Thursday, May 17, 2007

2007 Japanese Oaks

A field of 18 fillies is set for the 68th running of the Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) to be run at Tokyo on May 20. In the absences of Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka, Flora Stakes winner Bella Rheia is likely to be the favorite. She drew post 7. Pink Cameo, who drew post 8, seeks another grade one glory after winning the NHK Mile Cup two weeks ago.Other leading contenders include Flora Stakes runner-up Minty Air and Oka Sho third Katamachi Botan, who will break from post 5 and 11 respectively.

The field of the Japanese Oaks is:

1/Smart Storm/K.Hasegawa
2/Robe Decollete(USA)/Y.Fukunaga
3/Meine Luce/T.Ohno
4/Hello Speed/M.Matsuoka
5/Minty Air/M.Ebina
6/Milk Toreru/D.Matsuda
7/Bella Rheia/S.Akiyama
8/Pink Cameo/H.Shii
9/Rain Dance/R.Sameshima
10/Tokai Oscar/H.Goto
11/Katamachi Botan/S.Fujita
12/Love Caerna/T.Kikuzawa
13/Vienna Waltz/I.Murata
14/Last Vega/Y.Yokoyama
15/Amano Cherry Run/K.Ikezoe
16/Admire Space/Y.Shibata
All starters carry 55 kgs. The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Two prominent fillies out of Oaks

Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka are out of the Japanese Oaks. Daiwa Scarlet will not run in Sunday's filly classic due to fever, while Vodka will instead run in next week's Japanese Derby.

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