Golden Sixty Half-Sister Booked To Medaglia d’Oro

Golden Sister (Aus) (Capitalist {Aus}), a 3-year-old half-sister to dual Hong Kong Horse of the Year, seven-time Group 1 winner and $16-million earner Golden Sixty (Aus), will be bred to the latter’s Darley America-based stallion Medaglia d’Oro to Northern Hemisphere time in 2023. The news was confirmed by Denys Chan, agent for All Winners Thoroughbreds, who purchased the filly for A$425,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2021, and Darley’s Darren Fox.

Like Golden Sixty, Golden Sister was bred by the Hutchins family’s Asco International Pty Ltd. and was offered by Element Hill at the Gold Coast sale a matter of weeks after Golden Sixty knocked out his first top-level victory in the Longines Hong Kong Mile. Element Hill’s Josh Hutchins always held the Capitalist filly in high regard, telling TDNAusNZ, “She’s probably one of the best types on our farm. She is up there with one of the best-looking foals we have had,” following Golden Sixty’s win in the 2020 Hong Kong Classic Mile, four months after Golden Sister was foaled.

According to the Australian Stud Book, the bay filly was exported to the U.S. July 27, 2022–a trip that included stops in Doha, Amsterdam and Chicago–and took up residence at Dr. Naoya and Marie Yoshida’s Winchester Farm in Lexington a short time later. Marie Yoshida often represents Asian interests at Australian bloodstock sales and hip 336 was very much on her radar at the Gold Coast.

“I always try to inspect many yearlings by new, young stallions and the Capitalist filly was very attractive and made my short list,” Marie Yoshida said. “I gave her an A+ for conformation and walk.”

Ironically, Marie Yoshida maintains a close relationship with the Liang family, owners of California Spangle (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}), who denied Golden Sixty a third straight victory in the Hong Kong Mile last December.

Capitalist, a son of Written Tycoon (Aus), was named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after winning in listed company on debut in October 2015 and added the G1 Longines Golden Slipper S. the following March. From just three crops of racing age, he is the sire of 10 black-type winners, four at the group level, including juvenile Group 1 winner Captivant (Aus).

Yoshida said that it took Golden Sister a few weeks to acclimatize to her new surroundings and ‘make new friends’, but has now settled into life in the Bluegrass as she awaits her date at Darley.

“She is average size and Medaglia d’Oro will complement her very well,” Yoshida said. “It is nice that we have plenty of experience with Southern Hemisphere fillies.”

Chan confirmed that Golden Sister will remain in the Northern Hemisphere for the immediate future.

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