Friday, December 25, 2015

Field drawn for 2015 Arima Kinen


16 horses assemble for the Arima Kinen(Grand Prix), the biggest season-ending race, at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday. It looks like a wide-open contest.

Last Impact, second in the Japan Cup, drew post 3. 
Tenno Sho Autumn winner Lovely Day, who finished third in the Japan Cup, drew post 4. 
Albert(post 6) and Gold Actor(post 7), both whom are stepping up to the highest level, meet the top company for the first time.
Kitasan Black, winner of the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), drew post 11 to face the top older horses.
Lia Fail, a narrow third in the Kikuka Sho, drew post 12.
Rouge Buck, one of the top 3-year-old fillies, has post 13.
Gold Ship, well-beaten in the Japan Cup, will appear on the course as his farewell race. He drew post 15.
Marialite, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, has post 16.

The field for the 2,500-meter turf race is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Ocean Blue, 7h, 57, Yukito Ishikawa
2 Hit the Target, 7h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
3 Last Impact, 5h, 57, Yuji Hishida
4 Lovely Day, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada
5 Admire Deus, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
6 Albert, 4c, 57, Andrea Atzeni
7 Gold Actor, 4c, 57, Hayato Yoshida
8 One and Only, 4c, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Sounds of Earth, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
10 Tosen Reve, 7h, 57, Hugh Bowman
11 Kitasan Black, 3c, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Lia Fail, 3c, 55, Christophe Lemaire
13 Rouge Buck, 3f, 53, Keita Tosaki
14 Derby Fizz, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
15 Gold Ship, 6h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
16 Marialite, 4f, 55, Masayoshi Ebina

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Right before the Arima Kinen on the Sunday program at Nakayama, the grade two Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run. 13 colts will contest the 2,000-meter race.

pp HorseName(sire) Rider
1 Admire Eikan(Heart's Cry) Yasunari Iwata
2 Prince Charmant(Jungle Pocket) Keita Tosaki
3 Neko Dancer(Black Tide) Syu Ishibashi
4 On the Rocks(Samurai Heart) Yuga Kawada
5 Love Leo(Symboli Kris S) Kosei Miura
6 Hartley(Deep Impact) Hugh Bowman
7 Dee Majesty(Deep Impact) Masayoshi Ebina
8 Battistini(King Kamehameha) Christophe Lemaire
9 Lord Quest(Matsurida Gogh) Mirco Demuro
10 Prayer Samson(Meisho Samson) Andrea Atzeni
11 Brave Smash(Tosen Phantom) Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Crown Sky(Meisho Bowler) Hayato Yoshida
13 Black Spinel(Tanino Gimlet) Fuma Matsuwaka

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Saturday's main event at Hanshin Racecourse will be the grade two Hanhin Cup for 3-year-olds and up. A total of 17runners have been entered to the 1,400-meter turf race.

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Big Arthur, 4c, 57, Kota Fujioka
2 Daiwa Maggiore, 6h, 57, Andrea Atzeni
3 Afford, 7h, 57, Ryuji Wada
4 T M Taiho, 6h, 57, Daisaku Matsuda
5 Uliuli, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
6 Sunrise Major, 6h, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
7 Active Minoru, 3c, 56, Yutaka Take
8 Danon Shark, 7h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
9 Meisho Liner, 5h, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
10 Meisho Tsugaru, 7h, 57, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11 Tagano Burg, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
12 Arma Waioli, 3c, 56, Masaki Katsuura
13 Rosa Gigantea, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
14 Clarente, 6h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
15 Dance Director, 5h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
16 Meiner Aurato, 4c, 57, Hugh Bowman
17 Smart Orion, 5h, 57, Koshiro Take

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