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Monday, September 15, 2003



SEKIGUCHI'S NEW APPROACH



Fusao Sekiguchi will provide trainers on all continents an opportunity to train his US$2.79 million Sunday Silence foal - from the last crop of the reigning champion sire - a colt out of Seto Flowerian (Bellotto). "Whoever feels confident to take up the task will be welcomed," said Sekiguchi.


The Sunday Silence foal was acquired by Sekiguchi in July at the Select Foal Sale in Hokkaido. The sale-topping price of US$2.79 million (330,000,000 yen) was the third highest in Japan's foal sale history, following a US$3 million (350,000,000 yen) colt by Tosho Boy out of Riki Sun Sun and a colt by Sunday Silence out of Dancing Key which marked US$2.8 million (335,000,000 yen).

The destination of the Sunday Silence foal was the main source of interest during the whole summer meet. Amidst all the speculation, the Japanese entrepreneur, well-known for his international success with Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, has announced his new plan concerning the much talked about colt.

The plan is to offer the colt to the trainer most eager to train him. Sekiguchi's unconventional idea to call upon trainers from the international scene to step up and take up the opportunity to train the multi-million dollar colt was one of his venture-minded attempts to pursue the best scenario for his investment.

"I am seeking a trainer who is not afraid to take risks to make this endeavour a success," added Sekiguchi. "I want a trainer who will not be intimidated by the circumstances but to put in his best to train the colt. Whoever feels confident to take up the task will be welcomed."

Further details will be released at a later date.


Seto Flowerian (AUS), 1990, dk b or br, by Bellotto out of Yeatsina (Yeats)
5 wins in Australia including the AJC Adrian Knox S. (G3), 2nd in the AJC Oaks (G1).

Dam of Tiger Cafe (Sunday Silence, '99) 2 wins, 2nd in the Japanese 2000 Guinneas.


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