Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rose Kingdom wins Japan Cup as Buena Vista is demoted

Rose Kingdom, beaten a few length by Buena Vista, finished, a nose before Victoire Pisa, second in the 2010 Japan Cup, but was awarded the JC victory after decision of the stewards' inquiry, which claimed that Buena Vista had interfered with Rose Kingdom in the deep stetch. That inquiry lasted more than 30 minutes.

Complete finsihing order:
Rose Kingdom
Buena Vista
Victoire Pisa
Jaguar Mail
Meisho Beluga
Oken Bruce Lee
Eishin Flash
Cirrus des Aigles(FR)
Joshua Tree(IRE)
Mores Wells(GB)
Nakayama Festa
Voila Ici(IRE)
Fifty Proof(CAN)

With the Japan Cup victory, Rose Kingdom picked up his 5th win in 9 starts under Yutaka Take and his career earnings brought to 568+ million jp yen. The 3-year-old dark bay colt is a son of King Kamahameha and the Sunday Silence mare Rosebud.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Two Horses for HK International Races

Japan will send two horses to the Cathay Pacific International Races.

A Shin Forward(USA) will take on the HK Mile, while Jaguar Mail may run in the HK Vase.

A Shin Forward is schduled to leave Japan for Hong Kong on December 1st.

Buena Vista favorite for Japan Cup 2010

After closing Saturday betting round, Buena Vista has been installed as the favorite for the 2010 Japan Cup at odds of 2.3. The 4-year-old filly aims at her sixth grade one victory after winning the Tenno Sho Autumn last month.
Nakayama Festa, runner-up in the Arc de Triomphe, was the second favorite at 7.4. Pelusa, who finished second in the Tenno Sho Autumn behind Buena Vista, was the 8.2 third favorite followed by the Japanese Derby runner-up Rose Kingdom 8.9.

The 18 horses will go to post for the Japan Cup at 3:20 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 28, 2010.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Stage Set For 2010 Japan Cup

The stage is set for the 2010 Japan Cup, run on Sunday, November 28 at Tokyo Race Course.
It is quite some lineup and may be as strong as ever in the local entries, which include Buena Vista, Nakayama Festa, Eishin Flash and Jaguar Mail.

The post time for the most world-famous Japanese race will be at 3:20pm JST on Sunday.

The 30th running of the Japan Cup, grade one
Sunday, November 28, 2010
3yo+ international 2,400-meter turf left-handed
Total purse: 481.4 million jp yen
First prize: 253.78 million jp yen

1/Voila Ici(IRE)/5h/57/Mirco Demuro
2/Victoire Pisa/3c/55/Maxime Guyon
3/Dandino(GB)/3c/55/Paul Mulrennan
4/Shingen/7h/57/Shinji Fujita
5/Mores Wells(GB)/6h/57/Sebastien Maillot
6/Rose Kingdom/3c/55/Yutaka Take
7/Pelusa/3c/55/Katsumi Ando
8/Jaguar Mail/6h/57/Ryan Moore
9/Timos(GER)/5h/57/Olivier Peslier
10/Eishin Flash/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Nakayama Festa/4c/57/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Joshua Tree(IRE)/3c/55/Colm O'Donoghue
13/Meisho Beluga/5m/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
14/Oken Bruce Lee/5h/57/Christophe Lemaire
15/Fifty Proof(CAN)/4g/57/Justin Stein
16/Buena Vista/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
17/Marinous(FR)/4c/57/Davy Bonilla
18/Cirrus des Aigles(FR)/4g/57/Franck Blondel

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Outsider wins Milechampionship in record time

The 52.4 outsider A Shin Forward(USA) won the 2010 Milechampionship in the course record time of 1 minute 31.80 seconds.
A Shin Forward won by a neck from favorite Danon Yoyo with Gorski, a nose further behind, third. Another nose behind, Sahpresa(USA) was fourth in the field of 18 runners.

The race ended up with a thrilling finish of the first four. A Shin Forward held off challenges of the other three after grabbing the lead in the early stretch.

Bred in USA by Edition Farm, A Shin Forward is a 5-year-old horse by Forest Wildcat out of Wake Up Kiss, by Cure the Blues.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Field set for 2010 Milechampionship

18 horses will go for the grade one Milechampionship at Kyoto on Sunday.

Sahpresa(USA), the sole foreign entry who finished second in this event last year, has won on his last two starts. Christophe Lemaire takes the mount to break from post 16.
Danon Yoyo comes into this grade one race off four straight victories at 1,600-meter races. The 4-year-old colt faces the grade one company for the first time and gives it a shot.
Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS), having won the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, teams up with Ryan Moore to bid for the mile premier race.

The 27th running of the Milechampionship, grade one
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Kyoto Race-11
post time: 3:40pm JST
3yo+ international 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Fine Grain/7h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
2/Smile Jack/5h/57/Kosei Miura
3/Live Concert(IRE)/6g/57/Ryuji Wada
4/Oken Sakura/3f/54/Yutaka Take
5/T M Aurora/4f/55/Kyosuke Kokubun
6/Jo Cappuccino/4c/57/Kota Fujioka
7/Showa Modern/6h/57/Hiroki Goto
8/Danon Yoyo/4c/57/Christophe Soumillon
9/To the Glory/3c/56/Mirco Demuro
10/Meiner Falke/5h/57/Masami Matsuoka
11/Wild Raspberry/3f/54/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Absolute/6h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
13/A Shin Forward(USA)/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
14/Garbo/3c/56/Akihide Tsumura
15/Gorski/3c/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
16/Sahpresa(USA)/5m/55/Christophe Lemaire
17/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/7h/57/Ryan Moore
18/Kyoei Storm/5h/57/Masayoshi Ebina

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nominations of 2010 Japan Cup

The 20 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the 2010 Japan Cup, held on Sunday, November 28 at Tokyo Race Course.

The local nominations(11):
Victoire Pisa
Eishin Flash
Oken Bruce Lee
Jaguar Mail
Nakayama Festa
Never Bouchon
Buena Vista
Meisho Beluga
Rose Kingdom
[in random order]

The foreign invitees(9):
Dandino(GB) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Snow Fairy(IRE) [has been in Japan since last month]
Joshua Tree(IRE) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Cirrus des Aigles(FR) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Marinous(FR) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Mores Wells(GB) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Fifty Proof(CAN)
[in random order]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Snow Fairy(IRE) romps QE II Cup

Snow Fairy romped the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto Race Course on Sunday. She won it by a decisive 4-length from Meisho Beluga. Third was, another 1 3/4-length behind, favorite Apapane with Little Amapola fourth.

Snow Fairy with Ryan Moore up quickened up into the front down the stretch after taking a good position for the 2,200-meter race at the Kyoto main course. Her quick feet were sensational and the rest stood up. The final time was 2 minutes 12.50 seconds. "She's done very easily. She had the best performance.", Moore said on the TV interview.

Snow Fairy returned 850 jp yen for win as fourth favorite.

Snow Fairy became the first QE II Cup winner as a foreign horse in JRA history. The Intikhab filly out of Woodland Dream, by Charnwood Forest, is one of the foreign invitees for the 2010 Japan Cup and may run in the Japanese world-famous race two weeks later.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Apapane early favorite for QE II Cup

As of Saturday, Apapane has been installed as the 2.2 favorite for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. Meisho Beluga was the 3.8 second favorite followed by Animate Bio 8.9 and Snow Fairy 9.5.

The field of the 2010 QE II Cup was reduced to 17 due to Provinage's scratch.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Field Of 2010 QE II Cup

Apapane, who gained three g1 victories this season, faces the older female runners for the first time when she runs in Sunday's Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto Race Course. The multiple g1 winner will break from post 5.

Meisho Beluga, coming off an impressive victory in the Kyoto Daishoten where she beat the decent male runners, will break from post 9.

The foreign entries are Snow Fairy(IRE) and Ave(GB). Snow Fairy, winner of the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks, drew post 6. Ave, winner of the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes, drew post 16. The two have a good chance to win the QE II Cup.

The 35th running of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, grade one
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Kyoto Race Course, 11th Race
3yo+ f&m international 2,200-meter turf right-handed
post time: 3:40pm JST

1/Columbus Circle/4f/56/Yutaka Take
2/Seraphic Romp/6m/56/Hokuto Miyazaki
3/Reginetta/5m/56/Hideaki Miyuki
4/T M Precure/7m/56/Kyosuke Kokubun
5/Apapane/3f/54/Masayoshi Ebina
6/Snow Fairy(IRE)/3f/54/Ryan Moore
7/Saint Emilion/3f/54/Mirco Demuro
8/Brightia Pulse/5m/56/Kota Fujioka
9/Meisho Beluga/5m/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Hikaru Amaranthus/4f/56/Christophe Lemaire
11/Provinage/5m/56/Tetsuzo Sato
12/Animate Bio/3f/54/Hiroki Goto
13/Sanrei Jasper/8m/56/Yoshiyasu Nanba
14/Earth Symbol/5m/56/Katsuharu Tanaka
15/Mood Indigo/5m/56/Yuga Kawada
16/Ave(GB)/4f/56/Javier Castellano
17/Little Amapola/5m/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Sing Like Bird/5m/56/Ryota Sameshima

Friday, November 05, 2010

Two Invaders For QE II Cup

The two invaders, Snow Fairy(IRE) from England and Ave(GB) from Canada, arrived in Japan to race the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, run at Kyoto Race Course on November 14. Both fillies are now at the JRA facility in Chiba for quarantine purpose.

Snow Fairy won the English Oaks at Epsom and the Irish Oaks at Curragh. Ave won the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park on her previous start last month.