Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dee Majesty storms home in Satsuki Sho

Eighth favorite Dee Majesty came from far behind to win the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama Sunday. In the final stage, Masayoshi Ebina-driven Dee Majesty got past Leontes, Air Spinel and Satono Diamond on the outside in the blink of an eye before completing the 2,000-meter distance in a near-record time of 1 minute 57.90 seconds on a firm ground.

The late-running Makahiki came on the far outside to finish second, a 1 1/4-length behind. Another 1 1/4-length behind, Satono Diamond finished third. Leontes finished fourth, but was demoted to fifth for interference with Air Spinel, who was promoted to fourth from fifth.

The winning rider Ebina said, "All went well. The race with the high pace early on worked out perferctly for us. He relaxed at the rear of the field. I thought he smashed into the front as he was going well heading for the stretch slope."

Trained by Y. Ninomiya, Dee Majesty has raced five times, finishing three firsts and two seconds,  with more than 178 million jpn yen in career earnings. Owned and bred by M. Shimada, Dee Majesty is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Hermes Tiara, by Brian's Time.

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