Memory of Sunday Silence -30 years since he first entered the breeding shed. | Trainer’s magazine


“Thoroughbreds can be bought or sold,” says Teruya Yoshida of Shadai Farm, who bought Sunday Silence out of America in late 1990 and turned it into a global force. “While Nasrullah sired Bold Ruler, who changed the breeding capital of the world from Europe to the United States, one stallion can change the world. Sunday Silence is exactly such a stallion for the Japanese thoroughbred industry.

Sunday Silence has been dead for almost 20 years, but the Japanese bull table remains an ode to its influence.

In 2020, Deep Impact notched his ninth consecutive bull championship with Orfevre, son of Heart’s Cry and Stay Gold, third and fourth. Seven of the top 12 graduates were sons or grandsons of Sunday Silence.

Another descendant, Deep Impact’s son Kizuna was the country’s first second crop bull. Deep Impact himself was the best two-year-old bull.

On the other hand, it is estimated that up to about 70% of the Japanese brood mare population have Sunday Silence in the background.

During all this time, his influence remains on a global rise in power, in particular through the respect paid to Deep Impact. A horse that has skillfully built on the international momentum created by Sunday Silence, his own sire sons today range from the winners of the European Classic Study Of Man and Saxon Warrior – who are based in Britain and Ireland – to a deep national shoal led by proven bulls. Kizuna, Mikki Isle and Real Impact.

In short, the thoroughbred owes a lot to Sunday Silence.

Not auspicious beginnings

Go back to 1988, however, and the mere idea of ​​Sunday Silence as one of the breed’s grandfathers would have been laughable.

For starters, he almost died twice before he even entered training.


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