BLAST ONEPIECE became the fourth elite winner for sire sensation Harbinger by winning the Grade 1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday, adding his name to an illustrious roll of honour that includes Deep Impact, Gentildonna and dual winner Orfevre. The result was further evidence of how dominant Shadai Stallion Station is in Japan, with Blast Onepiece followed home by seven other offspring of Shadai stallions, including King Kamehameha colt Rey De Oro in second and 6yo Heart’s Cry entire Cheval Grand in third. The winner has a light pedigree for a Group One winner, though is a grandson of Tsurumaru Glamor, a Listed placed half-sister to the Grade 2 Nakayama Nikkei Sho scorer Al Nasrain, who amassed over ¥300 million ($2.7 million) in career earnings.
Harbinger, who will command a fee of ¥6m, next spring, sired his first top flight winner when Deirdre landed the Shuka Sho at Kyoto in October last year. The runaway King George winner did not have long to wait for his second and third either, with Mozu Katchan successful in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup and Persian Knight prevailing in the Mile Championship, both run at the same course the following month.