Saturday, March 25, 2017
Sciacchetra gained the first grade glory as he won the Nikkei Sho under Hironobu Tanabe at Nakayama on Saturday.
Tanabe settled his horse down, far off the pace, early on and he moved up gradually on the final bend before producing a great burst of finishing stride.
Second was, a 3/4-length behind, Miraieno Tsubasa with another head away Admire Deus third. Race favorite Gold Actor finished fifth.
The final time for the 2,500-meter distace was 2 minutes 32.80 seconds.
Sciacchetra, who improved his career record to 6-4-1-1, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Manhattan Cafe out of Samaaha, by Singspiel.
Having run at the second spot, Al Ain went into front in the early stretch to win the Mainichi Hai at Hanshin on Saturday.
In the hands of Kohei Matsuyama, he won the grade three 1,800-meter race in 1 minute 46.50 seconds.
Race favorite Satono Arthur came from dead last to finish second, a 1/2-length behind. Another 1/2-length behind, Kiseki was third.
Al Ain, who has now won three of his four races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Dubai Majesty, by Essence of Dubai.
Friday, March 24, 2017
A field of 18 horses has been drawn for the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.
The g1 Sprinters Stakes winner Red Falx, well beaten in the Hong Kong Sprint last out, drew post 7. Melagrana(AUS), an impressive winner of the g3 Ocean Stakes, drew post 12. The g3 Kyoto Himba Stakes winner Let's Go Donki drew post 3. Shuji, who had an undesired finish in the g3 Hankyu Hai last month, drew post 9. Solveig, sixth in the g3 Sil Road Stakes, drew post 13.
The field for the wide-open 1,200-meter Takamatsunomiya Kinen is:
1 Teehaff, 7h, 57, Yusaku Kokubun
2 Fiero, 8h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
3 Let's Go Donki, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
4 Rhein Spirit, 6h, 57, Kazuma Mori
5 Red Arion, 7h, 57, Yuji Hishida
6 Seiun Kosei, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
7 Red Falx, 6h, 57, Mirco Demuro
8 Bakushin Teio, 8h, 57, Andrasch Starke(JPN)
9 Shuji, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
10 Xmas, 6m, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
11 Snow Dragon, 9h, 57, Takuya Ono
12 Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 55, Keita Tosaki
13 Solveig, 4f, 55, Hironobu Tanabe
14 Talking Drum, 7h, 57, Kota Fujioka
15 Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 57, Hirofumi Shii
16 Tosho Piste, 5h, 57, Yutaka Yoshida
17 Nac Venus, 4f, 55, Yukito Ishikawa
18 Once in a Moon, 4f, 55, Syu Ishibashi
Nakayama hosts the grade three March Stakes on Sunday, March 26.
A total of 16 dirt runners have been entered for the 1,800-meter race.
Asukano Roman, Cosmo Canadian and London Town are the likely leading contenders.
The field for the March Stakes is:
1 Happy Sprint, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
2 Shonan Apollon, 7h, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
3 Pit Boss, 4c, 55, Yoshitomi Shibata
4 Incantation, 7h, 57.5, Masaki Katsuura
5 Altair, 5h, 54, Katsuharu Tanaka
6 Meisho Sumitomo, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
7 Dear Domus, 5h, 54, Teruo Eda
8 Regent Rock, 6h, 55, Masami Matsuoka
9 Meiner Crop, 7h, 56, Takayuki Kato
10 Kokusuisen, 4c, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama
11 Cosmo Canadian, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
12 London Town, 4c, 57, Yuichi Shibayama
13 Silk Dreamer, 8h, 53, Akihide Tsumura
14 Asukano Roman, 6h, 58, Hatsuhiro Kowata
15 Dia del Rey, 6h, 55, Takuya Kowata
16 Strong Souther, 6h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
The grade two Nikkei Sho for 4-year-olds and upwards will be run on Saturday at Nakayama Racecourse.
Having finished a narrow third in the g1 Arima Kinen last time out, grade one winner Gold Actor returns to his favorite course. This horse won this event last season. Sciacchetra, a lightly race colt who finished a narrow second in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai, makes the first appearance on the Nakayama course to bid for a first grade success. Rainbow Line and the 2016 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 guineas) winner Dee Majesty had placed sixth and 13th, respectively, in the Japan Cup.
The field for the 2,500-meter race on turf is:
1 Fermezza, 6h, 56, Keita Tosaki
2 Recondite, 7h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
3 Yamakatsu Raiden, 5h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
4 Prince Pesca, 7h, 56, Teruo Eda
5 Nasuno Seikan, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Dee Majesty, 4c, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
7 Meiner Sage, 5h, 56, Daichi Shibata
8 Jun Vulcan, 4c, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Rainbow Line, 4c, 55, Mirco Demuro
10 Admire Deus, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
11 Miraieno Tsubasa, 4c, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
12 Gold Actor, 6h, 57, Hayato Yoshida
13 Sciacchetra, 4c, 55, Hironobu Tanabe
14 Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
15 Tosen Reve, 9h, 56, Yukito Ishikawa
16 Meiner Medalist, 9h, 56, Takuya Ono
Eight 3-year-old colts have been entered for the grade three Mainichi Hai at Hanshin on Saturday.
Satono Arthur, second in the Kisaragi Sho, is likely to be the favorite. He drew post 1. Clear the Track takes on this grade race afer winning at the lower level. Gun Salute finished a neck second in the g3 Keisei Hai last outing. Trust and Al Ain finished fourth and sixth in the g3 Shinzan Kinen respectively.
The post position with riders for the 1,800-meter Mainichi is:
1 Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
2 T M Hittamage, Ken Tanaka
3 Al Ain, Kohei Matsuyama
4 Clear the Track, Hirofumi Shii
5 Trust, Yuji Tannai
6 Kiseki, Andrasch Starke
7 Platinum Bullet, Kenichi Ikezoe
8 Gun Salute, Yuichi Kitamura
Monday, March 20, 2017
After sailing at the second spot, the heavy favorite Fan Dii Na took a lead entering the stretch en route to winning the grade three 1,800-meter Flower Cup under Yasunari Iwata at Nakayama Racecourse on Monday.
With Iwata's hands barely moving, Fan Dii Na cantered to the post in 1 minute 48.70 seconds for the final time.
A 5-length behind, See's Lullaby was second with Draw a Card third, another neck away.
Fan Dii Na is a 3-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of the Pivotal mare Dream of Genie.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Win Bright began to make a move before the final bend and then accelerated throughout the stretch to win the grade two Spring Stakes under Masami Matsuoka in 1 minute 48.40 seconds over 1,800 meters at Nakayama.
A 1/2-length behind, Outliers finished second with Platina Voice, another 1/2-length away, third. Race favorite Satono Ares finished fourth.
Win Bright is a 3-year-old grey colt by Stay Gold out of Summer Eternity, by Admire Cozzene.
Satono Diamond got off to a good start for his 2017 season as Christophe Lemaire led him to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. After running far off the pace, the heavy favorite showed a great turn of foot in the late stage.
Second was Cheval Grand with Tosen Basil, a 2 1/2-length behind, third. The final time for the grade two 3,000-meter race on firm ground was 3 minutes 2.60 seconds.
Satono Diamond is a 4-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.