Frankel colt among JRHA Select Sale leaders
A Frankel colt foal out of US Gr.1 winner Callback made 240 million Yen (£1,570,000) at the JHRA Select Sale yesterday.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 14th July 2021, by Kelsey Riley:
Frankel is having a stellar season and currently holds a narrow lead over his sire Galileo on the European sires' table, and his proficiency has extended to Japan; in fact, it was there that he posted his first Group 1 win as a sire with the subsequent Classic winner Soul Stirring in the 2016 Gr.1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, and he now has three Group 1 winners in Japan with Mozu Ascot and Grenadier Guards also making the grade. It should have come as no surprise, then, that his lone horse in the JRHA Select Sale would be popular, and lot 329, a colt foal out of Gr.1 Las Virgenes Stakes winner Callback, certainly was that when selling to Thoroughbred Club Lion for -240-million (£1,571,566) - the fourth-highest price of the session on Tuesday.
"This is an outstanding individual," said trainer Yoshito Yahagi, who signed the ticket. "I visited Northern Farm for inspection three times and I have a feeling this colt has been getting better, better and better. While he may not be a typical Frankel, I like him a lot and am sure he is worth paying this amount of money." The colt is the third foal out of Callback, who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $2 million in foal to Medaglia d'Oro at Keeneland November in 2019.