Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two big stars clash again in Tenno Sho


Kitasan Black and Satono Diamond are among 19 horses nominated to the Tenno Sho Spring, held on April 30 at Kyoto Racecourse.
The last time they met in the Arima Kinen last December, Satono Diamond showed a sensational closing kick to finish first, while Kitasan Black was a neck second. 
Since that grade one race, Satono Diamond won the g2 Hanshin Daishoten and Kitasan Black won the g1 Osaka Hai.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mozu Katchan wins Flora S in final stride


12th favorite Mozu Katchan got up in time to win the grade two Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. Ryuji Wada forced Mozu Katchan ahead of Yamakatsu Grace in the final stride. A neck separated by the two. Another head further away came Flawless Magic third.
The race was run in the final time of 2 minutes 1.30 seconds over 2,000 meters on firm ground.
Mozu Katchan, who has now recorded a three-straight-win, is a 3-year-old dark bay filly by Harbinger out of Site Dealer, by King Kamehameha.

Isla Bonita breaks losing streak in Milers C


Isla Bonita ended more than two-year drought as he won the grade two Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday. This was the first victory for him since September 12, 2014 at the g2 St. Lite Kinen. Under the hands of Christophe Lemaire, he completed the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minut 32.20 seconds. Race favorite Air Spinel came second, a 1/2-length behind, with another 3/4-length away Young Man Power third.
Isla Bonita, who has now won seven of his 21 races, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Fuji Kiseki out of Isla Cozzene, by Cozzene.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fukushima Himba won by Ukiyono Kaze


The grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes was won in coming-from-behind fashion at Fukushima Racecourse on Saturday by Ukiyono Kaze, who completed the 1,800-meter race in 1 minute 46.80 seconds in the hands of Hayato Yoshida.
Yoshida brought Ukiyono Kaze out to get up in time to beat Frotier Queen by a neck. Another neck behind, Queen's Milagro was third place.
Ukiyono Kaze is a 7-year-old dark bay mare by On Fire out of Admire Dash, by Fusaichi Concorde.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fukushima Himba Stakes on Saturday


Fukushima Racecourse features the grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes for 4yo+ fillies and mares on Saturday.

Queen's Milagro, Crocosmia, Frontier Queen and Win Fabulous are likely to be the leading contenders.

The field for the 1,800-meter race is:

1-Guimauve, 4f, Katsuma Sameshima(JPN)
2-Happiness Dancer, 6m, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Denko Ange, 4f, Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Western Rebecca, 7m, Eishin Yoshi
5-Win Fabulous, 4f, Masami Matsuoka
6-Ukiyono Kaze, 7m, Hayato Yoshida
7-Tokai Schon, 4f, Ken Tanaka
8-Frontier Queen, 4f, Hiroshi Kitamura
9-Queen's Milagro, 5m, Yutaka Take
10-Eterna Minoru, 4f, Yuji Hishida
11-Briga Alta, 4f, Masaki Katsuura
12-Peisha Felice, 6m, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Crocosmia, 4f, Keita Tosaki
14-Rock a Hula Baby, 5m, Akihide Tsumura
15-Lethal Weapon, 6m, Yuji Tannai
16-Tamano Brunette, 5m, Genki Maruyama

Weight: 54kgs

2017 Flora Stakes on Sunday


The Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes, one of the major preps for the Japanese Oaks, will be run on Sunday, April 23 at Tokyo Racecourse.

The entries include: Flawless Magic, third in the g3 Queen Cup; Ho O Perfume, winning last two outings; Admire Rosa, runner-up in the Elfin Stakes and Dipavamsa.

The post position with riders for the g2 2,000-meter turf race is

1-Mozu Katchan, Ryuji Wada
2-The Queen, Kenichi Ikezoe
3-Canal Street, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Red Mirabel, Yutaka Yoshida
5-Ho O Perfume, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Tagano Aswad, Kyosuke Kokubun
7-Yamakatsu Grace, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Dream Magic, Yukito Ishikawa
9-Admire Rosa, Yasunari Iwata
10-Meisho Sasayuri, Tomoharu Bushizawa
11-Bill's Treasure, Katsuharu Tanaka
12-Dipavamsa, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Alonza Mona, Yoshitomi Shibata
14-Flawless Magic, Keita Tosaki
15-Nishino Amore, Takuya Ono
16-Red Cordis, Hiroshi Kiamura
17-La Hulotte, Ikuya Kowata
18-Piscadela, Kiwamu Ogino

All starters carry 54 kgs.

2017 Milers Cup Entries


11 horses have been entered for the Yomiuri Milers Cup, the major prep for the Yasuda Kinen, at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday, April 23.

Air Spinel returned to this season with victory in the g3 Kyoto Kimpai. His latest run was at the g3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai where he finished third. Regular rider Yutaka Take will ride him to break from post 4.
Among other entries include Tokyo Shimbun Hai winner Black Spinel, Isla Bonita and Prodigal Son.

The field for the grade two 1,600-meter race is:

1-Sunrise Major, 8h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
2-Action Star, 7h, 56, Tomonori Sato
3-Fiero, 8h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Air Spinel, 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
5-Dashing Blaze(USA), 5h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
6-Young Man Power, 5h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
7-Prodigal Son, 4c, 56, Yuga Kawada
8-Black Spinel, 4c, 56, Mirco Demuro
9-Kluger, 5h, 57, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Shelby, 8h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
11-Isla Bonita, 6h, 57, Christophe Lemaire