Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 Japan Cup Dirt

Roman Legend, coming off six wins in a row, seeks his first grade one stakes victory on Sunday at Hanshin in the Japan Cup Dirt. The 4-year-old Special Week colt has never finished behind in 5 starts, including victories in the g3 Elm Stakes and the g3 Miyako Stakes last two outings. He has won 8 of 9 dirt races. The Japan Cup Dirt distance is at his best, winning 7 in 8 starts over 1,800 meters on dirt.

Other horses to consider include multiple grade one winner Espoir City; Wonder Acute, winner of the JBC Classic; the g3 Musashino Stakes winner Ijigen; and Transcend, winner of this event in the last two runnings.

The 13th Japan Cup Dirt, Grade One
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Hanshin Race-11 3:40 p.m. JST
3yo+ 1,800-meter dirt right-handed

1/Hatano Vainqueur/3c/56/Hirofumi Shii
2/Civil War/7h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/Miracle Legend/5m/55/Yuga Kawada
4/Espoir City/7h/57/Yutaka Take
5/To the Glory/5h/57/Craig Williams
6/Namura Titan/6yh/57/Shigefumi Kumazawa
7/Transcend/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
8/Ijigen(USA)/3c/56/Ryan Moore
9/Hokko Tarumae/3c/56/Hideaki Miyuki
10/Roman Legend/4c/57/Mirco Demuro
11/Danon Come On/6h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Wonder Acute/6h/57/Ryuji Wada
13/Grape Brandy/4c/57Christophe Lemaire
14/Nihonpiro Ours/5h/57/Manabu Sakai
15/Solitary King/5h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
16/Nice Meet You/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Super Filly wins Japan Cup

Gentildonna gained the fourth g1 glory of the year when she won the Japan Cup this afternoon. She won the 3-year-old filly classics, namely, the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Japanese Oaks and the Shuka Sho, earlier this season.

It was her first start against older horses, but she came out on top in the world-famous Japanese race by outdueling race favorite Orfevre.

Orfevre was about to get past the weakening Beat Black at around 200 meters from home, and at the moment later, Gentildonna squeezed between them. From there, Gentildonna and Orfevre began to emerge a thrilling head-to-head battle to the line.

Gentildonna finished a nose in front of Orfevre under Yasunari Iwata, running the 2,400-meter turf trip in 2 minutes 23.10 seconds. Another a 2 1/2-length behind, Rulership finished third with Dark Shadow another head further away fourth.

Gentildonna gave Orfevre a slight bump as she went for the gap between Orfevre and Beat Black. The steward investigated that incident, but the finishing order stood officially.

Owned by Sunday Racing Co. and trained by S. Ishizaka, Gentidonna has now won seven of her 9 starts with 689+ million jpn yen in career earnings. The 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Bertolioni mare Donna Blini was bred by Northern Racing.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Japan will send five to HK International Races

The 2012 Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin will be participated by the following Japanese horses.

The HK Mile: Grand Prix Boss, Sadamu Patek
The HK Vase: Jaguar Mail
The HK Sprint: Curren Chan, Lord Kanaloa

Orfevre early favorite for Japan Cup

As of Saturday, Orfevre has been installed as the 2.1 favorite for the 2012 Japan Cup. The 4-year-old colt would like to prove that he is the best horse in the country tomorrow. Gentildonnda was the 6.1 second favorite followed by Rulership 6.2 and Fenomeno 8.6. The rest of the field was 10.0 or higher.

Friday, November 23, 2012

2012 Japan Cup

The 2012 Japan Cup drew a total of 17 horses. 5 of them are foreign entries.

Orfevre and Solemia(IRE) meet again when they line up in the Japanese premier race. The last time they met in the Arc de Triomphe in an early-October, Solemia got past Orfevre near the line, winning by a neck.

This time, the home advantage goes to Orfevre, who has won two in three starts at Tokyo. Reunited with K. Ikezoe, this colt would have a good chance.

Other fancied horses include Gentildonna, who has dominated the 3-year-old filly classics this season; Rulership, winner of the HK QE Cup who has consistently run on the high level; Eishin Flash and Fenomeno, who finished first and second in the Tenno Sho Autumn respectively.

The 32nd Japan Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tokyo Race-11

1/Beat Black/5h/57/Syu Ishibashi
2/Sri Putra(GB)/6h/57/Neil Callan
3/Jaguar Mail/8h/57/William Buick
4/Fenomeno/3c/55/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Mount Athos(IRE)/5g/57/Ryan Moore
6/Red Cadeaux(GB)/6g/57/Gerald Mosse
7/Meisho Kampaku/5h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
8/Eishin Flash/5h/57/Christophe Lemaire
9/Oken Bruce Lee/7h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
10/Dark Shadow/5h/57/Mirco Demuro
11/Jakkalberry(IRE)/6h/57/Colm O'Donoghue
12/Rose Kingdom/5h/57/Yutaka Take
13/Rulership/5h/57/Craig Williams
14/Solemia(IRE)/4f/55/Olivier Peslier
15/Gentildonna/3f/53/Yasunari Iwata
16/Tosen Jordan/6h/57/Christophe Soumillon
17/Orfevre/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sadamu Patek takes Mile Champ

It was a sensational victory for Sadamu Patek in the Mile Championship this afternoon at the good Kyoto racecourse.

Yutaka Take took Sadamu Patek into the lead in the mid-stretch. "I aimed at the inside as I planned.", Take said. He just rushed home for a neck victory.

In the late stage, Grand Prix Boss and Donau Blue moved up on the outside for a serious fight, but it was too late to catch the winner. Grand Prix Boss came second with Donau Blue finishing a 1/2-length behind of him in third. Silport, who led the field of 18 from the start, hung on tough to get fourth place.

Sadamu Patek, trained by M.Nishizono at Ritto and owned by S. Onishi, has now won 5 of his 16 races. His career earnings brought to 353+ million jpn yen.
Shadai Corporation was the breeder of Sadamu Patek, a 4-year-old bay colt by Fuji Kiseki out of the Helissio mare Summer Night City.

Friday, November 16, 2012

2012 Grade One Mile Championship

The Mile Championship, Grade One
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Kyoto Race-11
3yo+ 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Sadamu Patek/4c/57/Yutaka Take
2/San Carlo/6h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
3/T M Encore/8h/57Shigefumi Kumazawa
4/Danon Shark/4c/57/Suguru Hamanaka
5/Cosmo Sensor/5h/57/Ryuji Wada
6/Leo Active/3c/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
7/Grand Prix Boss/4c/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
8/Eishin Apollon(USA)/5h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
9/Garbo/5h/57/Syu Ishibashi
10/Real Impact/4c/57/Ryan Moore
11/Final Form/3c/56/Christophe Lemaire
12/Silport/7h/57Yuga Kawada
13/Strong Return/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Fifth Petal/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata
15/I'm Yours/3f/54/Hirofumi Shii
16/Marcellina/4f/55/Mirco Demuro
17/Donau Blue/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
18/Fragarach/5h/57/Ryo Takakura

Consistent performer on the grade level. Comes into this race off a 4th in the grade two Swan Stakes. Has yet to win a grade race but don't underestimate.

Dual grade one winner who finally ended his losing streak when winning the g2 Swan Stakes last month. Would have a chance if he reproduces the best run.

Cosistent runner who has never finished worse than 3rd in 6 starts. Put up a good performance in the older grade company last time out when finishing a respectable second in the g3 Fuji Stakes. Could be open to improvement.

Won the grade one Yasuda Kinen earlier this season. Finished 7th in the grade two Mainichi Okan coming off a 4-month layoff. Would have a chance if he recovers his best form.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2012 Japan Cup Nominations

A total of 17 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the 2012 Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 25.

The nominees(in random order) is as follows:

Eishin Flash
Oken Bruce Lee
Jaguar Mail
Dark Shadow
Tosen Jordan
Beat Black
Meisho Kampaku
Rose Kingdom
Mount Athos(IRE)
Red Cadeaux(GB)
Sri Putra(GB)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rainbow Dahlia triumphs in QE II Cup

Rainbow Dahlia triumphed in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup on the muddy Kyoto racecourse. Veteran jockey Yoshitomi Shibata steered the winning horses to complete the 2,200-meter in 2 minutes 16.30 seconds.

Before the neck victory, Rainbow Dahlia had a hard-fought batttle with Verxia down the stretch. Pixie Princess has the fastest finish to get third place.

Rainbow Dahlia, a 5-year-old chestmut mare by Brian's Time out of the Northern Taste mare Arome, has now won six in 28 starts with 232+ million jpn yen in career earnings.

Friday, November 09, 2012

2012 QE II Cup at Kyoto

In the absence of Gentildonna, Verxina has a good chance to pick up the first grade one victory when she runs in the 16-field of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup - Diamond Jubilee at Kyoto on Sunday. The Deep Impact 3-year-old filly finished seconds in the filly classics behind Gentildonna this season. She drew post 12. Hiroyuki Uchida takes the mount.

Note that Verxina's archrival Gentildonna skips this race and will run in the Japan Cup two weeks later.

The 37th Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup - Diamond Jubilee, Grade One
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Kyoto Race-11
3yo+ f&m 2,200-meter turf right-handed

1/Meine Isabel/4f/56/Masami Matsuoka
2/Acanthus/4f/56/Kosei Miura
3/Smart Silhouette/5m/56/Yasunari Iwata
4/Merveille d'Or/5m/56/Manabu Sakai
5/Meine Jeanne/4f/56/Hideaki Miyuki
6/Pixie Princess/4f/56/Mirco Demuro
7/Fumino Imagine/6m/56/Keisuke Dazai
8/Legend Blue/6m/56/Yusuke Fujioka
9/Christmas Carol/5m/56/Shinichiro Akiyama
10/All That Jazz/4f/56/Yuga Kawada
11/Whale Capture/4f/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
12/Verxina/3f/54/Hiroyuki Uchida
13/Erin Court/4f/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
14/Meine Orchard/4f/56/Daichi Shibata
15/Rainbow Dahlia/5m/56/Yoshitomi Shibata
16/La Scintillante/3f/54/Christophe Lemaire