1998 gr. 16.5hh (1.68m)
French Deputy – Blue Avenue
2019 Fee : PRIVATE

Proven sire for both turf and dirt. Sire of NHK Mile Cup – G1 winner Aerolithe and Group 3 winner T M Jinsoku on dirt in 2017.



French Deputy
1992 ch.
Deputy Minister
1979 dk.b.
Vice Regent Northern Dancer Nearctic
Victoria Regina Menetrier
Mint Copy Bunty's Flight Bunty Lawless
Shakney Jabneh
Grass Shack
1981 b.
Hold Your Peace Speak John Prince John
Nuit de Folies
Blue Moon Eight Thirty
Blue Grail
Laredo Lass Bold Ruler Nasrullah
Miss Disco
Fortunate Isle Ambiorix
Blue Avenue
1990 g.
Classic Go Go
1978 b.
Pago Pago Matrice Masthead
La Patrice
Pompilia Abbots Fell
Pagan Queen
Classic Perfection Never Bend Nasrullah
Mira Femme Dumpty Humpty
Mlle. Somebody
Eliza Blue
1983 g.
Icecapade Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Shenanigans Native Dancer
Bold Irish
Corella Roberto Hail to Reason
Catania Pride of Kildare

inbreeding / Nearctic 5S×4D, Nasrullah 5S×5D


Age Country Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2JPN4211(1)JPY 26,760,000
3JPN64(4)01(1)JPY 343,475,000
Total106(4)12(2)JPY 370,235,000
  • 3yo (2001) JRA Best Dirt Horse, Dirt Grade Race Champion Horse
Age FP Race Name · Grade Race Course Dist. Finish Time
21stErica ShoHanshinT2000m2.01.2 R
2-Year-Old NewcomerKyotoT2000m2.00.7 R
3rdRadio Nikkei Hai Sansai Stakes-LHanshinT2000m2.01.4
31stJapan Cup Dirt-LTokyoD2100m2.05.9 R
NHK Mile Cup-LTokyoT1600m1.33.0
Musashino Stakes-LTokyoD1600m1.33.3 R
Mainichi Hai-LHanshinT2000m1.58.6
3rdKobe Shimbun Hai-LHanshinT2000m1.59.6
5thTokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)-LTokyoT2400m2.27.9


Kurofune entered stud in Japan in 2002. He was crowned Japanese Dirt Champion Sire in 2009 and 2010. He was ranked 2nd on the Japanese Leading Sire list in 2011.
In 2018, his daughter Aerolithe, the 2017 Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup winner, took the Grade 2 Mainichi Okan beating the boys again. In additon to her, T M Jinsoku won the Grade 2 Tokai Stakes and Oken Believe captured the Jpn3 Cluster Cup.
He was ranked 9th on the JRA Leading Sire list and 10th on the Japanese Leading Sire list in 2018.


  • Whale Capture(2008, grey, mare) Global Peace by Sunday Silence(USA) PHOTO >

    30 starts 7 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY532,316,000
    1st: Victoria Mile-G1(Tokyo, T1600m), Fuchu Himba Stakes-G2(Tokyo, T1800m), Rose Stakes-G2(Hanshin, T1800m), Tokyo Shimbun Hai-G3(Tokyo, T1600m), Queen Cup-G3(Tokyo, T1600m), Fuyo Stakes-OP(Nakayama, T1600m); 2nd: Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas)-G1, Victoria Mile-G1, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies-G1; 3rd: Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks)-G1, Shuka Sho-G1, Sapporo Kinen-G2, Fuchu Himba Stakes-G2, Fantasy Stakes-G3; 4th: Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ Commemorative Cup-G1, Victoria Mile-G1; 5th: Hanshin Cup-G2, Nakayama Himba Stakes-G3

  • Up to Date(2010, grey, horse) Linear Muse by Tony Bin(IRE) PHOTO >

    2015 JRA Best Steeplechase Horse
    37 starts 10 wins in JRA & NAR (incl. 22 starts 8 wins in JRA Jump Race), Earn JPY488,205,000
    1st: Nakayama Daishogai(Nakayama, 4100m), Nakayama Grand Jump(Nakayama, 4250m, NTR), Hanshin Spring Jump (Hanshin, 3900m), Hanshin Jump Stakes(Hanshin, 3140m) twice, Kokura Summer Jump(Kokura, 3390m); 2nd: Hyogo Junior Grand Prix-L, Nakayama Daishogai (twice), Nakayama Grand Jump, Hanshin Spring Jump(twice), Hanshin Jump Stakes, Kokura Summer Jump (twice); 3rd: Zennippon Nisai Yushun-L, Nakayama Grand Jump; 4th: Hanshin Spring Jump

  • Curren Chan(2007, grey, mare) Spring Ticket by Tony Bin(IRE) PHOTO >

    2011 JRA Best Sprinter or Miler
    2012 JRA Best Older Filly or Mare
    18 starts 9 wins in JRA & HK, Earn JPY449,061,000, HK$460,000
    1st: Sprinters Stakes-G1(Nakayama, T1200m), Takamatsunomiya Kinen-G1(Chukyo, T1200m), Hanshin Himba Stakes-G2(Hanshin, T1400m), Keeneland Cup-G3(Sapporo, T1200m), Hakodate Sprint Stakes-G3(Hakodate, T1200m); 2nd:Sprinters Stakes-G1; 4th: Centaur Stakes-G2, Ocean Stakes-G3; 5th: Hong Kong Sprint-G1

  • Aerolithe(2014, grey, mare) Asterix by Neo Universe PHOTO >

    14 starts 4 wins in JRA & USA, Earn JPY338,020,000, US$350,000
    1st: NHK Mile Cup-G1(Tokyo, T1600m), Mainichi Okan-G2 (Tokyo, T1800m), Queen Stakes-G3(Sapporo, T1800m); 2nd: Yasuda Kinen-G1, Nakayama Kinen-G2, Queen Cup-G3, Fairy Stakes-G3; 4th: Victoria Mile-G1; 5th: Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas)-G1

  • Sleepless Night(2004, bay, mare) What Katy Did(USA) by Nureyev(USA) PHOTO >

    2008 JRA Best Sprinter or Miler
    18 starts 9 wins in JRA, Earn JPY373,165,000
    1st: Sprinters Stakes-G1(Nakayama, T1200m), CBC Sho-G3(Chukyo, T1200m), Kitakyushu Kinen-L(Kokura, T1200m), Ritto Stakes-L(Kyoto, D1200m), Keiyo Stakes-OP(Nakayama, D1200m); 2nd: Takamatsunomiya Kinen-G1, Centaur Stakes-G2

  • T M Jinsoku(2012, grey, horse) My Discovery by Forty Niner (USA)

    30 starts 9 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY308,130,000
    1st: Tokai Stakes-G2 (Chukyo, D1800m), Miyako Stakes-G3 (Kyoto, D1800m), Marine Stakes-L (Hakodate, D1700m); 2nd: Champions Cup-G1, Elm Stakes-G3; 4th: Nippon TV Hai-L ; sire

  • White Fugue(2012, grey, mare) Marine Winner by Fuji Kiseki PHOTO >

    23 starts 10 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY291,415,000
    1st: JBC Ladies Classic-L(Ohi, D1800m/ Kawasaki, D1600m) twice, Sakitama Hai-L(Urawa, D1400m), Kanto Oaks-L(Kawasaki, D2100m), TCK Jo-O Hai-L(Ohi, D1800m), Sparking Lady Cup-L(Kawasaki, D1600m), Marine Cup-L(Funabashi, D1600m), Tango Stakes-OP(Kyoto, D1400m); 2nd: Ladies Prelude-L(twice); 3rd: Ladies Prelude-L, TCK Jo-O Hai-L, Breeders' Gold Cup-L; 4th: Sparking Lady Cup-L; 5th: Sakitama Hai-L

  • Fusaichi Richard(2003, grey, horse) Fusaichi Airedale by Sunday Silence(USA) PHOTO >

    2005 JRA Best Two-Year-Old Colt
    24 starts 5 wins in JRA & UAE, Earn JPY278,782,000, US$20,000
    1st: Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes-L(Nakayama, T1600m), Hanshin Cup-L(Hanshin, T1400m), Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes-L(Tokyo, T1800m, NTR), Hagi Stakes-OP(Kyoto, T1800m); 2nd: Swan Stakes-G2, Spring Stakes-L, Kyodo News Service Hai-L; 4th: Kobe Shimbun Hai-L; 5th: Keio Hai Spring Cup-G2, Musashino Stakes-G3, Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas)-L ; sire

  • Bravo Daisy(2005, grey, mare) Bravo Sunrise by Sunday Silence(USA)

    38 starts 5 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY229,870,000
    1st: Fukushima Himba Stakes-G3(Fukushima, T1800m), Empress Hai-L(Kawasaki, D2100m); 2nd: Victoria Mile-G1, March Stakes-G3, Aichi Hai-G3, Fukushima Himba Stakes-G3, Empress Hai-L; 3rd: Musashino Stakes-G3, TCK Jo-O Hai-L

  • Earth Sonic(2009, bay, horse) Diamond Pierce by Sakura Yutaka O

    48 starts 6 wins in JRA, Earn JPY229,374,000
    1st: Keihan Hai-G3(Kyoto, T1200m); 2nd: Hakodate Sprint Stakes-G3: 3rd: Keihan Hai-G3(twice), Ibis Summer Dash-G3(twice); 4th: Centaur Stakes-G2

  • Meiner Crop(2010, grey, horse) Great Harvest by Sunday Silence(USA)

    51 starts 9 wins in JRA & NAR (incl. 4 starts 2 wins in JRA Jump Race), Earn JPY217,625,000
    1st: March Stakes-G3(Nakayama, D1800m), Saga Kinen-L(Saga, D2000m), Pegasus Jump Stakes (Nakayama, 3350m); 2nd: Saga Kinen-L; 5th: Heian Stakes-G3

  • Seiko Raiko(2007, bay, horse) Fine Seiko by Sunday Silence(USA)

    37 starts 7 wins in JRA, Earn JPY213,592,000
    1st: Ibis Summer Dash-G3(Niigata, T1000m), Idaten Stakes-OP(Niigata, T1000m); 3rd: Silk Road Stakes-G3; 4th: Silk Road Stakes-G3, Ocean Stakes-G3, Ibis Summer Dash-G3, Hakodate Sprint Stakes-G3(twice)

  • Clarity Sky(2012, bay, horse) Taiki Clarity by Special Week PHOTO >

    27 starts 3 wins in JRA, Earn JPY209,823,000
    1st: NHK Mile Cup-G1(Tokyo, T1600m), Icho Stakes-L(Tokyo, T1600m); 2nd: Nakayama Kimpai-G3; 3rd: Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes-G1, Kokura Daishoten-G3; 4th: Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap-G3: 5th: Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas)-G1

  • Impulse Hero(2010, bay, horse) Classical Taste by Sunday Silence(USA)

    28 starts 4 wins(incl. 3 starts in JRA Jump Race), Earn JPY140,203,000
    1st: Falcon Stakes-G3(Chukyo, T1400m), Kochi Stakes-L(Nakayama, T1600m); 2nd: NHK Mile Cup-G1; 3rd: Lord Derby Challenge Trophy-G3

  • Jeune Ecole(2014, bay, mare) Luminous Point by Agnes Tachyon

    17 starts 4 wins in JRA, Earn JPY132,395,000
    1st: Daily Hai Nisai Stakes-G2(Kyoto, T1600m), Hakodate Sprint Stakes-G3(Hakodate, T1200m, NTR), Kikyo Stakes-OP(Hanshin, T1400m); 4th: Fillies' Revue-G2

  • Oken Believe(2013, grey, mare) Bisque Doll by Sunday Silence (USA)

    25 starts 6 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY129,116,000
    1st: Cluster Cup-L (Morioka, D1200m); 2nd: Oval Sprint-L, Sparking Lady Cup-L

  • Yukichan(2005, white, mare) Shirayukihime by Sunday Silence(USA)

    17 starts 5 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY126,287,000
    1st: Kanto Oaks-L(Kawasaki, D2100m), TCK Jo-O Hai-L(Ohi, D1800m), Queen Sho-L(Funabashi, D1800m); 2nd: TCK Jo-O Hai-L, Queen Sho-L; 3rd: Marine Cup-L

  • Odile(2005, grey, mare) Kynthia(GB) by Darshaan(GB)

    16 starts 3 wins in JRA, Earn JPY120,291,000
    1st: Fantasy Stakes-L(Kyoto, T1200m); 3rd: Hanshin Himba Stakes-G2, Tulip Sho-L; 4th: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies-L, Rose Stakes-L

  • Kurofune Surprise(2010, grey, mare) Iron Bridge by Tony Bin(IRE)

    12 starts 3 wins in JRA, Earn JPY89,725,000
    1st: Tulip Sho-G3(Hanshin T1600m); 2nd: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies-G1; 4th: Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas)-G1

  • White Melody(2004, grey, mare) Drum Melody(USA) by Seeking the Gold(USA)

    9 starts 4 wins in JRA & NAR, Earn JPY80,850,000
    1st: Kanto Oaks-L(Kawasaki, D2100m), Queen Sho-L(Funabashi, D1800m)