2018 Hokkaido Summer Premium Sale Preview
The first edition of the Summer Premium Sale went off well grossing \1,733,832,000(US$15,538,913) and boasting an average of \12,040,500(US$107,909) with 144 lots sold for a clearance rate of 77.4%. It was the first crop of Fenomeno(JPN) who lit up the board with the highest price of the day when Hip 106, a colt out of Hiraboku Win(JPN) sold for \32,400,000(US$290,374) to Toshiya Miyazaki. The boards lit up again for Hip 133, a Rulership(JPN) colt out of Bewitch Us(JPN) who bought by Shoji Ogihara for \31,320,000(US$280,695). Hip 143, a Just a Way(JPN) filly out of Viel Gluck(JPN) was the highest-priced filly of the day going for \30,240,000(US$271,016) to Northern Farm.
It proved to be a good day overall for the younger generation of stallions in Japan with Rulership(JPN), Henny Hughes(USA), Just a Way(JPN), Kizuna(JPN) posting the four highest grosses per individual stallion. Rulership(JPN) grossed \132,840,000(US$1,190,535) and averaged \16,605,000(US$148,816) with eight lots sold. Henny Hughes(USA) grossed \124,200,000(US$1,113,102) and averaged \12,420,000(US$111,310) with 10 sold. Just a Way(JPN) grossed \122,040,000(US$1,093,744) and averaged \20,340,000(US$182,290) with six lots sold. Kizuna(JPN) grossed \93,096,000(US$834,343) and \11,637,000(US$104,292) with eight lots sold.
Given his ongoing success with his first and second crop, Lord Kanaloa(JPN) continued his popularity in the ring as well, selling all five of his lots, grossing \71,820,000(US$643,663) with an average of \14,364,000(US$128,732). Two stallions popular dirt stallions that passed recently had a good day in the ring as well, the last full crop of the late top dirt stallion Gold Allure(JPN) grossed \82,620,000(US$740,455) from five sold and averaged \16,524,000(US$148,091). South Vigorous(USA) passed away early in the 2018 breeding season, so his second to last full crop was in high demand, grossing \67,824,000(US$607,850) for six lots sold and averaged \11,304,000(US$101,308).
To The Glory(JPN)fs second crop was only represented by one lot but it sold for an impressive \29,700,000(US$266,176) to Takashi Yoshioka, making it the fourth highest price yearling of the day. The second crop of Dunkirk(USA), who has been having substantial success with his first crop on the track this year had the third highest average behind leading Freshman Sire Just a Way(JPN) with \19,980,000(US$179,064) from two lots sold of the two lots offered. The first crop of multiple G1 winning stayer Fenomeno(JPN) also averaged well from two of two sold, averaging \19,008,000(US$170,353).
Overall the first ever Summer Premium Sale was well received by the market in Japan, proving that there is a desire for high-end sales later in Japanfs yearling sales season.
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