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Katsumi Yoshida To Attend Karaka Sales

Japan's breeding industry leader Katsumi Yoshida made a fleeting trip to New Zealand to inspect some of his high-class stallions based at Waikato stud farms just 48 hours after his stayers Delta Blues and Pop Rock quinellaed the Melbourne Cup.

Yoshida and his brothers Teruya and Haruya jointly own the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan and operate under the banner of the Shadai Group.

Yoshida pleded his on-going support for the New Zealand breeding industry and will attend the 2007 Karaka sales.

"I will continue to have stallions and some of my horses in New Zealand," he said."

At the moment I have about 40 horses in New Zealand including stallions, broodmares, foals and yearlings..

"I will be coming to the New Zealand yearling sales next year."

Yoshida said he will also consider sending horses from Japan for Group 1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m) at Hastings.

David O'Callaghan, the Australian representative for Shadai Farm, said it was likely the Japanese horses would spread their net further in Australasia next year.

"There are only a few horses which are suitable for the Melbourne Cup.

"They are likely to bring horses for some other races and we will take a look at what races in New Zealand could be suitable such as the Kelt Stakes and some of the big Cups races," O'Callaghan said.

Yoshida visited Java Thoroughbreds in Matamata to inspect 2004 Japan Cup winner and Japanese Horse Of The Year Zenno Rob Roy (Sunday Silence).

Yoshida was most impressed with the condition of the horse who has received excellent support in his first season at stud in New Zealand covering in excess of 60 broodmares.

"He looks very good and likes the green grass in New Zealand," Yoshida said.

Zenno Rob Roy, who is insured for more than $30 million, defeated Melbourne Cup winner Delta Blues in the Japan Cup.

Jo Mackie, co-proprietor of Java Thoroughbreds, said it was a great thrill to Yoshida visit the stud.

"We we were asked if we would like to have his stallions at our farm again next year. Naturally we said yes," she said.

Yoshida also inspected another of his stallions Black Tuxedo at Java Thoroughbreds and then visited Rich Hill Thoroughbreds to see Jungle Pocket and Pentire.

Rich Hill studmaster John Thompson said the Melbourne Cup quinella reinforced the decision by his stud to shuttle Jungle Pocket to New Zealand for the last four seasons.

Jungle Pocket's oldest Australasian progeny are now two-year-olds and he has already sired two very promising winners from his first Japanese two-year-old crop.

Shadai Farm still has a significant ownership interest in Pentire.

The Shadai Group's other stallions standing in New Zealand are located at Slade Farm in in the South Island.

These are Ski Captain, Summer Suspicion and Painted Black.

Yoshida owns about 3000 horses worldwide along with his two brothers.

Their horse properties in Japan include Northern Farm, the Shadai stallion station and the Northern Horse Park, an equestrian complex and tourist resort.

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