Friday, November 27, 2015

Stage set for 2015 Japan Cup

A maximum field of 18 has been drawn for the 2015 Japan Cup to be run on Sunday, November 29 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Lovely Day has been a great 2015 season with six wins in eight starts including a couple of grade one scores. 
Mikki Queen, one of the prominent 3-year-old fillies, having gained a couple of filly classics, will meet the older top company after bypassing the QE II Cup.
Multiple grade one winner Gold Ship, well-beaten in the Takarazuka Kinen last time out, needs a good start off the gate.
A foreign-trained horse has not won since 2005 when Alkaased(USA) became the Japan Cup hero in record time. 
Erupt(IRE), one of the four foreign entries, has a good chance if he handles the firm ground. 
Ito(GER) may make a good run of form at the front.

The field for the 2,400-meter turf race is: 

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) rider
1 Lovely Day, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada
2 Trip To Paris(IRE), 4g, 57, Tommy Berry
3 One and Only, 4c, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Jungle Cruise, 6g, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
5 Pelusa, 8h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
6 Last Impact, 5h, 57, Ryan Moore
7 Shonan Bach, 4c, 57, Keita Tosaki
8 Erupt(IRE), 3c, 55, Stephane Pasquier
9 Derby Fizz, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
10 Sounds of Earth, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
11 Mikki Queen, 3f, 53, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Gold Ship, 6h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
13 Hit the Target, 7h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
14 Ito(GER), 4c, 57, Filip Minarik
15 Shonan Pandora, 4f, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Curren Mirotic, 7g, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
17 Admire Deus, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
18 Nightflower(IRE), 3f, 53, Andrasch Starke


Big Arthur with career record of 7-6-1-0 tops a field of 15 in the grade three Keihan Hai for 3-year-olds and up.
The 1,200-meter Keihan Hai will run as a main event on the Kyoto Sunday meeting.

1 Bel Canto, 4f, 55, Yutaka Take
2 Satono Lupin, 4c, 56, Ryuji Wada
3 Wakino Brave, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
4 Big Arthur, 4c, 56, Kota Fujioka
5 Ren England, 3c, 55, Yuji Hishida
6 A Shin Bullseye(USA), 4c, 56, Hugh Bowman
7 Amicable Number, 6m, 54, Masaki Katsuura
8 Smart Gear, 10h, 57, Keisuke Dazai
9 Earth Sonic, 6h, 56, Andrea Atzeni
10 Wing the Moon, 6m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Meisho Tsugaru, 7h, 56, Manabu Sakai
12 Copano Richard, 5h, 58, Yoshihiro Furukawa
13 Belle Lumiere, 4f, 54, Shinji Kawashima
14 Sudden Storm, 6h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
15 Fumino Moon, 3c, 55, Hideaki Miyuki


Kyoto's main event on Saturday will be the grade three Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
12 runners will run in the 2,000-meter race on turf.

1 Respect Earth(Manhattan Cafe), c, Keita Tosaki
2 Quelle Freude(King Kamehameha), c, Mirco Demuro
3 Admire Eikan(Heart's Cry), c, Yasunari Iwata
4 Dreadnoughtus(Harbinger), c, Yutaka Take
5 Winkle Salute(Harbinger), f, Shinichiro Akiyama
6 Cannon Storm(Workforce), c, Yuga Kawada
7 Dantsu Prius(Brian's Time), c, Ryuji Wada
8 Win Tenderness(Company), c, Shota Kato
9 On the Rocks(Samurai Heart), c, Andrea Atzeni
10 George Cinq(Vicoire Pisa), c, Hideaki Miyuki
11 Roraima(King Kamehameha), c, Christophe Lemaire
12 Copano Mirai(Company), f, Yuichi Kitamura

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Japan sends ten horses to HK International

A total of 10 Japanese horses have conformed as runners in the Longines Hong Kong International Races to be run on December 13 at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Hong Kong Cup:
A Shin Hikari
Satono Aladdin
Nuovo Record

Hong Kong Mile:
Danon Platina

Hong Kong Sprint:
Sakura Gospel
Straight Girl
Mikki Isle

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Japan Cup Trend

The last 10 favorites have registered, three firsts, three seconds and two thirds.
The longest priced winner in the last 10 years was Screen Hero, who paid 4,100 jpn yen for win as ninth favorites.
Tenno Sho Autumn runners have a good record - Six of the last 10 winners have previously raced there.
Four fillies or mares have won in the last decade.
In the last 10 years, 4-year-olds have won five times, 3-year-olds twice and 5-year-olds three times. 6-year-olds or older have not won in the same period.
Alkaased(USA) was only the foreign-trained winner in the last 10.
Recent good form of run must.

Last 10 Japan Cup Winners
2014 Epiphaneia(JPN)
2013 Gentildonna(JPN)
2012 Gentildonna(JPN)
2011 Buena Vista(JPN)
2010 Rose Kingdom(JPN)
2009 Vodka(JPN)
2008 Screen Hero(JPN)
2007 Admire Moon(JPN)
2006 Deep Impact(JPN)
2005 Alkaased(USA)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Smart Odin late charge in Tokyo Sports Hai

Smart Odin came from far behind, winning the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds on Monday at Tokyo Race Course. Yutaka Take was aboard the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 49.50 seconds on firm ground. A length behind, Prodigal Son was second with another neck further back Meiner Raflesia third.
Smart Odin is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Danon Chantilly out of Lady Upstage, by Alzao.