Youngstar’s First Foal Makes Winning Debut in Japan

The Group 1 BRC Queensland Oaks heroine Youngstar is the latest Australian export to leave a mark in Japan, with her first foal Eri King, making an exciting debut over 1800m on the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen undercard at Kyoto on Sunday.

Ridden by Yuga Kawada for Mitsumasa Nakauchida, the son of Kizuna went off a short-priced favourite and, despite being caught wide the trip, still found plenty in the run home to defeat the Epiphaneia colt Sarakosth by one and a half lengths with the Kizuna Chic a further one and three-quarter lengths back in third.

A daughter of High Chaparral (IRE), Bowness Stud yearling graduate Youngstar (pictured below as a yearling) banked over $1,000,000 on the track before selling to Katsumi Yoshida for $1,400,000 at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale.

Youngstar, who was also a Bowness Stud yearling sale graduate, was joined in Japan a year later by her Group 1 ATC Flight Stakes winning half-sister Funstar (Adelaide), who cost Yoshida $2,700,000 on Inglis Digital.

Eri King was the first lot through the ring at the 2023 Select Yearling Sale. Consigned by Northern Farm, he was a 231,000,000 yen (approx. $2.2m) purchase for Susumu Fujita, the eighth most expensive lot of the sale and one of eight yearlings purchased by Fujita.

After missing to Kitasan Black in 2022, Youngstar foaled a filly by the champion Contrail earlier this year.

Image: Yuuichi_h, Copy: Breednet

Fourth Winner For D’Argento

Fourth Winner For D’Argento

Bowness Stud have a lot of faith in their gorgeous So You Think stallion D’Argento and he added a fourth winner to his tally at Newcastle on Saturday with an impressive debut victory for the Ryan and Alexiou trained gelding Bitten By Barry.


James Daly,
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Bowness Stud & Watershed Farm Moppity Road, Young, NSW 2594