Sunday, November 27, 2011

Buena Vista wins Japan Cup by a neck

Buena Vista got her revenge on last year's disqualificaion when Yasunari Iwata drove her home to win the Japan Cup this afternoon at Tokyo.

The 5-year-old mare won it by a neck from Tosen Jordan. Third was, another 1 3/4-length behind, Jaguar Mail with Trailblazer another 1/2-length away fourth. Another 3/4-length further behind, Win Variation got fifth. Danedream(GER) and Shareta(IRE) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in an international field of 16.

The very final stage saw a thrilling battle between Buena Vista and Tosen Jordan. A better runner of the two was Buena Vista, who crossed the line in 2 minutes 24.20 seconds for the 2,400-meter winning time.

Buena Vista has now recorded the sixth grade one victory and totally ninth wins in 22 career starts with more than 1.4 billion jp yen in career earnings. Bred by Northern Racing, she is trained by H. Matsuda and owed by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.

Buena Vista is a day bay mare by Special Week out of the Caerleon mare Biwa Heidi.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Danedream Early Favorite for 2011 Japan Cup

As of Saturday, the favorite for the 2011 Japan Cup went to Danedream(GER), who has been installed at the odds of 3.2. The Arc de Triomphe winner will break from post 13.

The 3.7 second favorite went to Buena Vista, who breaks from post 2. Pelusa was the 9.0 third favorite followed by Victoire Pisa 11.0 and Tosen Jordan 11.4.

The post time of the Japan Cup will be at 3:20 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 27, 2011.

Friday, November 25, 2011

2011 Japan Cup

A total of 16 runners have been entered for the 2011 Japan Cup, held on Sunday, November 27 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Buena Vista attempts to revenge a disqualification after finishing first in last year's Japan Cup. Her form could be topped in this second start off taking a long vacation.
Tosen Jordan and Eishin Flash, who ran in the Tenno Sho Autumn last outing, could produce a good fight in the final stage.
Victoire Pisa is capable of winning the world-famous Japanese race, but he has not run since the Dubai World Cup which he won for Japan.
It will be no big surprise that Danedream gets to the winning post.

The 31st Japan Cup, Grade One
international 3yo+ 2,400-meter turf left-handed

1/Jaguar Mail/7h/57/Hirofumi Shii
2/Buena Vista/5m/55/Yasunari Iwata
3/Rose Kingdom/4c/57/Ioritz Mendizabal
4/Oken Bruce Lee/6h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Trailblazer/4c/57/Yutaka Take
6/To the Glory/4c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/Pelusa/4c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
8/Victoire Pisa/4c/57/Mirco Demuro
9/Sarah Lynx(IRE)/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
10/King Top Gun/8h/57/Keita Tosaki
11/Mission Approved(USA)/7h/57/Jose Espinoza
12/Win Variation/3c/55/Katsumi Ando
13/Danedream(GER)/3f/53/Andrasch Starke
14/Shareta(IRE)/3f/53/Christophe Lemaire
15/Eishin Flash/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
16/Tosen Jordan/5h/57/Craig Williams

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Eishin Apollon takes Mile Championship

Kenichi Ikezoe-piloted Eishin Apollon(USA) took the Mile Championship this afternoon at Kyoto in 1 minute 33.90 seconds on good ground. Fifth Petal was, a neck behind, second with Sahpresa(USA) finishing another 1 1/2-length back in third. Race favorite Real Impact finished fifth. Immortal Verse(IRE) got seventh.

Eishin Apollon finished strongly having taken a good position in the early stage. Before getting to the winning post, he had to deny the challenge of Fifth Petal.

It was the fourth victory in 14 starts for Eishin Apollon, whose career earnings boosted to 289+ million jp yen for owner T. Hirai and trainer M. Matsunaga. Silk and Scarlet Syndicate was the breeder of Eishin Apollon, a 4-year-old bay colt by Giant's Causeway out of the Sadler's Wells mare Silk and Scarlet.

Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 Mile Championship Field

Real Impact is a talented 3-year-old colt who won the grade one Yasuda Kinen by beating the older g1 company earlier this season. He breaks from post 8.
Eishin Apollon(USA) may have good momentum off victory in the grade three Fuji Stakes. This colt will break from post 5.

The European entries are Immortal Verse(IRE) and Sahpresa(USA).
Immortal Verse, European g1 winner, is capable of getting up to the line first if she handles the firm Kyoto ground.
Multiple g1 winner Sahpresa will have his third Mile Championship run(fourth in 2010 and third in 2009) having come off victory in the Sun Chariot Stakes.

The 28th Mile Championship, Grade One
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Kyoto Race-11
3yo+ 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Fifth Petal/5h//57/Norihiro Yokoyama
2/Danon Yoyo/5h/57/Yuichi Kitamura
3/Silport/6h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
4/Live Concert(IRE)/7g/57/Yuga Kawada
5/Eishin Apollon(USA)/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
6/A Shin Forward(USA)/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata
7/Immortal Verse(IRE)/3f/54/Christophe Soumillon
8/Real Impact/3c/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
9/Marcellina/3f/54/Katsumi Ando
10/Smile Jack/6h/57/Kosei Miura
11/Grand Prix Boss/3c/56/Mirco Demuro
12/Mikki Dream/4c/57/Ryuji Wada
13/Sahpresa(USA)/6m/57/Christophe Lemaire
14/Rainbow Pegasus/6h/57/Ioritz Mendizabal
15/Blitzen/5h/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
16/Clever Tosho/5h/57/Yutaka Take
17/Ridill/4c/57/Futoshi Komaki
18/Kyowa Jeanne/3f/54/Yuji Iida

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Snow Fairy back-to-back win in QE II Cup

Snow Fairy(IRE) posted a back-to-back victory in the grade one Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup this afternoon when she won the 2,200-meter race in 2 minutes 11.60 seconds under the hands of Ryan Moore.

Aventura, a neck behind the winner, was second with Apapane another length back third. Whale Capture finished fourth followed by Rainbow Dahlia fifth in the field of 18 fillies and mares.

Shimmei Fuji weakened around 200 meters out, and Whale Capture, Apapane and Aventura fought for the lead. One of the three looked like a sure winner, but all of sudden Snow Fairy was on the seen. She just split between Whale Capture and Apapane right before she put her neck in front at the line.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Snow Fairy Early Favorite for QE II Cup

As of Saturday, Snow Fairy(IRE) has been installed as the 3.6 favorite for the 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup on Sunday at Kyoto. The 4-year-old filly, trained in England by E. Dunlop, tries to defend the QE II Cup title.

Aventura, winner of the Shuka Sho, was the 5.4 second favorite. Reve d'Essor, undefeated filly in four starts, was the 6.0 third favorite followed by multiple g1 winner Apapane 9.0 fourth favorite.

The post time of the QE II Cup will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 13, 2011.

Mission Approved arrives in Japan
Mission Approved(USA) arrived in Japan on November 11. He is scheduled to run in the Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 27, 2011.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Snow Fairy returns to Kyoto for another QE II Cup title

Snow Fairy(IRE) returns to Kyoto Racecourse to bid for another victory of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. The defending champ of the QE II Cup has yet to win this season, but she finished third in the Arc de Triomphe on her last outing.

Dancing Rain(IRE), winner of the English Oaks, is capable of making a big time run if she handles the Kyoto turf ground.

The main contenders among the local entries are likely to Aventura, Apapane, Animate Bio and Reve d'Essor.

The 36th Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Kyoto Race-11
International 3yo+ 2,200-meter turf right-handed

1/Aventura/3f/54/Yasunari Iwata
2/Italian Red/5m/56/Suguru Hamanaka
3/Whale Capture/3f/54/Kenichi Ikezoe
4/Apapane/4f/56/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Walkure/7m/56/Ryuji Wada
6/Saint Emilion/4f/56/Mirco Demuro
7/Animate Bio/4f/56/Hironobu Tanabe
8/Reve d'Essor/3f/54/Yuichi Fukunaga
9/Rainbow Dahlia/4f/56/Yuga Kawada
10/Fumino Imagine/5m/56/Keisuke Dazai
11/Broad Street/5m/56/Shinji Fujita
12/Shimmei Fuji/4f/56/Yuichi Kitamura
13/All That Jazz/3f/54/Futoshi Komaki
14/Dancing Rain(IRE)/3f/54/John Murtagh
15/Erin Court/3f/54/Hiroki Goto
16/Gullveig/3f/54/Hirofumi Shii
17/Lady Alba Rosa/4f/56/Yutaka Take
18/Snow Fairy(IRE)/4f/56/Ryan Moore

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Two Foreigners Arrive In Japan

Immortal Verse(IRE) and Sahpresa(USA) arrived in Japan on November 5 to run in the grade one Milechampionship on November 20 at Kyoto.

It will be the third Milechampionship run for Sahpresa, who finished third and fourth in the last two years.

Red Desire retired
Red Desire has been retired from racing with 4 wins in 14 career starts and 360+ million jp yen in career earnings. She won the Shuka Sho in 2009 and the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 in 2010. The 5-year-old mare will breed at Shadai Farm in Hokkaido next breeding season.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

QE II Cup Information

Snow Fairy(IRE) and Dancing Rain(IRE) arrived in Japan on Monday, October 31. The two fillies are scheduled to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup on November 13 at Kyoto. Snow Fairy attempts to defend the QE II Cup title.

Nakayama Festa Retired
Nakayama Festa has been retired from racing with five wins in 15 career starts and 419+ million jp yen in career earnings. The 5-year-old horse will go to stud at Breeders Stallion Station in Hokkaido.