Outside Japan, no one appreciates the talent of Japanese racehorses more so than Australian racing fans.
Although still a relatively new superpower on the worldwide scene, Japan’s influence on Australia has been profound with wins in a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and a number of other Group 1 races.
Its dominance is not lost on Arrowfield Stud, which has a strong Japanese influence on its 2019 stallion roster.
Maurice, a six-time Group 1 winner and Japanese Horse of the Year, joins Group 1 winners Mikki Isle and Real Steel, who are both sons of Deep Impact, at the Scone stud.
“From a domestic point of view, they’ve been bringing out their second and third-rate horses to race over here and they’ve been absolutely killing us,” Arrowfield’s Paul Messara said.
“We are bringing out, handpicking, the very best they’ve got and bringing them out for our market, so we’re expecting big things from these three horses and I think the breeders should really get behind them.”
Maurice will stand for $27,500, Real Steel for $16,500 and Mikki Isle for $13,750.