Horse Racing

Small World: The North Farm Acquires Iconic Family

The truly global nature of the blood-like industry is perfectly encapsulated by King’s Harlequin 4 years old camel who ran early in the second part of Scepter Sessions.

Bred in Ireland, trained initially in France where she was a group 3 winner at age 2, before moving to the US she was consigned by Bradley Weisbord and Liz Crow’s ELiTE Sales Department and sold to Katsumi Yoshida’s North Farm for 600,000gns (US$753,453).

Weisbord, along with business partner Crow, are familiar buyers at Park Paddocks but this December Mare sale sees them become a UK supplier for the first time.

The sale represented a huge profit on the €30,000 ($32,698) she brought in as a craving when bought by Tina Rau at the Goffs Orby Sale.

King’s Harlequin was bred by Sir Edmund Loder from the stellar family he raised Marwell, Marling and Caerwent. If Scepter Sessions had existed in the 1980s then Marwell and her daughter Marling would have been exactly the kind of mares that would adorn such a portfolio of prominent names.

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Marwell, King’s Harlequin’s third dam, was the 3-year-old’s champion in 1981 when she won the William Hill July Cup (G1), King’s Stand Stakes (G1) and the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (G1) , to add to the successes of William Hill Cheveley Park Stakes (G1), Flying Childers Stakes (G1) and Molecomb Stakes (G3) in 1980.

Shingo Hashimoto
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Shingo Hashimoto

Habitat’s daughter gave birth to a champion in Marling, chubby Lomond, who was a European champion for 2- and 3-year-olds a decade after her dam retired . Marling, also bred by Loder at his old ranch at Eyrefield Lodge Stud, emulated her dam with a victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes but was in 3rd place over Marwell, winning the Goffs Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1), Sussex Stakes (G1) and Crowning Shares (G1). She won the Queen Mary Stakes (G3) with a score of 2.

North Farms purchased an iconic pedigree with Caerwent, GPA National Stakes (G1) winner, also Marwell’s pony. Her daughter Littlefeather of Indian Ridge finished third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) and Littefeather was the third-placed group dam explore and listed third Bee eater 2020 winner’s dam Marble Hill Stakes (G3) Minaun . That daughter of Zoffany was bred by Sir Edmond and is the half-sister of Swift Action, the dam of King’s Harlequin.

It’s not just iconic DNA that Katsumi Yoshida bought into; on the track, King’s Harlequin wears iconic blue and green silks that will forever be associated with the outstanding champions of Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien that have shaped the racing industry and global livestock.

King’s Harlequin was raced by Sam, son of Sangster and first coached by Nicolas Clement, with whom she won the Prix d’Aumale (G3) and the listed Prix Roland de Chambure in the junior season. adolescence.

She moved to Clement’s brother Christophe in Kentucky ahead of the 2022 season but failed to add state success to her French glory. Now the chubby girl will have more flying miles to collect as she heads east, to a farm that has revolutionized Japanese racing and animal husbandry over the past three decades.

Northern Farm’s Shingo Hashimoto commented: “She’s a lovely girl and looks great. “She’s done really well from the very beginning of her racing career and has a very good side. She’s going to retire and most likely go straight to Japan.”

Her male is not the most representative in the Japanese breeding population, and she will be one of a select few from the North Farm’s vast brood stock.

“We don’t have many mares in Camelot, I think it might just be the second so far,” he added.

Hashimoto was then the lower bidder for Northern Farm with a double 1st group winner saffron beach , who was purchased by Najd Stud for 3.6 million guineas ($4,520,718). Then he won the heroine Prix de l’Abbaye Platinum Queen for 1.2 million guineas ($1,506,906).


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