Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Flashback: 2000 Yasuda Kinen

50th Yasuda Kinen on June 04, 2000

Hong Kong horse wins Yasuda Kinen
Fairy King Prawn became the first Hong Kong-trained horse to win the JRA grade one race when the 5-year-old gelding came off a great victory in the Yasuda Kinen under Hong Kong top jockey Robert Pradd at Tokyo Racecourse. Trainer I.W.Allan gained the first Yasuda Kinen title in his third attempt. Prior to today's victory, Mr.Allan sent his horses in the last two years; Oriental Express(second in 1998 and 12th in 1999) and Holy Grail(14th in 1999).

Fairy King Prawn, the 1999 Hong Kong Sprint winner, covered a 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 33.9 seconds, finishing one and a quarter length better than Diktat of UAE, who came in second.
Another neck back, King Halo was third with a 3/4-length further behind Stinger fourth. 

Coming down the stretch on the outside with a strong run, 10th pick Fairy King Prawn passed third pick King Halo and favorite Stinger inside the 200-meter marker to take a sole lead fair and square on the way to crossing the finish line first. King Halo and Stinger were overdriven near the line by six pick Diktat, with D.O'Donohoe up, who came in late to challenge the winner but was not able to catch him.

Fairy King Prawn took the postion in the mid-pack of the field before turning wide at the final turn to rally on the outside. Diktat remained on Fairy King Prawn's heel all the time as far as the 200-meter out, but he resumed a fight back in the end.

Eishin Rudens set the pace with the opening 1,000-meter in 58.6 seconds, followed by Daiwa Caerleon, Meiner Max and other runners. The field formed in a long line. 

Combination of Fairy King Prawn and Diktat paid hugely; bracket quinella and horse quinella returned 6,580 yen and 14,700 yen for 100 yen respectively.

Fairy King Prawn, a bay gelding of Danehill and Twiglet, by Twig Moss, bred by Tremon Thoroughbreds VIC in Australia, has now won seven races of 16 career starts with a career earning of more than 264 jpn million yen.

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