Sunday, October 28, 2012

Eishin Flash wins Tenno Sho Autumn

Eishin Flash finally ended his losing streak when he won the Tenno Sho Autumn under Mirco Demuro this afternoon at Tokyo. It was the first victory for Eishin Flash since May 30, 2010 when he won the Japanese Derby.

As expected, Silport set the pace and got a huge lead before the first bend. Curren Black Hill ran at the head of a big pack of runners.

As Silport weakened at the mid-stretch, Eishin Flash along with the rail was sneaking into the top. Fenomeno and Rulership on the outside got into contention. 

The best stride of them all was Eishin Flash, who crossed the line in 1 minute 57.30 seconds for the winning time over 2,000 meters on grass.

Second was, a 1/2-length behind, Fenomeno with Rulership another 1 1/4-length away third. Fourth was, another 3/4-length behind, Dark Shadow who finished a head
in front of fifth-placed Curren Black Hill.

Eishin Flash, trained by H. Fujiwara and owned by T. Hirai, has now won 5 of his 20 races with more than 632 million jpn yen in career earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of Eishin Flash, a 5-year-olf dark bay horse by King's Best out of the Platini mare Moonlady.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Curren Black Hill early favorite for Tenno Sho Autumn

As of Saturday, Curren Black Hill has been installed as the 4.6 favorite for the Tenno Sho Autumn at Kyoto. The Daiwa Major colt has a flawless record in 5 starts. Rulership was the 4.2 second favorite followed by Fenomeno 4.6 and Dark Shadow 6.2.

The post time of the grade one 2,000-meter race will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Tenno Sho Autumn

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the grade one traditional race.

The main contenders:
Curren Black Hill - Undefeated 3-year-old colt in 5 starts; beat the older runners in the Mainichi Okan last outing; open to more improvement
Rulership - winner of the group one Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin; could have a big run at his favorite distance of 2,000-meter
Fenomeno - A narrow second in the Japanese Derby; faces the older runners for the first time but don't underestimate him
Tosen Jordan - Reigning Champion; has consistently run at the highest level; could reproduce the last year's run
Dark Shadow - Won the Sapporo Kinen last outing; has a chance to get his first grade one glory

The 146th Tenno Sho Autumn, Grade One
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tokyo Racecourse, Race-11
3yo+ 2,000-meter turf left-handed

1/Nakayama Knight/4c/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Silport/7h/58/Futoshi Komaki
3/Never Bouchon/9h/58/Kosei Miura
4/Fenomeno/3c/56/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Sadamu Patek/4c/58/Yutaka Take
6/Rulership/5h/58/Ioritz Mendizabal
7/Earnestly/7h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
8/Jaguar Mail/8h/58/Syu Ishibashi
9/Daiwa Falcon/5h/58/Hiroshi Kitamura
10/Federalist/5h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
11/Just a Way/3c/56/Hiroyuki Uchida
12/Eishin Flash/5h/58/Mirco Demuro
13/Dark Shadow/5h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Transwarp/7g/58/Takuya Ono
15/Tosen Jordan/6h/58/Christophe Soumillon
16/Curren Black Hill/3c/56/Shinichiro Akiyama
17/Meiner Starry/7h/58/Masami Matsuoka
18/To the Glory/5h/58/Yasunari Iwata

Deep Brillante retired
Deep Brillante, winner of the 2012 Japanese Derby, has been retired from racing due to tendon injury on right leg.
He won three in seven starts with 292+ million jp yen in career earnings.  His final race was the King George at Ascot where he finished 8th.
He will stud at Shadai Stallion Station.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gold Ship gains second classic victory

Gold Ship gained the second classic victory of the year when he won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), the last leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds. He beat Sky Dignity by a 1 3/4-length with Yuki Soldier another 2-length away third.

A glorious day at Kyoto, the 18 colts went to post on time. Gold Ship broke well but was dead last in the early race. Gold Ship, the red-hot favorite, was on the early and great move before the third corner for the second time. By the time the field turned for home, the gray colt was in
front. From there, he was never behind en route to winning the 3,000-meter classic in 3 minutes 2.90 seconds.

Trained by N. Sugai, Gold Ship has now won six of his nine races. His career earnings brought to 436+ million jp yen.

Gold Ship, owned and bred by E. Kobayashi, is a 3-year-old colt by Stay Gold out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Point Flag.

Friday, October 19, 2012

2012 Kikuka Sho Field

The field of the 2012 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) has been drawn.

In the absence of Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante, Gold Ship, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) tops the field of 18 colts for the grade one 3,000-meter race at Kyoto. He has a good momentum off an impressive victory in the Kobe Shimbun Hai on September 23.

The main oppositions to Gold Ship are likely to be Mount Shasta and Sky Dignity.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

1/Gold Ship/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Federal Hall/Hayato Yoshida
3/Veiled Impact/Hirofumi Shii
4/Lanikai Tsuyoshi/Tetsuzo Sato
5/Ardent/Mirco Demuro
6/Lord Acclaim/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/Etendard/Masami Matsuoka
8/New Dynasty/Suguru Hamanaka
9/Fujimasa Emperor/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Mount Shasta/Yuga Kawada
11/B B Japan/Koshiro Take
12/Cosmo Ozora/Daichi Shibata
13/Danon Gelato/Kosei Miura
14/Mill Dream/Teruo Eda
15/Yuki Soldier/Shinichiro Akiyama
16/Sky Dignity/Ioritz Mendizabal
17/Tagano Big Bang/Keisuke Dazai
18/Trip/Futoshi Komaki
All starters carry 57 kgs.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gentildonna wins Shuka Sho in thrilling photo finish

The 2012 Shuka Sho was won at Kyoto in thrilling photo finish by favorite Gentildonna, who became the fourth filly to win the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-old fillies.

After one of the most thrilling finishes in JRA graded races, Gentildonna, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, beat Verxina by a nose with Aromatico another 1 1/2-length away third. Bridge Climb finished another 1/2-length back in fourth with Cherry Medusa fifth in the field of 18.

The final time was 2 minutes .40 second over 2,000 meters on firm ground.

Friday, October 12, 2012

2012 Shuka Sho Field

A total of 18 three-year-old fillies will go for the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto.

Gentildonna, winner of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks, drew post 14. Verxina, who finished seconds in the Oka Sho and the Japanese Oaks, drew post 1. I'm Yours, who beat the older female runners to win the Queen Stakes, drew post 17.

The post time of the 2,000-meter turf event will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 14.

The field in post position with riders is as follows:

1/Verxina/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Aromatico/Tetsuzo Sato
3/Bridge Climb/Takuya Ono
4/Hawaiian Wind/Nicola Pinna
5/Las Venturas/Yuga Kawada
6/Cherry Medusa/Futoshi Komaki
7/Tosen Benizakura/Yutaka Take
8/Quatre Feuilles/Hirofumi Shii
9/Daiwa Zoom/Norihiro Yokoyama
10/Hana's Goal/Hironobu Tanabe
11/Sunshine/Suguru Hamanaka
12/Ice Follies/Masami Matsuoka
13/Meisho Suzanna/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Gentildonna/Yasunari Iwata
15/Midsummer Fair/Masayoshi Ebina
16/Satono Jolly/Shinichiro Akiyama
17/I'm Yours/Kenichi Ikezoe
18/Omega Heartland/Syu Ishibashi
All the starters carry 55 kgs.

Monday, October 08, 2012

2012 Shuka Sho Nominations

A total of 21 fillies remain on the nomination list of the 2012 Shuka Sho, considered as the final leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-old fillies, at Kyoto on October 14. The nominations include Gentildonna, who won the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Past performance of Japanese horses in Arc de Triomphe

Past performance of Japanese horses in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is as follows:

1969/Speed Symboli/10th
1972/Mejiro Musashi/18th
1986/Sirius Symboli/14th
1999/El Condor Pasa/2nd
2002/Manhattan Cafe/13th
2006/Deep Impact/finished 3rd but disqualified
2008/Meisho Samson/10th
2010/Nakayama Festa/2nd
2010/Victoire Pisa/7th
2011/Hiruno d'Amour/10th
2011/Nakayama Festa/11th

Orfevre has a good chance to win the premier race next Sunday.