Fine Needle

2.5 million yen B 2013 16.1HH (1.65M)
Admire Moon – Needlecraft (Mark Of Esteem)
Standing at Darley Japan
Champion JRA sprinter of 2018 who won the G1 Sprinters Stakes and the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Completed the Japanese G1 sprint double just like Almond Eye's sire Lord Kanaloa. Out of a G3 winner whose second dam was second in the G1 Phoenix Stakes.

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Outstanding multiple G1-winning sprinter to stand in Hokkaido in 2019

Champion sprinter Fine Needle has been retired from racing and will join the Darley roster in Japan in 2019,

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Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1), 1200m, Chukyo, 25 Mar 2018
Sprinters S (G1), 1200m, Nakayama, 30 Sep 2018
Centaur S (G2), 1200m, Hanshin, 09 Sep 2018
Centaur S (G2), 1200m, Hanshin, 10 Sep 2017

Pedigree

FINE NEEDLE

ADMIRE MOON

END SWEEP

FORTY NINER

MR PROSPECTOR

FILE

BROOM DANCE

DANCE SPELL

WITCHING HOUR

MY KATIES

SUNDAY SILENCE

HALO

WISHING WELL

KATIES FIRST

KRIS

KATIES

NEEDLECRAFT

MARK OF ESTEEM

DARSHAAN

SHIRLEY HEIGHTS

DELSY

HOMAGE

AJDAL

HOME LOVE

SHARP POINT

ROYAL ACADEMY

NIJINSKY

CRIMSON SAINT

NICE POINT

SHARPEN UP

ALPINE NIECE

By ADMIRE MOON (2003) Japan Cup (G1), Dubai Duty Free S (G1), Takarazuka Kinen (G1), Kyoto Kinen (G2), Sapporo Kinen, etc. Sire of 666 foals aged three and up, including FINE NEEDLE, SEIUN KOSEI, HAKUSAN MOON, LEO ACTIVE, MOONQUAKE, ARCHIMEDES, BLACK MOON, FINE CHOICE, AT WILL, FUMINO MOON, GIOVANNI, MOON CREST, ONCE IN A MOON, MOON EXPRESS, SACRED REVE, etc.

1st dam: NEEDLECRAFT by Mark Of Esteem. 4 wins (1600m-1800m) at 2 and 3, Prix Chloé (G3), Premio Sergio Cumani (G3), 2nd Grosse Europa Meile (G2). Dam of 11 foals, 7 to race, 5 winners:

FINE NEEDLE (c Admire Moon) Group winner, see Race record.

TATTING (g Street Cry) 15 wins (1600m-2400m) at 3 to 8.

APPLIQUE (f Halling) 3 wins (1400m-1800m) at 3 and 4.

CORNROW (g New Approach) 3 wins (1600m) at 3 and 4.

MANAABER (f Medicean) Winner (1200m) at 2.

2nd dam: SHARP POINT by Royal Academy. 3 wins (1000m-1600m) at 2 to 4, Tipperary Sprint S, 2nd Phoenix S (G1). Dam of 8 winners:

FRACTIONAL (g Manduro) 9 wins at 3 to 6, Prix Dollar (G2), Prix Messidor (G3), Prix Quincey (G3), La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (G3), 2nd Prix Dollar (G2), 3rd Prix Eugene Adam (G2).

MAYFIELD (f Danehill) Winner at 2. Dam of:

GALLATIN (g Street Cry) Tulloch S (G2).

Union Gap (g Elusive Quality) 3rd Poseidon S.

3rd dam: Nice Point by Sharpen Up. Unraced. Dam of 4 winners:

HIGH TARGET (g High Estate) Happy Valley Trophy, Centenary Cup, 2nd Round Tower S, Sha Tin Trophy, Chairman’s Prize.

4th dam: Alpine Niece by Great Nephew. Dam of 4 winners:

TIROL (c Thatching) 2,000 Guineas (G1), Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1), Craven S (G3), 3rd Grand Prix de Paris (G1). Sire.

Lady Donna (f Dominion) 3rd Molecomb S (G3). Dam of:

LAVERY (c Royal Academy) Phoenix S (G1). Sire.

BASIC INSTINCT (g Bakharoff) Chinese Club Challenge Cup.

RELATIVELY SHARP (f Sharpen Up) 3 wins at 3 and 4. Dam of:

KENITRA (f Head For Heights) 4 wins at 2 to 4. Dam of: KAFFIR (c Alzao) Premio d’Estate, 2nd Premio del Piazzale.

BLUE STRICKS (f Bluebird) 2 wins at 2. Dam of: DELLA SCALA (c Marju) Premio Primi Passi (G3). Sire; TOUTZI (f Vettori) Premio Alessandro Perrone.

Classic Design (f Busted) Unraced. Dam of:

EVENINGPERFORMANCE (f Night Shift) Champion Older Sprint Mare in Britain, Flying Five S (G3), 2nd Nunthorpe S (G1).

Stylish (f Anshan) Unraced. Dam of: STARLISH (c Rock Of Gibraltar) Prix Andre Baboin (G3); SOLENT (g Montjeu) Fenwolf S; STAROS (c Aussie Rules) Prix Maurice Caillault.

 

Stud record
Fine Needle stands his first season in 2019.

Conformation

Race record

His successful career

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Two 4 1 1 1 1
Three 10 2 - 1 3
Four 8 3 1 - 1
Five 6 4 - - 1
Total 28 10 2 2 6

At 2

1st
Maiden race, 1400m, Kyoto.

At 3

1st
Ashiyagawa Tokubetsu, 1200m, Hanshin, beating Great Charter, Nine Tails, Ultima Blood, Contessa Thule, Omi Alice.
1st
Allowance race, 1200m, Kyoto, by 3½l, beating Saita Three Red.

At 4

1st
Centaur S (G2), 1200m, Hanshin, beating Rhein Meteor, Dance Director, Melagrana, Ultima Blood, Mikki Love Song, Snow Dragon, Fiducia, Lovers Point, Wakino Brave.
1st
Aquamarine S, 1200m, Nakayama, beating Nine Tails.
1st
Minazuki S, 1200m, Hanshin, equalled track record of 1:07.1.
2nd
Yamashiro S, 1200m, Kyoto, to Win Mut, beating Narita Star One, Tagano Azaghal.

At 5 JRA Champion Sprinter / Miler

1st
Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1), 1200m, Chukyo, beating Let’s Go Donki, Nac Venus, Dance Director, Blizzard, Seiun Kosei, Reine Minoru, Red Falx, Snow Dragon, King Heart, Nero, Shining Lei, Nobo Baccara, Reino Tesoro, Rhein Spirit, Rhein Meteor, Jeune Ecole, Diana Halo.
1st
Sprinters S (G1), 1200m, Nakayama, beating Love Kampf, Rhein Spirit, Daimei Princess, Let’s Go Donki, Once In A Moon, Nac Venus, Campbell Junior, Hiruno Devaro, Red Falx, Teehaff, Seiun Kosei, Moonquake, Ares Barows, Snow Dragon, Lucky Bubbles.
1st
Centaur S (G2), 1200m, Hanshin, beating Love Kampf, Great Charter, Rhein Spirit, Nero, Bravissimo, Fumino Moon, Aonbharr, Diana Halo, Asakusa Genki, Regina Forte, Win Soiree.
1st
Silk Road S (G3), 1200m, Kyoto, by 2l, beating Seiun Kosei, Fumino Moon, Karakurenai, Nac Venus, Great Charter, Second Table, King Heart, Lord Quest, Ares Barows, Mikki Love Song, At The Seaside, Nishiken Mononofu, Diana Halo, Narita Star One, Rhein Meteor.
4th
Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1), 1200m, Sha Tin, to Ivictory, Mr Stunning, Beat The Clock, beating Lucky Bubbles, Peniaphobia, Cousin Colin, Thewizardofoz, Blue Point.

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