Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:23 pm | Back to: Shared News Europe Updated: February 8, 2021 at 5:34 pm Lys Gracieux colt by Maurice | Courtesy Northern Horse Park By Alan Carasso Between them, they won two Japanese Horse of the Year titles, three additional divisional awards and four major races on foreign soil. Late Sunday evening, Lys Gracieux (Jpn) (Heart's Cry Jpn) was represented by her first foal when she produced a colt by the brilliant Maurice (Jpn) (Screen Hero Jpn). Trained by Yoshito Yahagi and carrying the green-and-white colours of Carrot Farm, Lys Gracieux retired to stud in 2019 after winning seven of her 22 trips to the post, four of which came at the highest level. The dark bay, now seven, defeated her peers for a maiden Group 1 in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in 2018 before just failing to catch Exultant (Ire) (Teofilo Ire) in that year's G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase. She concluded her career with defeats of males in her final three appearances–the G1 Takarazuka Kinen, the G1 Cox Plate in Melbourne (see below) and a smashing five-length success over two-time Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa Jpn) and others in the G1 Arima Kinen (video). She was named Horse of the Year in 2019. WATCH: Lys Gracieux rolls home in the Cox Plate Maurice was campaigned by Kazumi Yoshida and came to hand as a 4-year-old, winning the G1 Yasuda Kinen, G1 Mile Championship and G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile in succession in 2015 to secure Horse of the Year honours. He added an additional three top-level scores in 2016, easily taking the G1 Champions' Mile back at Sha Tin in May before wrapping up his career with facile wins in the G1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) and G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup, both over 2000 metres. From his first crop to the races in 2020, Maurice was the sire of 32 winners for progeny earnings of better than ¥393 million. He was second to Duramente (Jpn) in each of those categories. He is the sire of Group 3 winner Pixie Knight (Jpn) and four other black-type performers. Maurice is also the sire of 3-year-old colt Buena Ventura (Jpn), a son of 2010 Horse of the Year Buena Vista (Jpn) (Special Week Jpn), and is also responsible for the 3-year-old filly Geraldina (Jpn), whose dam Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact Jpn) was Japan's Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2014. Gentildonna is due to Maurice for 2021. Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up for the daily PDF or alerts. This story was posted in Shared News Europe and tagged Arima Kinen, Carrot Farm, Cox Plate, Horse of the Year, Horse Racing, Japan, Kazumi Yoshida, Lys Gracieux (Jpn), Maurice.
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