Friday, March 04, 2016

12 starters for Yayoi Sho


A field of 12 is set for the Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho, led by Leontes, a sensational winner of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in his only second start last December. 
The King Kamehameha colt will be controlled by hot rider Micro Demuro to break from post 10. 
Air Spinel, second in the Futurity Stakes behind Leontes, drew post 4. 
Makahiki, a two-time winner who won the Wakagoma Stakes in great style last outing, takes a big test. He drew post 11.

The post position with riders for the grade two 2,000-meter race at Nakayama is:

1 Admire Eikan, Yasunari Iwata
2 Sha La La*, Teruo Eda
3 Taisei Summit, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Air Spinel, Yutaka Take
5 Vigor Edge, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Mo Katteru, Kosei Miura
7 Ken Hovawart, Ryoya Kozaki
8 Imagine That, Keita Tosaki
9 Moses, Masayoshi Ebina
10 Leontes, Mirco Demuro
11 Makahiki, Christophe Lemaire
12 Edict, Takuya Ono
* - filly

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16 fillies have been entered for the Tulip Sho, one of the major preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Saturday.

Jeweler, who showed a great closing kick when a narrow-second in the Shinzan Kinen last January, is the likely favorite for the 1,600-meter race. Mirco Demuro will ride her to break from post 9.
The main oppositions to Jeweler could be: Elfin Stakes winner Red Avancer, two-time winner Sinhalite and Win Fabulous, second in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.

The post position with rider for the Tulip Sho is:

1 Fall in Love, Kohei Matsuyama
2 Denko Ange, Yuga Kawada
3 Vivlos, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Admire Lead, Yuji Hishida
5 Queen's Best, Fabrice Veron
6 Sacre Diva, Shinichiro Akiyama
7 Lavender Valley, Keita Tosaki
8 Elvish, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 Jeweler, Mirco Demuro
10 Blanc Bonheur, Yasunari Iwata
11 Sinhalite, Kenichi Ikezoe
12 Win Fabulous, Masami Matsuoka
13 Kaiserball, Hirofumi Shii
14 Kurino Lahore, Futoshi Komaki
15 Crocosmia, Masaki Katsuura
16 Red Avancer, Yutaka Take

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The main event of the day at the Nakayama Saturday meeting will be the grade three Ocean Stakes, one of the trials for the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, for 4-year-olds and up.
The 1,200-meter race with a total of 16 entrants looks like a wide-open contest.

The field is:

1 Sky Cutie, 6m, 54, Yutaka Yoshida
2 Hakusan Moon, 7h, 56, Manabu Sakai
3 Nero, 5h, 56, Kosei Miura
4 Kahala Bisty, 7m, 54, Daichi Shibata
5 Henny Hound(USA), 8h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
6 Gold Pegasus, 4c, 56, Andrasch Starke
7 Snow Dragon, 8h, 57, Takuya Ono
8 Sugino Endeavour, 8h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
9 Total Heat(USA), 5m, 54, Ryuji Wada
10 Seiko Raiko, 9h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
11 A Shin Bullseye(USA), 5h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
12 Wakino Brave, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
13 Afford, 8h, 56, Yukito Ishikawa
14 Sakajiro Royal, 8h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
15 Flame Halo, 8g, 56, Teruo Eda
16 Albiano(USA), 4f, 55, Christophe Lemaire

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Brief Horseracing News

Amour Briller(USA), ridden by Yutaka Take, won the NAR grade two Empress Hai in two consecutive years at Kawasaki on March 2.
Lovely Day will make his 2016 debut in the April 3 Sankei Osaka Hai before going for the April 24 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong.
Shonan Pandora, winner of last year's Japan Cup, will return to this season in the April 3 Sankei Osaka Hai. 
German rider Andrasch Starke has been granted the JRA temporary license effective from March 5 thru April 3.

As of Friday, six horses will go for the March 26 Dubai World Cup Races:
Duramente, Last Impact for Dubai Sheema Classic
Real Steel for Dubai Turf
Neo Black Dia for Dubai Gold Cup
On the Rocks, Yu Change for UAE Derby

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