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Leading Japanese sire Agnes Tachyon dies.

Byline: Nancy Sexton

AGNES TACHYON, last season's leading sire in Japan, died of a heart attack on Monday at Shadai Farm. The son of Sunday Silence was 11 years old.

Although represented by only five crops of racing age, Agnes Tachyon is the sire of 17 stakes winners, including champions Daiwa Scarlet, winner of last season's Arima Kinen, Deep Sky, winner of the Japanese Derby, and Little Amapola, winner of the Queen

Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup.

He is also the sire of last year's Japanese 2,000 Guineas winner Captain Thule and 2006 Hong Kong Cup winner Logic.

Agnes Tachyon did not take long to become one of the most highly regarded stallions in Japan, producing 25 two-yearold winners in his first crop to become Japan's leading firstseason sire in 2005.

He also reached second place in that year's leading two-year-old sires' list behind Sunday Silence before going one better in 2006 and 2007, the same years that he was crowned champion second- and third-crop sire.

He won his first Japanese champion sires' title in 2008 and lies in fourth place on this year's leading list.

A bowed tendon restricted Agnes Tachyon's racing career to just four starts, which was capped by victories in the Group 2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho and Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2,000 Guineas).

He was a brother to Japanese Derby winner Agnes Flight out of

Japanese champion Agnes Flora, herself a daughter of 1979 Japanese Oaks winner Agnes Lady.

According to Weatherbys' statistics, there is just one horse by Agnes Tachyon in training in Britain or Ireland. He is a two-year-old colt out of Japanese Oaks heroine Silk Prima Donna, and is trained by Luca Cumani for owner Patinack Farm, which paid 64 million yen (approximately pounds 407,000/EUR479,000) for him at last year's JHRA foal and yearling sale..

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Champion Daiwa Scarlet, winner of last season's Group 1 Arima Kinen, is one of 17 stakes winners by Agnes Tachyon
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2009
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