Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Road to 2007 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas)

February 17, Queen Cup at Tokyo
Excuse made a big appeal for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) when she was victorious in the Daily Hai Queen Cup(jpn-g3) under Hiroshi Kitamura. In the 1,600-meter turf on grass, she beat favorite Katamachi Botan by a 1 1/2-length with Hello Speed another 3/4-length further away third in the field of sixteen 3-year-old fillies.

March 3, Tulip Sho at Hanshin
The showdown of two talented fillies, Vodka and Daiwa Scarlet, in the Tulip Sho(jpn-g3) resulted in line with expectations. Having drawn clearly from the rest, the two were headed for the finish line in the stretch. At the end, Vodka brought the opposition into submission by a powerful stride. A neck separated the two. Third, a 6-length behind, was Rain Dance in the field of 16.

March 10, Anemone Stakes at Nakayama
It is for the first time in 12 years that a NAR filly will contend the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) when Emmy’s Smile gained the Anemone Stakes victory. The filly won the 1,600 meters in 1 minute 35.80 seconds on the Nakayama main course.

March 11, Fillies' Revue at Hanshin
Aston Machan had no trouble landing the Fillies' Revue(jpn-g2). Half-way in the stretch, Yutaka Take took the heavy favorite to move into front, and just galloped to the finish line for the 1,400-meter race in 1 minute 21.80 seconds. It was a 2 1/2-length behind that Amano Cherry Run finished second with Hagino Lucere another 1 1/4-length further back third.

March 17, Flower Cup at Nakayama

Shonan Talent produced a splendid run at front end to win the Flower Cup(jpn-g3). Yoshitomi Shibata steered the winning filly to stop the clock in 1 minute 49.60 seconds for the 1,800-meter turf distance.

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