Monday, November 28, 2005

Dettori gains his third Japan Cup triumph


Frankie Dettori, an Italian-native who has enjoyed most of his riding career in England, collected his third Japan Cup triumph when he guided ALKAASED(USA) to a nose victory in the 2005 Japan Cup Sunday afternoon at Tokyo. ALKAASED’s victory followed Singspiel(1996) and Falbrav(2002) as Dettori’s third success of the Japanese premier race. His time of an amazing 2 minutes 22.1 seconds was the record time for the Tokyo 2,400-meter distance. Running for second was HEART’S CRY, who finished a 1 3/4-length before ZENNO ROB ROY. Another nose back LINCOLN followed in fourth with OUIJA BOARD(GB) another farther neck away fifth to complete the added-money earners.

The pace which TAP DANCE CITY(USA) made was extremely high with the first 2,000 meters in 1 minute 57 seconds.

With 200 meters remaining, as TAP DANCE CITY was done, QUIJA BOARD with Kieren Fallon up had a brief lead, but Dettori forced ALKAASED into front with, outside of him, Kent Desormeaux, on ZENNO ROB ROY, laboring to challenge and QUIJA BOARD hanging on just off the rail. Out of the blue, Christophe Lemaire-piloted HEART’S CRY was in the presence, storming past QUIJA BOARD to challenge. The two came at the line for a photo-finish. ALKAASED hung on to defeating HEART’S CRY by the tip of the nostril in a photo inspection.

Immediately following a thrilling finish, the stewards inquired into HEART’S CRY's interference that he passed QUIJA BOARD during the last 100 meters, but the finishing order stood as it was.

In the TV interview, Dettori said, “Alkaased, I have been here since Friday and I looked at the horse. A horse is I have never felt that horse such a good form. I looked over Cumani. He did such a great job. I was really confident that my horse was gonna run a big race and he sure did today.”, and added, “Japan has been very very lucky. People very very warm here since I first came in 1990 as a young jockey. So, every time I come here very excited and emotional. I always try my best good because I am very welcome here.”

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Update on Japan Cup


Dettori gains his third Japan Cup triumph

Frankie Dettori, an Italian-native who has enjoyed most of his riding career in England, collected his third Japan Cup triumph when he guided ALKAASED(USA) to a nose victory in the 2005 Japan Cup Sunday afternoon at Tokyo. ALKAASED’s victory followed Singspiel(1996) and Falbrav(2002) as Dettori’s third success of the Japanese premier race. His time of an amazing 2 minutes 22.1 seconds was the record time for the Tokyo 2,400-meter distance.


Running for second was HEART’S CRY, who finished a 1 3/4-length before ZENNO ROB ROY. Another nose back LINCOLN followed in fourth with OUIJA BOARD(GB) another farther neck away fifth to complete the added-money earners.

Thrilling Finish in Japan Cup Dirt


A thrilling finish for the Japan Cup Dirt ended Saturday afternoon at Tokyo in a nose victory for KANE HEKILI, a 2.1(11-10) favorite, over SEEKING THE DIA, a 52.1(511-10) 11th pick, with STAR KING MAN, a 82.9(819-10) 12th pick, a neck farther back third. TIME PARADOX followed in fourth with SUNRISE BACCHUS fifth in the 16 strong field.

Yutaka Take rode the third Japan Cup Dirt winner by completing the 2,100-meter dirt distance in 2 minutes 8 seconds for the record time. This also gave Take his 200th win of the season.

It was an extremely thrilling climax in the battle of the first three finishers. At around 400 meters from home, Norihiro Yokoyama, on SEEKING THE DIA, got past UTOPIA to stride into a lead. On inside, Kent Desormeaux found the room to send STAR KING MAN into a contending position. Yutaka Take, in the meantime, took the outside lane on KANE HEKILI, drawing up to SEEKING THE DIA for the challenge. For the last 200 meters, the three were running evenly and fought out to the finish.

Disappointments of the g1 dirt event were foreign entries, LAVA MAN running for 11th, TAP DAY 13th and ECCENTRIC the last place.

Katsuhiko Sumii-trained KANE HEKILI by Sunday Silence has earnings of 320+ million yen with a record of 7 wins in 11 starts. Owner Makoto Kaneko purchased the chestnut colt for 20 million yen at the 2002 Select Yearling Sale. Northern Farm in Hayakita, Hokkaido is a breeder of the 3-year-old.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Zenno Rob Roy favored for Japan Cup


After closing the Saturday betting round at 5:30 p.m., local hope ZENNON ROB ROY has been installed as the favorite for the Japan Cup at odds of 2.2(or 6-5). ALKAASED(USA) and HEART'S CRY shared at 9.0(or 8-1) for the second favorite. OUIJA BOARD(GB) was the 9.8(or 44-5) fourth choice, followed by TAP DANCE CITY(USA) at 14.6(or 68.5), ADMIRE JAPAN at 15.3(or 143-19) and BAGO(FR) at 15.8(or 74-5). Other foreign entries were BETTER TALK NOW(USA)(35.8 or 174-5), KING'S DRAMA(IRE)(57.6 or 283-5) and WARRSAN(IRE)(87.2 or 431-5).

Friday, November 25, 2005

Strong Invaders for Japan Cup


Foreign entries look as strong as ever in Japan Cup history. The foreign invaders are:

OUIJA BOARD, a world-class top filly who had incredible season last year with a pair of Oaks victories(English and Irish) and her success of the BC F&M Turf, returned this season with first(Princess Royal John Doyle Stakes) and second(BC F&M Turf) in 3 starts. This consistent filly has ability to run well at major staying event. K.Fallon takes the mount to bid for his first JC win in 4th try.

Multiple group 1 winner BAGO, notably winner of L’Arc de Trimphe last year, has yet to score this season, but has shown a solid and consistent run at highest level. Following his fourth in BC Cup Turf in late-October, his trainer J. Pease points at this world premier event as the main objective. A French horse has been silence since Le Glorieux won it in 1987, but, with his best form of run, he could make a noise for France.

WARRSAN, winner of the group 1 Grosser Preis Von Baden in Germany, makes his second straight appearance in the Japan Cup(15th last year). His trainer Clive Brittain won the 1986 edition with Jupiter Island. The soft ground would be welcomed.

ALKAASED winning the group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud earlier this season could show terrific ability at firm ground. To be controlled by the two-time Japan Cup winning jockey F. Dettori would be very much interesting.

BETTER TALK NOW, one of the two USA entries, is the multiple grade 1 winner at his home country; the Man O’War Stakes on September 10 for his latest victory. He could have something to prove here if he blows a strong late run at Tokyo long stretch.

KING’S DRAMA
is considered as a second string of the two US entries, but this one could produce a surprise if he hangs on tough in the final stage.

Rob Roy Hopes for Japan in JC


Local fans will focus their great hopes and expectations on defending champion ZENNO ROB ROY, who faces the premier foreign runners from Europe and USA in the 2005 edition of the Japan Cup. With a couple of runner-ups at highest level in three starts this season, a neck second in the Tenno Sho Autumn on his latest run, the 5-year-old horse by Sunday Silence is looking for a back-to-back victory in the world-famous Japanese turf event. Home advantage will help, and to be ridden by Kentucky Derby winning jockey Kent Desormeaux for reunion would be further assisted.

Other prominent entrants from the host country are: front-running TAP DANCE CITY(2003 Japan Cup winner), ADMIRE JAPAN(runner-up in Kikuka Sho), HEAVENLY ROMANCE(winner of Tenno Sho Autumn), late-striding HEART'S CRY and SUZUKA MAMBO.

Real Test for Kane Hekili in JC Dirt


The Japan Cup Dirt, in which KANE HEKILI meets the toughest opponents, will be a real test for him. The dual grade 1 winner at NAR is likely to be the favorite. Yutaka Take, who won the race aboard Kurofune in 2001 and Time Paradox in 2004, returns to take the mount for his third JCD success.

Other leading contenders will be: TIME PARADOX(winner of multiple g1 events including last year’s JC Dirt), SUNRISE BACCHUS(Musashino Stakes winner), PERSONAL RUSH(multiple grade winner) and NAR grade winner SAQALAT with F.Dettori in the iron.

Three foreign entries are Eccentric(GB), Lava Man(USA) and Tap Day(USA), who are in the hunt.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Field set for Japan Cup Dirt


The 6th running of the Japan Cup Dirt
Grade One
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Tokyo Racecourse Race-11
3-year-old and upwards
2,100 meters, dirt, left-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 130, 2nd; 52, 3rd; 33, 4th; 20, 5th;13
Post time: 3:20 p.m. JST
Field: 16

The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) are as follows:

1 SHIROKITA GOD RUN DemuroM 57
2 LAVA MAN(USA) NakataniC 57
3 SUNRISE BACCHUS SatoT 57
4 UTOPIA AndoK 57
5 TIME PARADOX PeslierO 57
6 STAR KING MAN(USA) DesormeauxK 57
7 SEEKING THE DIA(USA) YokoyamaN 57
8 TAP DAY(USA) CoaE 57
9 HIGHER GAME TanakaK 57
10 KANE HEKILI TakeY 55
11 SAQALAT DettoriL 57
12 PERSONAL RUSH(USA) FujitaS 57
13 GENE CRISIS(USA) ShibataY 57
14 ADJUDI MITSUO UchidaH 57
15 ECCENTRIC(GB) HollandD 57
16 HISHI ATLAS EbinaM 57
weight: 4yo&up-57kgs, 3yo-55kgs
fillies&mare allowed 2kgs

Stage set for 2005 Japan Cup


The 25th running of the Japan Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tokyo Racecourse Race-10
Age: 3-year-old and upwards
Distance: 2,400 meters, turf, left-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 250, 2nd; 100, 3rd; 63, 4th; 38, 5th; 25
Field: 18
Post time: 3:20 p.m. JST

The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) for the world-famous Japanese race are:

1 MY SOLE SOUND HondaM 57
2 TAP DANCE CITY(USA) SatoT 57
3 WARRSAN(IRE) SpencerJ 57
4 ADMIRE JAPAN YokoyamaN 55
5 LINCOLN TakeY 57
6 OUIJA BOARD(GB) FallonK 55
7 BETTER TALK NOW(USA) DominguezR 57
8 ZENNO ROB ROY DesormeauxK 57
9 STORMY CAFE ShiiF 55
10 HEAVENLY ROMANCE MatsunagaM 55
11 COSMO BULK DemuroM 57
12 BAGO(FR) GilletT 57
13 SUNRISE PEGASUS GotoH 57
14 ALKAASED(USA) DettoriL 57
15 KING'S DRAMA(IRE) PradoE 57
16 HEART'S CRY LemaireC 57
17 SUZUKA MAMBO AndoK 57
18 BIG GOLD WadaR 57
weight: 4yo&up-57kgs, 3yo-55kgs
fillies&mares allowed 2kgs

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

2005 Japan Cup


The 25th running of the Japan Cup
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tokyo - Race 10
2,400 meters, turf, left-handed

The Japan Cup was inaugurated in 1981 as the first international race in Japan. Since then, it has been successfully run and become a world-famous event. There are a number of premier runners from Europe, North America and other areas to have taken part in this race. The Cup holds one of the events subject to the World Series Racing Championship.

Favorites have not done well in the last 10 years. Zenno Rob Roy(2004) and T.M. Opera O(2000) are the only winning favorites in the decade, but a big surprise is rare. During the same period, Falbrav(2002) is the longest winner(paid 2,050 yen as ninth pick). Local horses have scored six out of the last 7 years. An English horse has not won since Pilsudski in 1997. The last time we saw a triumph for USA was in 1991 when Golden Pheasant beat Magic Night by a 1 1/2-length.

Japan Cup Winners

Year/Winner/Time(1/10s)/Jockey
2005 ??
2004 Zenno Roby Roy 2.24.2 O.Peslier
2003 Tap Dance City 2.28.7 T.Sato
2002 Falbrav 2.12.2* L.Dettori
2001 Jungle Pocket 2.23.8 O.Peslier
2000 T.M. Opera O 2.26.1 R.Wada
1999 Special Week 2.25.5 Y.Take
1998 El Condor Pasa 2.25.9 M.Ebina
1997 Pilsudski 2.25.8 M.Kinene
1996 Singspiel 2.28.8 L.Dettori
1995 Lando 2.24.6 M.Roberts
1994 Marvelous Crown 2.23.6 K.Minai
1993 Legacy World 2.24.4 H.Kawachi
1992 Tokai Tei O 2.24.6 Y.Okabe
1991 Golden Pheasant 2.24.7 G.Stevens
1990 Better Loosen Up 2.23.2 M.Clarke
1989 Horlicks 2.22.2 L.O’Sullivan
1988 Pay the Butler 2.25.5 C.McCarron
1987 Le Glorieux 2.24.9 A.Lequeux
1986 Jupiter Island 2.25 P.J.Eddery
1985 Symboli Rudolf 2.28.8 Y.Okabe
1984 Katsuragi Ace 2.26.3 K.Nishiura
1983 Stanerra 2.27.6 B.Rouse
1982 Half Iced 2.27.1 D.MacBeth
1981 Mairzy Doates 2.25.3 C.Asmussen
* - 2,200 metes at Nakayama


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The 6th running of the Japan Cup Dirt
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Tokyo – Race 11
2,100 meters, dirt, left-handed

Tokyo held the first international dirt event in Japan when the first Japan Cup Dirt was run in 2000. The Dirt race, one of the two JRA g1 dirt events(other is February Stakes), has since then attracted many top-class runners including foreign invaders.


Japan Cup Dirt Winners

Year/Winner/Time/Jockey
2005 ??
2004 Time Paradox 2.08.7 Y.Take
2003 Fleetstreet Dancer 2.09.2 J.Court
2002 Eagle Café 1.52.2* L.Dettori
2001 Kurofune 2.05.9 Y.Take
2000 Wing Arrow 2.07.2 Y.Okabe

* - 1,800 meters at Nakayama

Monday, November 21, 2005

Exciting Finish for Mile


The Mile Championship was won in an exciting photo-finish by Hat Trick, whose French rider Olivier Peslier drove home the 4-year-old colt just in time to defeat DAIWA MAJOR by the smallest official margin of a nose. Another one length behind, RHEIN KRAFT gained third spot followed by DANCE IN THE MOOD fourth and BALANCE OF GAME fifth. DURANDAL(favorite) finished a disappointing eighth in the field which was reduced to 17 due to RIKIAI TAIKAN’s scratch.

Switching HAT TRICK to a trouble-free outside passage at the turn for home, Peslier began to storm past the rivals. On front end, another French rider Christophe Lemaire, on DAIWA MAJOR, worked hard, and inside 200 meters from home, he finally pulled away from DANCE IN THE MOOD and BALANCE OF GAME to take a clear lead. As HAT TRICK quickly picked up grounds, the gap was closing fast. Excitement hit a highest point when the two French men got home side by side. After a photo investigation, the winner went to Peslier’s HAT TRICK. The final time for the Kyoto 1,600-meter turf test was 1 minute 32.1 seconds.

“I am very pleased to win the g1 race with the Sumii-trained horse.”, said Peslier, who has now ridden on the 12th JRA grade one winner since 2000 season.

This was the biggest win for HAT TRICK, by Sunday Silence out of the Lost Code mare Tricky Code, who has now won 7 in 12 starts for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii and owner Carrot Farm. The first prize brought his career earnings to 231+ million yen. Oiwake Farm in Oiwaka, Hokkaido is a breeder of the 4-year-old colt.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Update: Mile Championship


The Mile Championship was won in an exciting photo-finish by Hat Trick, whose rider Olivier Peslier drove home the 4-year-old colt just in time to defeat DAIWA MAJOR by the smallest official margin of a nose. Another one length behind, RHEIN KRAFT gained third spot followed by DANCE IN THE MOOD fourth and BALANCE OF GAME fifth. DURANDAL(favorite) finished a disappointing eighth in the field of 17.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

F Richard wins Tokyo Sports Hai in record time


FUSAICHI RICHARD led all the way to win the 1,800-meter Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes(g3) under Yuichi Fukunaga at Tokyo this afternoon. As the 2.7(or 17-10) favorite in the field of eleven 2-year-olds, FUSAICHI RICHARD came at the wire in 1 minute 46.9 seconds which was 0.5 second faster than the record for 2-year-olds set by Machikane Genji last week. A 2 1/2-length behind the winner, MEISHO SAMSON got second place with ON FIRE finishing another 1/2-length back in third place. Trained at Ritto by Kunihide Matsuda, FUSAICHI RICHARD is a gray colt by the 2001 Japan Cup Dirt winner Kurofune out of the multiple grade winner Fusaichi Airedale, by Sunday Silence.

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As of Saturday, Durandal has been the early odds-on favorite for tomorrow’s Mile Championship at 1.6(or 3-5), followed by Rhein Kraft 6.9(or 59-10) and Hat Trick 8.5(or 15-2).

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Japan may send three horses to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races as follows:


Asakusa Den’en for the Hong Kong Mile
Six Sense for the Hong Kong Vase
Admire Max for the Hong Kong Sprint

Friday, November 18, 2005

Invitees arrive in Japan; part 2


Four Japan Cup invitees described below arrived in Japan on November 17:

Quija Board(GB), Alkaased(USA), Better Talk Now(USA), King’s Drama(IRE) [in a random order]


On the same day, Tap Day(USA), who will run in the Japan Cup Dirt, also arrived in Japan.


On November 16, Bago(FR) and Lava Man(USA) came to Japan and they have already exercised at the quarantine facility.

Rhein Kraft goes for Mile Champ


Rehein Kraft, the best 3-year-old miler with a pair of g1 victories, turns back to her best distance when she lineups in the Mile Championship. After beating but only a neck off the winner Air Messiah in the Shuka Sho, her trainer has decided to skip the QE II Cup to have a good spot for her. This could be the right decision to produce a maximum performance from her despite her first start against the older company.

Durandal seeks for a three-peat in Mile


Durandal, winner of the last two years, seeks for a three-peat in the grade one Mile Championship when he competes in the 18 strong field for the 1,600-meter turf test. After out of action for more than 10 months following the 2004 edition of the MC, the Masahiro Sakaguchi-trained horse returned in the Sprinters Stakes on October 2 and he finished a 1 1/4-length behind Silence Witness(AUS) of Hong Kong there. An explosive late surge could give him a chance to add another g1 title to his resume.

Field set for Mile Championship


A field of 18 is set for the grade one Mile Championship to be held this Sunday at Kyoto. The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) for the 1,600-meter turf event are:

1 RHEIN KRAFT FukunagaY 54
2 ADMIRE MAX TakeY 57
3 WIN RADIUS TanakaK 57
4 LOHENGRIN YokoyamaN 57
5 HAT TRICK PeslierO 57
6 BIG PLANET WadaR 56
7 AZUMA SANDERS FujiokaY 55
8 DANCE IN THE MOOD KitamuraH 55
9 BALANCE OF GAME KowataH 57
10 MEINER HEARTY AndoK 56
11 TANINO MARTINI SugaiN 57
12 DAIWA MAJOR LemaireC 57
13 SIDEWINDER MatsunagaM 57
14 DURANDAL IkezoeK 57
15 TELEGNOSIS KatsuuraM 57
16 KINETICS KomakiF 57
17 RIKIAI TAIKAN TakeK 57
18 ALBIREO IwataY 57
Weight: 4yo&up – 57kgs, 3yo colts – 56kgs, mare&fillies allowed 2kgs

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Two Invitees arrive in Japan


Warrsan(IRE) and Eccentric(GB) arrived in Japan on November 15. Warrsan is one of the six invitees for the Japan Cup, while Eccentric will contest the Japan Cup Dirt. Before moving to Tokyo Racecourse, both of them have to stay at the quarantine facility for a required time and they have already begun to exercise there.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Nominations for JC and JCD


Local nominations(18) for the Japan Cup to be run November 27 at Tokyo:

Zenno Rob Roy, Tap Dance City(USA), Lincoln, Heart’s Cry, Six Sense, Heavenly Romance, Big Gold, Delta Blues, Sunrise Pegasus, Balance of Game, Admire Japan, Suzuka Mambo, Yamanin Alabaster, My Sole Sound, Hookipa Wave, Cosmo Bulk, Higher Game, Stormy Café [in a random order]

Foreign invitees(6) for the JC:

Warrsan(IRE), Alkaased(USA), Ouija Board(GB), Better Talk Now(USA), King’s Drama(IRE), Bago(FR) [in a random order]

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Local nominations(18) for the Japan Cup Dirt to be run November 26 at Tokyo:

Time Paradox, Hishi Atlas, Saqalat, Gene Crisis(USA), Silent Deal, Hard Crystal, Kane Hekili, Utopia, My Sole Sound, Personal Rush(USA), Star King Man(USA), Sunrise Bacchus, Adjudi Mitsuo, Higher Game, Stormy Café, Shirokita God Run, Café Olympus(USA) [in a random order]

Foreign invitees(3) for JCD:

Eccentric(GB), Tap Day(USA), Lava Man(USA) [in a random order]

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sweep Tosho storms home in QE II Cup


SWEEP TOSHO stormed home in the Kyoto main course to land the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup(g1) on Sunday afternoon. The End Sweep filly won it by a half length from OSUMI HARUKA. ADMIRE GROOVE, who finished a 2 1/2-length behind the runner-up, came in third with YAMANIN SUCRE another 3/4-length back fourth. AIR MESSIAH, the 2.5(or 3-2) favorite, followed in fifth place. SUMMITVILLE(GB) of England finished 16th.

As expected, OSUMI HARUKA led the way in a parade of 18 fillies and mares, and opened up throughout the backstretch. While, Kenichi Ikezoe had SWEEP TOSHO laid back in the middle of the big pack. “I tried to save the best for a late run.”, said Ikezoe. That’s exactly what happened in the stretch.

Finding a clear passage on the outside, SWEEP TOSHO stormed past ADMIRE GROOVE at mid-stretch to get into a sole second. On front, OSUMI HARUKA was not stopping after opening up a clear lead at top-stretch, but, for the last 200 meters, the gap was quickly closing by inches as SWEEP TOSHO strode at every step. Ikezoe said, “She responded very well. I thought we got around the leader before the line. I just pressed her as much as I could.” SWEEP TOSHO just galloped on to the winning post in 2 minutes 12.5 seconds for the 2.200-meter trip. Shinji Kawashima, on OSUMI HARUKA, had a superb ride with the ideal pace to finish second in two consecutive years.

Following the Shuka Sho in Novembe of last year and the Takarazuka Kinen in June of this year, it was the third g1 success for SWEEP TOSHO, trained by Akio Tsurudome and owned by Tosho Sangyo, who has now won seven in 16 starts. The 103.9+ million yen first prize for the QE II Cup brought her career earnings to 572+ million yen. Out of the Dancing Brave mare Tabatha Tosho, SWEEP TOSHO was bred in Shizunai, Hokkaido by Tosho Sangyo Corp. Tosho Bokujo.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Update: QE II Cup


SWEEP TOSHO, the 2.8(or 9-5) second favorite, stormed home in the Kyoto main course to land the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup(g1) on Sunday afternoon. The End Sweep filly won it by a half length from OSUMI HARUKA. ADMIRE GROOVE, who finished a 2 1/2-length behind the runner-up, came in third with YAMANIN SUCRE another 3/4-length back fourth, and AIR MESSIAH, the 2.5(or 3-2)favorite, followed in fifth place. SUMMITVILLE(GB) of England finished 16th.


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Other JRA graded races:

Grass Bomber took up the running at top stretch in winning the Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima on Sunday. A 1 1/2-length behind the winner, TOKAI TRICK took second with ONE MORE CHATTER third. GRASS BOMBER is a 5-year-old horse of Machiavellian and the Nureyev mare Blue Lustre.

DENSHAMICHI denied the challenges of EASTER and KOIUTA to win the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, a feature event at Tokyo on Saturday. Yoshitomi Shibata-ridden DENSHAMICHI landed the grade two for 2-year-olds by a nose from Easter with Koiuta another nose back third in the field of 10. DENSHAMICHI is a son of Sakura Bakushin O and the Maruzensky mare NO.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Air Messiah is early favorite in QE II Cup


Air Messiah has been installed, as of Saturday at 5:30 p.m., as the early favorite for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at odds of 2.7(or 17-10). Sweep Tosho was at 3.1(or 21-10) for the second favroite. Yamanin Alabaster was the 7.4(or 32-5) third choice, followed by Admire Groove at 12.5(or 23-2). The fifth choice was Osumi Haruka at 14.5(or 27-2). The rest of the field was 20.0(or 19-1) or higher price. After closing Saturday betting round, British invader Summitville was at 30.8(or 149-5).

Brieg QE II Cup History

The first Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup was run over 2,400 meters as the 3-year-old filly championship in 1976. The Cup was run over 2,200 meters for the first time in 1996. In the same year, the race was open to the older fillies and mares, and has since then been established as the championship for females.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Stage set for QE II Cup

The stage is set for the 30th Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup which 18 females including British entrant Summitville will contest.

In the absence of Cesario and Rhein Kraft, AIR MESSIAH represents the 3-year-old filly division to confront the older females. Her recent winning form at the g1 Shuka Sho has great impression. Yutaka Take returns to ride her. It has been a great benefit for the star jockey, who has won last four years.

ADMIRE GROOVE, the winner of last two years, has been disappointing at the highest level in the top male company, but this could a good spot for her to show an ability. It will be not surprising to find her running up to the finish line.

YAMANIN ALABASTER, coming here with a three-straight victory including a Fuchu Himba Stakes triumph on her latest effort last month, has a chance to gain the day at the highest class for the first time. Her recent outings indicates that she has been in top form as good as ever.

A strong pace would be very welcomed by Sweep Tosho, who has a most powerful late run in the field. The daughter of End Sweep winning the Takarazuka Kinen earlier this season came off fifth in the Tenno Sho Autumn against the top male runners two weeks ago. She attempts to revenge for fifth last year.

SUMMITVILLE, a British invader who finished a 1 1/2-length second in the group one Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, has worked well since she arrived in Japan on November 1. In her most recent outing, the Premio Lydia Tesio, the Grand Lodge mare got fourth place at Campannelle where the ground was too heavy for her according to her trainer. The firm ground at Kyoto could give her the best run of form.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2005.

The post positons with jockeys and weights(in kigs) for the 2,200-meter Queen Elizabeth II Cup are as follows:


1 OSUMI HARUKA KawashimaS 56
2 LAILAPS MatsunagaM 54
3 ADMIRE GROOVE UemuraH 56
4 SHONAN PEINTRE YoshidaY 54
5 OSUMI COSMO IwataY 56
6 MEMORY KEANU TsunodaK 56
7 MIGHTY COLLAR UchidaK 56
8 SWEEP TOSHO IkezoeK 56
9 KUROYURI JO PeslierO 54
10 BRIAN'S LETTER FukunagaY 54
11 AIR MESSIAH TakeY 54
12 YAMANIN ALABASTER Eda 56
13 SUMMITVILLE(GB) SandersS 56
14 YAMANIN SUCRE ShiiH 56
15 WINGLET TakeK 56
16 MEINE SAMANTHA LemaireC 56
17 LES CLEFS D'OR EbinaM 56
18 BEST ALBUM WatanabaK 56

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Update: Foreign Invitees for JC and JCD


As of November 10, the foreign invitees for the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt are listed in a random order as follows:

[Japan Cup invitees]
Warrsan(IRE) - accepted
Alkaased(USA) - accepted
Ouija Board(GB) - accepted
Better Talk Now(USA) - accepted
King's Drama(IRE) - accepted
Bago(FR) - accepted

out - Fourty Niners Son(USA), Pride(FR)

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[Japan Cup Dirt invitees]
Eccentric(GB) - accepted
Tap Day(USA) - accepted
Lava Man(USA) - accepted

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Update: Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt


As of November 9, the foreign invitees for the Japan Cup and the Japan Cup Dirt are listed in a random order as follows:

[Japan Cup Invitees]
Warran(IRE) – accepted

Alkaased(USA) – accepted
Ouija Board(GB) – accepted
Better Talk Now(USA) – accepted
Bago(FR) – accepted

Pride(FR) – undecided
King’s Drama(IRE) – undecided
Fourty Niners Son(USA) – undecided

Out – Electrocutionist(USA), Norse Dancer(IRE), Ace(IRE)
In – Fourty Niners Son(USA)


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

[Japan Cup Dirt Invitees]
Lava Man(USA) – accepted

Eccentric(GB) – accepted
Tap Day(USA) – accepted

Out – Perfect Drift(USA), Super Frolic(USA), Saint Liam(USA), Choctaw Nation(USA), Borrego(USA)

[revised at 8:00 p.m.]

Monday, November 07, 2005

Sakura Century takes Argentina


The Copa Republica Argentina was won Sunday afternoon at Tokyo in a thrilling finish by Sakura Century, who beat Marble Chief by a head, with Coin Toss one length away third in the field of 18.
With 200 meters to go, Coin Toss took the lead with Marble Chief challenging from inside, and Sakura Century drew up on the outside. Sakura Century had the best stride of the three, coming at the winning post with the final time of 2 minutes 32.4 seconds for the 2,500-meter trip. Tetsuzo Sato was aboard Sakura Century, who has now won five of his 21 races.



Alluring Voice triumphs Fantasy as favorite

Alluring Voice, the 2.5(or 3-2) favorite, came from far behind to win the grade three Fantasy Stakes under Yutaka Take at Kyoto on Sunday. The French Deputy filly won it by a neck from Rush Life with Nishino Takrazuka another 2 lengths further back third in the field of fifteen 2-year-old fillies.
This was the fourth win in five starts for Alluring Voice, whose only defeat came at her debut race where she finished a neck second. She will be heading for the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.


World Super Jockeys Series

The 19th World Super Jockeys Series will be carried out at Hanshin on December 3 and 4. The participating riders in a random order are as follows:

Rafael Bejarano
Edger Prado
Michael Kinane
Kieren Fallon
Stephane Pasquier
Darren Beadman
Leith Innes
Douglas Whyte
Yutaka Take
Norihiro Yokoyama
Eiji Nakadate
Yuichi Fukunaga
Shinji Fujita
Yasunari Iwata

Saturday, November 05, 2005

DB is early favorite in Argentine


Delta Blues, winner of the 2004 Kikuka Sho, has been installed as the early favorite for the grade two Copa Republica Argentina at odds of 5.5(or 9-2). Coin Toss is the 7.6(or 33-5) second favorite followed by Sakura Century at 8.6(or 38-5). The fourth choice was Nishino Dokomademo at 9,4(or 42-5). The rest of the field was at 10.0(or 9-1).


Alluring Voice, winner of the last three starts including the g3 Kokura Nisai Stakes, was the favorite at 2.2(or 6-5), as of Saturday, for the Fantasy Stakes, a feature race for the Sunday meeting at Kyoto. Black Cheetah was at 4.1(or 31-10) for the second favorite. Rush Life was the 8.4(or 37-5) third favorite and 9.6(or 43-5) Nishino Fujimusume followed in fourth favorite.

Friday, November 04, 2005

D Blues makes his 2005 debut in Argentina

Delta Blues, winner of the 2004 Kikuka Sho, makes his 2005 debut on Sunday when he faces the 17 rivals in the Copa Republica Argentina(g2) at Tokyo. Katsuhiko Sumii, trainer of the 4-year-old colt, has given him plenty of time to recover from fatigue. It was the Arima Kinen in December of 2004 that we have lastly seen him on the racecourse and he finished fifth to Zenno Rob Roy there. The Sunday’s race could be a good spot before he goes for the upcoming g1 events; the Japan Cup and Arima Kinen. To be ridden by Olivier Peslier for the first time, Delta Blues with the top weight of 59 kgs is the one to follow in the CRArgentina. The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) for the 2,500-meter race are as follows:

1 SAKURA CENTURY SatoT 57.5
2 TENJIN MUSASHI IshigamiS 54
3 DADDY’S DREAM YasudaY 55
4 BIG GOLD WadaR 57
5 CHAKRA ShibataY 57
6 COIN TOSS YokoyamaN 57
7 HI FRIEND TRY KobayashiJ 53
8 MARBLE CHIEF KumazawaS 55
9 ASAKUSA KININARU(USA) KitamuraH 54
10 BULLET LANE YoshidaY 53
11 DELTA BLUES PeslierO 59
12 ELOGUE ShibayamaY 53
13 MY SOLE SOUND HondaM 58
14 DAITAKU BERTRAM EdaT 58
15 NISHINO DOKOMADEMO TanakaK 54
16 GRASS EIKO O(USA) MurataI 54
17 FAST TATEYAMA TakeK 57
18 SMOOTH BARITONE BonillaD 54


A feature race for Kyoto Sunday meeting is the grade three Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. 15 runners will contest the 1,400-meter turf event.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Update: Foreign invitees for JC and JCD


Japan Cup invitees:
Out – Oratorio(IRE), Shakespeare(USA), Gonbarda(GER)
In – Norse Dancer(IRE), Ace(IRE), King’s Drama(IRE)

As of November 3, the JC invitees with status are listed in a random order as follows:
Warran(IRE) – accepted
Alkaased(USA) – undecided
Ouija Board(GB) – accepted
Better Talk Now(USA) – undecided
Pride(FR) – undecided
Bago(FR) – accepted
Electrocutionist(USA) – undecided
Norse Dancer(IRE) – undecided
Ace(IRE) – accepted
King’s Drama(IRE) – undecided

Japan Cup Dirt invitees:
Out – Starcraft(NZ), Jack Sullivan(USA), Rock Hard Ten(USA)
In – Eccentric(GB), Super Frolic(USA), Tap Day(USA)

As of November 3, a list of the JCD invitees is as follows:
Perfect Drift(USA) – undecided
Saint Liam(USA) – undecided
Choctaw Nation(USA) – undecided
Borrego(USA) – undecided
Leva Man(USA) – undecided
Eccentric(GB) – accepted
Super Frolic(USA) – undecided
Tap Day(USA) – undecided
[in a random order]


Majors Cast(IRE) is out of the Mile Championship and Capital Stakes.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

JRA horses to HK Races


The three JRA horses have been selected for the 2005 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races to be run at Sha Tin on December 11 as follows:

Asakura Den'en and Durandal for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile

Admire Max for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint

Update: foreigners for International Races


Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup:
Megahertz(GB) - - - out
Intercontinental - - - out

Mile Championship:
Starcraft(NZ) - - - out
Leroidesanimaux(BRZ) - - - out
Intercontinental - - - out
Three Valleys(USA) - - - out

Capital Stakes:
Starcraft(NZ) - - - out

As of November 1, the possible foreigners to make a trip to Japan will be as follows:

Summitville(GB) for Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup
Majors Cast(IRE) for the Mile Championship and Capital Stakes

Note: Summitville arrived at Narita Japan this afternoon.(posted at 9:00 p.m.JST)