Sunday, April 08, 2007

Daiwa Major wins Oka Sho

It was on her day that Daiwa Scarlet got going well in the last 200 meters in winning the 2007 race of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) Sunday afternoon at Hanshin Racecourse.
Katsumi Ando rode the Oka Sho winner in two consecutive years,

Around 200 meters from home, third favorite Daiwa Scarlet pulled her way to the front with heavy favorite Vodka trailing just behind. Just like the Tulip Sho, the two were well clear of the rest, but this time the two finished in reverse order. To the finish line, Daiwa Scarlet got going the stronger. Vodka was never able to get into the shadow of her. A 1 1/2-length separated the two. Ando said, “I knew Vodka just behind us, but my horse strode well to the finish.”

Third, a 3 1/2-lengh behind, was Katamachi Botan with Robe Decollette(USA) fourth and Excuse fifth in the field of 18.
Second favorite Aston Machan still got into contention at around 200 meters out, but was fading out to finish a disappointing seventh.

Owned by K.Oshiro and trained by K.Matsuda, Daiwa Scarlet has now won three in 5 starts. The first prize 117+ million yen brought her career earnings to 172.7+ million yen. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido is the breeder of the chestnut filly by Agnes Tachyon out of the Northern Taste mare Scarlet Bouquet. Daiwa Scarlet is a half sister to recent Dubai Duty Free third Daiwa Major(by Sunday Silence).

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