Mikki Isle sires first stakes winner as Maurice bags 2yo quinella

Two former Arrowfield Stud shuttlers enjoyed red-letter days in Japan over the weekend with MAURICE having a 1-2 finish in a 1600m maiden at Niigata only to be upstaged by his compatriot MIKKI ISLE, who sired his first stakes winner when Meikei Yell powered home in the day’s feature – the Group 3 Kokura Nisai (1200m) at Kokura.

At Niigata, Christophe Lemaire guided the Tetsuya Kimura-trained favourite Legatus to a neck win over the fast-finishing Consolation, with both two-year-old Maurice colts making just their second starts.

Over at Kokura, Mikki Isle colt Meikei Yell could not have been more impressive in the Group III Kokura Nisai. Ridden by the champion Yutaka Take for trainer Hidenori Take, Meikei Yell was speared off the track on the home turn, but once balanced up came with a barnstorming finish to defeat the odds-om favourite Mondreise by one and a quarter lengths, with Fodla four lengths back in third.

Meikei Yell keeps his record at a perfect two for two having won a Newcomers over the same track and distance on August 22.

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A string of 2YO winners in the past fortnight puts Mikki Isle third on the Japanese First Season Sires’ Table behind fellow Arrowfield shuttle sire Maurice, and Duramente.