Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2016 Takamatsunomiya Kinen Nominations

A total of 21 horses have been nominated for the Takamatsunomiya Kinen to be run on Sunday, March 27 at Chukyo Racecourse.

Active Minoru
A Shin Bullseye(USA)
Big Arthur
Dance Director
Earth Sonic
Hakusan Moon
Hiruno Devaro
Laurel Veloce
Let's Go Donki
Mikki Isle
Sakura Gospel
Satono Lupin
Sudden Storm
Sugino Endeavour
Snow Dragon
Ukiyono Kaza
Wakino Brave 
(in alphabetical order)

Hong Kong Champion horse Aerovelocity has been out of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen due to colic.

Recent Ratings
Mikki Isle 113
Dance Director 111
A Shin Bullseye 110
Bravissimo 108
Sudden Storm 108
Hakusan Moon 106

Surprise results are rare. Three 1st favorites, one 2nd favorite, three 3rd favorites and three 4th favorites have won in the last 10 years. No horse at odds of 10.0 or over has won in the last decade. Prior to Taktamatsunomiya Kinen, the last 10 winners have finished 4 firsts, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and a fourth. The best trial race has been the Hankyu Hai. Five of the last 10 winners have previously raced there.

Other grade races this weekend:
Sunday, March 27 sees the grade three March Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards at Nakayama. A total of 18 horses have been nominated for the 1,800-meter dirt race.

Gold Actor tops among the 10 horses nominated for the grade two 2,500-meter Nikkei Sho at Nakayama on Saturday, March 26.

On the same day, Hanshin features the grade three 1,800-meter Mainichi Hai for which 14 three-year-olds have been nominated.

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