Zenno Rob Roy has first and third in Japan's Oaks; INTERNATIONAL BLOODSTOCK WEEKLY.
Both dead-heaters raced in midfield on rain-softened going at Tokyo and, turning wide into the straight, fought a duel in the closing stages.
Apapane was the only previous Group 1 winner in the field, having won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in December and the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) last month. By Kingmambo stallion King Kamehameha, she is out of the Americanbred Salt Lake mare Salty Bid.
Saint Emilion was bred by Shadai Farm and is a first-crop daughter of the operation's stallion Zenno Rob Roy, a three-time Group 1 winner in Japan who was narrowly beaten into second by Electrocutionist in the 2005 International Stakes.
Zenno Rob Roy, by the late Japanese breeding industry-revolutionising Sunday Silence, also supplied the third horse home in the Yushun Himba, Agnes Waltz.
France GOLDIKOVA stole the limelight with an impressive comeback win in the Prix d'Ispahan, but another filly, Sarafina, served notice of her promise with a comfortable victory in the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary.
Sarafina saw off the challenge of runner-up Deluxe (out of Juddmonte's star broodmare Hasili and so a half-sister to Banks Hill, Champs Elysees, Dansili et al) and the third, last season's Fillies' Mile heroine Hibaayeb. However, she had to overcome a stewards enquiry after seeming to hamper another rival.
The filly is owned and bred by the Aga Khan and is a half-sister to dual Listed winner Sanaya. She gave her sire Refuse To Bend, who underwent a change of scenery and a considerable fee cut after a slightly disappointing start to his stud career, a first Group 1 winner.
In the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier, last year's St Leger runner-up Kite Wood made an encouraging return to action, winning by just under a length from Kasbah Bliss. Kite Wood, a son of Galileo, was bred by Elsdon Farms out of the Mark Of Esteem mare Kite Mark, from the family of Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Indian Haven.
Last year's Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud runner-up Mikhail Glinka is bred on the same cross of Galileo and Mark Of Esteem.
Germany BIG SHUFFLE stallion Areion continued his fine run of form in May.
The Gestt Evershorst resident supplied the German 1,000 Guineas winner Kali on the first day of the month; another daughter, Prakasa, landed the Group 3 Karin Baronin von Ullmann Schwarzgold-Rennen on Monday, and Vanjura won the Group 2 Diana-Trial on Sunday.
Prakasa is owned by her breeder Gestt Park Wiedingen and is out of the Lomitas mare Pebbles Beach, from the immediate family of Deutsches Derby fourth Provolino and smart German miler Pardus.
Vanjura, meanwhile, was bred in Germany by Matthias Barth and went unsold at the 2008 BBAG October yearling sale for n28,000.
Vancovia, her half-sister by Dream Well, was a Listed winner over 1m1f in 2008.
Apapane (left) and Saint Emilion dead-heat in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 27, 2010|
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