Impact (a son of the seminal Halo horse, Sunday Silence) and out of Catalina, a US-bred daughter of Storm Cat, a strain that has done well under Deep Impact. Maurice has a pedigree that is somewhat less familiar as he is by champion Japanese older horse Screen Hero (by Grass Wonder, who in turn is by Roberto’s son, Silver Hawk), and he is out of amare by Sadler’s Wells’s son, Carnegie. Two other highly rated Japanese-bred horses are Kitasan Black and Satono Crown (both on 123). Kitasan Black, who won the Spring Emperor’s Cup (G1) and Japan Cup (G1) was Japan’s Horse of the Year, while Satano Crown’s signature performance was victory over Highland Reel in the Hong Kong Vase (G1). Kitasan Black is by Deep Impact’s brother Black Tide, and his grand-dam is half-sister to Cee’s Tizzy, the sire of Tiznow. Satono Crown, though foaled in Japan, is a brother to the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) heroine Lightening Pearl, is by Marju and out of Jioconda, a stakes-winning daughter

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