Gold Actor, who has won last five outings including the grade one Arima Kinen, heads a field of 18 entered for the Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto Racecourse. Regular rider Hayato Yoshida will mount on him to break from post 17.
The main opponents to Gold Actor are likely to: Kitasan Black, winner of last year's Kikuka Sho; Hanshin Daishoten winner Cheval Grand; Sounds of Earth, who nearly missed winning the big race in several occasions and Fame Game, runner-up in this race last year.
The post time for the 3,200-meter marathon race will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 1.
The field in post position order with riders is:
1 Kitasan Black, Yutaka Take
2 Twinkle, Masaki Katsuura
3 Curren Mirotic, Kenichi Ikezoe
4 Tosen Reve, Koshiro Take
5 Fame Game, Hugh Bowman
6 Admire Deus, Yasunari Iwata
7 Fata Morgana, Hiroyuki Uchida
8 Cheval Grand, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 Toho Jackal, Manabu Sakai
10 Albert, Christophe Lemaire
11 Tanta Alegria, Masayoshi Ebina
12 Yamanin Voielactee, Genki Maruyama
13 Meiner Medalist, Daichi Shibata
14 Satono Noblesse, Ryuji Wada
15 Sounds of Earth, Yusuke Fujioka
16 Phantom Light, Kosei Miura
17 Gold Actor, Hayato Yoshida
18 Reve Mistral, Yuga Kawada
All starters carry 58 kgs.