Japanese shuttle stallions off the mark with first winners

Six-time Group 1 winner MAURICE sired his first winner on Saturday when Kaiser Nova ran out an impressive debut scorer over 1200m at Hakodate.

Trained by Yoshito Yahagi – who saddled subsequent Japanese Horse Of The Year Lys Gracieux to victory in last year’s Cox Plate – Kaiser Nova showed an electric turn of foot in the straight to win handsomely by a length and a quarter.

The ‘Beast From The East’ has made a promising start to life at stud and currently sits second in the Japanese first-season sire table.

His compatriot MIKKI ISLE, who also shuttled to Arrowfield Stud and has his first two-year-olds racing in Japan this season, sired his first winner last Saturday with Dualist successful in a two-year-old newcomer over 1200m.

Mikki Isle currently sits ninth in the Japanese first-season sire table, having had significantly less runners than all of those above him.

Both stallions will have their first Australian crops turn two on August 1.

News of their first winners will be well-received by all the team at Triple Crown, with Chris & Michael Ward purchasing three sons of Maurice and a daughter of Mikki Isle at the sales earlier this year. All four are at various stages of their development and have already had their first looks at Peter & Paul Snowden’s Randwick and Flemington stables.

Deep Impact’s Dual Group 1-winning son Mikki Isle