Japan gains second Gr.1 with victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes


The Newsells bred Japan gained his second Gr.1 victory in landing the Gr.1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York today, with a gutsy defeat of the highest-rated Flat horse in training Crystal Ocean.

This three-year-old colt was following up his success in the Gr.1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp last month for trainer Aidan O’Brien and owners Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Micheal Tabor.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “He’s a very exciting horse. The race we were thinking of after this was the Irish Champion Stakes. The Arc and the Breeders’ Cup are also possibilities.”

Jockey Ryan Moore said: “All Japan has done is improve since the Dante. He had to try so hard and ran all the way to the line. He’s very progressive. It was a superb performance.”

Japan has also won this season the Gr.2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and finished third in the Gr.1 Epsom Derby. As a two-year-old he won the Gr.2 Beresford Stakes at Naas.

Bred and raised by Newsells Park Stud, Japan is by Galileo out of the Stakes winning mare Shastye (Danehill) from the family of Sagamix and Sagacity.  He was sold by the stud at the Tattersalls October Book 1 Sale for 1,300,000gns to MV Magnier who also purchased his full-brother Sir Isaac Newton for 3,600,000gns in 2013.  In addition, Japan is a full-brother to multiple Group winner and performer Secret Gesture.  The two-year-old full-brother to Japan, Mogul sold for 3,400,000gns and is also in training at Ballydoyle.

Newsells Park Stud has bred or raised 11 Gr.1 winners since 2010. Don’t miss our 2019 yearling consignments!