First G1 winner for Admire Moon

Seiun Kosei sweeps to victory in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Admire Moon added a first G1 winner to his record in tremendous style on 26 March when his son Seiun Kosei landed the six-furlong Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo racecourse.

Smoothly away, the four-year-old colt was settled in fourth place under jockey Hideaki Miyuki. Coming wide once entering the home straight, Seiun Kosei accelerated superbly to sweep past Let’s Go Donki and Red Falx and eventually won by a length and a quarter.

This was his sixth career victory and second at Stakes level following his win in the Listed Yodo Tankyori Stakes on his 2017 debut back in January. He was also placed second in the G3 Silk Road Stakes at Kyoto later that month.

Seiun Kosei was bred by Sakurai Bokujo and is one of five winners out of the Capote mare Observant, herself a half-sister to three Black type winners.

Admire Moon, a prolific source of winners since retiring to stud, has sired 25 horses who have won or placed at Black type level. He stands at Darley in Japan at a fee of 1.5 million yen.

There was also Stakes success on Sunday for King's Best, when his son Mighty Mouse won the Listed Grand Prix Aufgalopp at Dusseldorf in Germany. This was his second victory in the race.