Sunday, December 31, 2017

Graded Races Schedule in January 2018


Graded Races at JRA
Jan 06 Nakayama Kimpai g3 4yo+ 2000m turf Nakayama
Jan 06 Kyoto Kimpai g3 4yo+ 1600m turf Kyoto
Jan 07 Fairy Stakes g3 3yo f 1600m turf Nakayama
Jan 08 Shinzan Kinen g3 3yo 1600m turf Kyoto
Jan 13 Aichi Hai g3 4yo+ 2000m turf Chukyo
Jan 14 Keisei Hai g3 3yo 2000m turf Nakayama
Jan 14 Nikkei Shinshun Hai g2 4yo+ 2400m turf Kyoto
Jan 21 America Jockey Club Cup g2 4yo+ 2200m turf Nakayama
Jan 21 Tokai Stakes g2 4yo+ 1800m dirt Chukyo
Jan 28 Negishi Stakes g3 4yo+ 1400m dirt Tokyo
Jan 28 Silk Road Stakes g3 4yo+ 1200m turf Kyoto

Graded Races at NAR
Jan 24 TCK Jo-o Hai g3 4yo+ f&m 1800m dirt Ohi
Jan 31 Kawasaki Kinen g1 4yo+ 2100m dirt Kawasaki

Friday, December 29, 2017

Copano Rickey finishes alone in Tokyo Daishoten


Copano Rickey set the pace from start to romp home in the Tokyo Daishoten under Hironobu Tanabe at Ohi on Friday. This was his farewell race to wrap up his glorious career with the 3-length victory.
Sound True finished a 2 1/2-length before K T Brave in third. The final time for the 2,000-meter dirt distance was 2 minutes 4.20 seconds.
Copano Rickey, trained by A.Murayama and owned by S.Kobayashi, ended his racing career with 16 wins in 33 starts and more than 995 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Yanagawa Bokujo was the breeder of Copano Rickey, a 7-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Time Flyer rallies in Hopeful S


Time Flyer came from far behind to win the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama on Thursday afternoon.
As Cristian Demuro took Time Flyer to the outside in the stretch, the colt flashed past the rivals. A 1 1/4-length behind, Gendarme(USA) was second with another neck back Stay Foolish third.
The 2,000-meter race was run in 2 minutes 1.40 seconds on firm ground.
Time Flyer, who has now won three of his five races, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Heart's Cry out of Time Traveling, by Brian's Time.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Tokyo Daishoten


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Tokyo Daishoten, one of the NAR grade one races, at Ohi track on Friday, December 29.
JRA entries are Mitsuba, Sound True, Apollo Kentuckey(USA), Incantation, K T Brave, Copano Rickey and London Town.
Higashi Will Win, who won the Japan Dirt Derby and followed with a respectable second in the g2 Urawa Kinen, could top among the NAR entrants.

The post position with riders for the 2,000-meter dirt race is:

1-Mitsuba, Mirco Demuro
2-Turbulence, Hiroto Yoshihara
3-Sound True, Takuya Ono
4-Sabuno Kurohyo, Jogi Wada
5-Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
6-Cosmo Cut, Yuichi Ando
7-Baldassare, Shuji Akaoka
8-Higashi Will Win, Taito Mori
9-Sand Platina, Daisuke Mashima
10-Incantation, Kosei Miura
11-Shadow Party(IRE), Ryo Takamatsu
12-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
13-Copano Rickey, Hironobu Tanabe
14-Hercules, Shoya Hozono
15-London Town, Yasunari Iwata
16-Sei Falcon, Seiji Sakai

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 upgraded Hopeful Stakes


The Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds, upgraded to grade one, attracts 17 horses.

Two-time winner Time Flyer, having placed second in the grade two Kyoto Nisai Stakes last outing, drew post 7. Suns Rival, undefeated in two starts, who has been off the course for three months, drew post 9. Flatley, fifth in the Ivy Stakes, breaks from post 11. Lucas, who finished a good second in the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes in his second start, drew post 10. Gendarme(USA), undefeated colt who won the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes last outing, breaks from post 15.

The grade one Hopeful Stakes will be run on Thursday, December 28 at Nakayama Racecourse.

The post position with riders for the 2,000-meter turf race is:

1-Lune Rouge(by Monterosso) f Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Tosen Drieger(by Tosen Laurence) c Kazuo Yokoyama
3-Water Parfait(by Rulership) c Manabu Sakai
4-Lord Axis(by Break Run Out) c Kosei Miura
5-Trine(by Deep Impact) c Yuichi Kitamura
6-My Heartbeat(by Zenno Rob Roy) c Akihide Tsumura
7-Time Flyer(by Heart's Cry) Cristian Demuro
8-Charlemagne(by Victoire Pisa) c Keita Tosaki
9-Suns Rival(by Rulership) c Hironobu Tanabe
10-Lucas(by Screen Hero) c Mirco Demuro
11-Flatley(by Heart's Cry) c Christophe Lemaire
12-Jun Valerot(by New Approach) c Kota Fujioka
13-Stay Foolish(by Stay Gold) c Yuta Nakatani
14-Work and Love(by Sinister Minister) c Hiroyuki Uchida
15-Gendarme(USA)(by Kitten's Joy) c Yutaka Take
16-Shaft of Light(by Deep Sky) c Daisaku Matsuda
17-Nasuno Symphony(by Heart's Cry) f Hayato Yoshida
Weight: 55 kgs for colts, 54 kgs for fillies

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kitasan Black leads all the way in Arima Kinen


Race favorite Kitasan Black led a field of 16 and went all the way to win the Arima Kinen in a farewell race at Nakayama on Sunday. A 1 1/2-length behind, Queen's Ring was second with another nose back Cheval Grand. Suave Richard was, another neck behind, fourth. Yutaka Take rode the winner to travel the 2,500-meter distance in 2 minutes 33.60 seconds.
Kitasan Black has raced 20 times and won 12 of them under the trainer of H.Shimizu and the colors of Ono Shoji. With the 3+ first prize money of the Arima Kinen, his career earnings brought to 1.8+ billion jpn yen and he became the richest earner in Japan.
Bred by Yanagawa Bokujo, Kitasan Black is a 5-year-old bay horse by Black Tide out of Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Isla Bonita wins Hanshin C in farewell race


Isla Bonita won the Hanshin Cup under Christophe Lemaire in record time to round off his racing career at Hanshin on Saturday.
It was a thrilling neck-to-neck battle by Isla Bonita and Dance Director. At the finish, Isla Bonita put his nose into front. Third was, a 1 1/4-length behind Dance Director, Sungrazer. The 1,400-meter race was run in the record time of 1 minute 19.50 seconds.
Isla Bonita, winner of the 2016 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), who ended his career with eight wins in 25 starts, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Fuji Kiseki out of Isla Cozzene, by Cozzene.

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 Hanshin Cup


A total of 18 horses have been entered to the Hanshin Cup for 3-year-olds and upward.

Mozu Ascot(USA), coming into this race off four-straight victory, will step up into class to face the tougher rivals. It is very interesting how he runs in the grade company.
The top finishers in the Mile Championship could be competitive such as Isla Bonita, Reine Minoru and Sungrazer.

The grade two Hanshin Cup will be run on Saturday, December 23 at Hanshin Racecourse.

In the post position with riders, the field for the 1,400-meter race is:

1-Moon Crest, Yusuke Fujioka
2-Isla Bonita, Christophe Lemaire
3-Tagano Burg, Manabu Sakai
4-All the Go, Yuta Nakatani
5-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
6-Campbell Junior(AUS), Ryan Moore
7-Mozu Ascot(USA), Cristian Demuro
8-Epoisses, Hugh Bowman
9-Vip Lively, Takuya Ono
10-Sungrazer, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Apollo no Shinzan, Akihide Tsumura
12-Dance Director, Yutaka Take
13-Moanin(USA), Yasunari Iwata
14-Sunrise Major, Kenichi Ikezoe
15-Tosho Piste, Yoshihiro Furukawa
16-Mi Suerte, Yuga Kawada
17-Shuji, Norihiro Yokoyama
18-Shining Lei, Yuichi Kitamura

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Field drawn for 2017 Arima Kinen


A field has been drawn for the Arima Kinen known as the Grand Prix Race on Thursday night.

Multiple grade one winner Kitasan Black, the possible favorite, who will be his final appearance on the course, had a good draw, breaking from post 2.
Cheval Grand, who beat Kitasan Black in the Japan Cup a month ago, drew post 10.
Mikki Queen, one of the best female runners, coming a narrow third in the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup, drew post 13.
Suave Richard, who romped the grade two Copa Republica Argentina against the older company last month, drew post 14.

The Arima Kinen will be run on Sunday, December 24 at Nakayama Racecourse.

The post position with riders in the 16-horse field for the grade one 2,500-meter race is:

1-Yamakatsu Ace, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Kitasan Black, Yutaka Take
3-Queen's Ring, Christophe Lemaire
4-Bless Journey, Kosei Miura
5-Tosen Victory, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Satono Chronicle, Keita Tosaki
7-Sciacchetra, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Rainbow Line, Yasunari Iwata
9-Sakura Empereur, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Cheval Grand, Hugh Bowman
11-Rouge Buck, Hiroshi Kitamura
12-Satono Crown, Ryan Moore
13-Mikki Queen, Suguru Hamanaka
14-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
15-Curren Mirotic, Yuga Kawada
16-Sounda of Earth, Cristian Demuro

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Danon Premium romps home in Futurity S


Danon Premium remained undefeated in three starts as he won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes under Yuga Kawada at Hanshin on Sunday.
Having taken a good position, Danon Premium was into front in the top stretch and his lead increased in the last 200 meters to win the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 33.30 seconds on firm ground. A 3 1/2-length behind, Stelvio was second with another neck away Tower of London third.
Trained by M.Nakauchida and owned by Danox Co.Ltd., Danon Premium has now earned more than 111 million jpn yen.

K.I.Farm was the breeder of Danon Premium, a 2-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Indiana Gal, by Intikhab.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thrilling finish of Turquoise S


The Turquoise Stakes was won in a thrilling finish at Nakayama on Saturday by Miss Panthere, who showed a gutsy run to come out of a big crowd on the middle in the very final stage. She won it by a neck from Frontier Queen with another nose away Denko Ange third.
Veteran rider Norihiro Yokoyama guided the winner to travel the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 34.20 seconds on firm ground.
Miss Panthere is a 3-year-old bay filly by Daiwa Major out of Aile de Courage, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 Turquoise Stakes


A total of 16 fillies and mares will run in the Turquoise Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward at Nakayama on Saturday, December 16.

The possible main contenders are One Breath, Frontier, Miss Panthere and Rabbit Run(USA).

A field in the post position order with riders for the grade three 1,600-meter handicap race is:

1-Lethal Weapon, Miyabi Muto
2-One Breath Away, Keita Tosaki
3-Halteclere, Hiroto Mayuzumi
4-Art Brut, Takuya Kowata
5-Hello Unicorn, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
7-Frontier Queen, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
9-Sazanami, Vincent Cheminaud
10-Bangor, Syu Ishibashi
11-Eterna Minoru, Ryuji Wada
12-Rabbit Run(USA), Cristian Demuro
13-Peisha Felice, Kosei Miura
14-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
15-Deep Jewelry, Hiroyuki Uchida
16-Asuka Biren, Daisaku Matsuda

Field of 2017 Futurity S


A field of 16 colts is set to run in the grade one Asahi Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hanshin on December 17, 2017.

Danon Premium, undefeated in two starts with victory of the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup in his latest effort, drew post 1. Three-time winner Tower of London, who came here with victory in the g2 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, drew post 3. Stelvio, having finished second in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup behind Danon Premium, drew post 10.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

1-Danon Premium(by Deep Impact) Yuga Kawada
2-Frontier(by Daiwa Major) Yasunari Iwata
3-Tower of London(by Raven's Pass) Christophe Lemaire
4-Right on Cue(by Shamardal) Hirofumi Shii
5-Keiai Nautique(by Deep Impact) Hideaki Miyuki
6-Asakusa Genki(USA)(by Stormy Atlantic) Yutaka Take
7-Hishi Cosmah(by Black Tide) Kohei Matsuyama
8-Fast Approach(by Dawn Approach) Vincent Cheminaud
9-Muscoloso(by Henny Hughes) Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Stelvio(by Lord Kanaloa) Cristian Demuro
11-Cassius(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Suguru Hamanaka
12-Danon Smash(by Lord Kanaloa) Yuichi Fukunaga
13-Iron Claw(by Admire Moon) Manabu Sakai
14-Double Sharp(by Behkabad) Ryuji Wada
15-K T Clever(by Harbinger) Tesuya Kobayashi
16-Ishimatsu(by Swept Overboard) Shota Kato
Weight: 55 kgs

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Capella Stakes won by Dios Corrida


Dios Corrida produced a brilliant finishing run to win the Capella Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. A 1/2-length behind, Snow Dragon was second with Bulldog Boss another 1 1/4-length back third. Ridden by Akihide Tsumura, Dios Corrida traveld the 1,200-meter dirt trip in 1 minute 11 seconds flat.
Dios Corrida is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Kane Hikili out of Erimo Today, by Wild Rush.

Lucky Lilac spledid late stride in Hanshin Juvenile


In the hand of Syu Ishibashi, Lucky Lilac came with an excellent turn of foot on the outside to win the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin on Sunday.
She won it in 1 minute 34.30 seconds by a 3/4-length from Lily Noble with another 1/2-length back Mau Lea third.
Taking on the wide turn into the stretch, Lucky Lilac was going strong through the stretch for the winning run.
Trained by M.Matsunaga and owned by Sunday Racing Co., Lucky Lilac remained undefeated in three starts with more than 
Northern Racing was the breeder of the 2-year-old chestnut filly, by freshman sire Orfevre out of Lilacs and Lace, by Flower Alley.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Maitres d'Art shows strong finish in Chunichi Shimbun


Maitres d'Art showed a strong finishing kick to win the Chunichi Shimbun Hai at Chukyo on Saturday. Second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Mikki Rocket with another 1/2-length away Lord Vent'Or third. Cristian Demuro guided the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 1 minute 59.30 seconds on firm ground.
Maitres d'Art, who has now gained his first grade victory, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Zenno Rob Roy out of Exhibit One, by Silver Hawk.

Friday, December 08, 2017

2017 Chunici Shimbun Hai


A main event on the Chukyo Saturday meeting will be the grade three Chunichi Shimbun Hai. A total of 18 horses have been entered to the 2,000-meter turf race.
The leading contenders could be Suzuka Devious, Mount Robson, Mikki Rocket, Maximum de Paris and Maitre d'Or.

1-Fluky, 7h, 57, Hayato Yoshida
2-Suzuka Devious, 6h, 56.5, Kota Fujioka
3-Taisei Summit, 4c, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
4-Mount Robson, 4c, 57.5, Syu Ishibashi
5-Bandwagon, 6h, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
6-Fermezza, 6h, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Vosges, 4c, 54, Kyosuke Kokubun
8-Paddle Wheel, 6h, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
9-Stoneware(USA), 5h, 54, Genki Maruyama
10-Mikki Rocket, 4c, 57.5, Ryuji Wada
11-Maximum de Paris, 5m, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
12-Lord Vent d'Or, 4c, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Maitres d'Art, 4c, 55, Cristian Demuro
14-Kento O, 5h, 56, Yuji Hishida
15-Saratoga Spirit, 5h, 53, Haruhiko Kawasu
16-Queen Charm, 5m, 52, Yuta Nakatani
17-Shonan Bach, 6h, 54, Hatsuya Kowata
18-Recondite, 7h, 55, Fuma Matsuwaka

2017 Capella Stakes


The grade three Capella Stakes to which a total of 16 horses have been entered will be run on Sunday, December 10 at Nakayama Racecourse.
The possible main casts for the 1,200-meter dirt race are Nitto Subaru, Nobo Baccara, Bulldog Boss and Saita Three Red.

1-Captain Ship, 5h, 56, Teruo Eda
2-Graceful Leap, 7h, 58, Kosei Miura
3-Kitasan Sajin, 5h, 57, Yuichi Shibayama
4-Nitto Subaru, 5h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
5-Monde Classe, 6h, 56, Daichi Shibata
6-Chocolat Blanc, 5h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
7-Nobo Baccara, 5h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Bulldog Boss, 5h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Corin Berry, 6m, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Dragon Gate, 5h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Nanchinnon(USA), 6h, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
12-Kikuno Storm, 8h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Saita Three Red, 4c, 57, Vincent Cheminaud
14-Blu Miracolo, 5h, 56, Shinichiro Akiyama
15-Snow Dragon, 9h, 58, Takuya Ono
16-Dios Corrida, 3c, 55, Akihide Tsumura

2017 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


A toal of 18 talented horses will contest in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, the biggest race for 2-year-old fillies.
Rock This Town, undefeated in two starts with g3 Sapporo Nisai Stakes victory against boys in her latest effort, drew post 18. Lucky Lilac, coming into this race with a perfect record of 2 for 2 including g3 Artemis Stakes victory, drew post 11.
Mau Lea, who won the Akamatsu Sho winner last outing to keep her record perfect, drew post 4. Two-time winner Mademoiselle drew post 6. Lily Noble, who has never finished behind in two starts, drew post 7.

The grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies will be run on Sunday, December 11 at Hanshin Racecourse.

The post position order with riders for the 1,600-meter turf event is:

1-Sayakachan(by Reach the Crown) Masami Matsuoka
2-Lathyros(by Deep Impact) Yuichi Kitamura
3-Gulielma(by Lord Kanaloa) Futoshi Komaki
4-Mau Lea(by Deep Impact) Keita Tosaki
5-Las Emociones(IRE)(by Fastnet Rock) Hideaki Miyuki
6-Mademoiselle(by Black Tide) Daisaku Matsuda
7-Lily Noble(by Rulership) Yuga Kawada
8-Tosen Bless(by Deep Impact) Yoshitomi Shibata
9-Regle d'Or(by Admire Max) Ryo Takakura
10-High Heel(by Tosen Homareboshi) Yusuku Fujioka
11-Lucky Lilac(by Orfevre) Syu Ishibashi
12-Social Club(by King Kamehameha) Yuichi Fukunaga
13-Tosen Amber(by Deep Impact) kazuo Yokoyama
14-Noble Earth(by Heart's Cry) Ryota Sameshima
15-Nadia(by Novelist) Hirofumi Shii
16-Molto Allegro(USA)(by Speightstown) Hayato Yoshida
17-Cordierite(by Daiwa Major) Ryuji Wada
18-Rock This Town(by Orfevre) Christophe Lemaire

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Gold Dream storms home in Champions Cup


Gold Dream stormed home to win the Champions Cup under Ryan Moore at Chukyo on Sunday.
Coming swiftly on the outside, he got up in time to win by a neck from T M Jinsoku with another neck away Copano Rickey. The 1,800-meter dirt race was run in 1 minute 50.10 seconds.
With this victory, Gold Dream dominated the JRA dirt grade one races. He won the February Stakes earlier this season.
O.Hirata and K.Yoshida tains and owns Gold Dream respectively. The 4-year-old bay colt has now won six of his 13 races with more than 302 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Gold Dream, a son of Gold Allure and Mon Vert, by French Deputy.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Exciting finish in Challenge Cup


The Challenge Cup was won in an exciting finish by Satono Chronicle, who beat Denim and Ruby by a neck. Bless Journey finished another neck away in third. The winning rider was Mirco Demuro, whose Satono Chronicle traveled the 2,000-meter trip in 1 minute 58.60 seconds.
Satono Chronicle, who has now achieved his first grade success, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Heart's Cry out of Toupie, by Intikhab.

Albert wins Stayers S in 3rd straight year


Albert won the Stayers Stakes for three consecutive years on Saturday. He won it by a 2 1/2-length from Fame Game. Another 2-length away, Prestwick was third.
Ryan Moore rode the winner to complete the 3,600-meter race in 3 minutes 43 seconds flat at the Nakayama turf course.
Albert is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Admire Don out of Folklore, by Dance in the Dark.

Friday, December 01, 2017

2017 Challenge Cup


A total of 12 horses have been entered to the grade three Challenge Cup.
Satono Chronicle, Mondo Intero and Bless Journey look like serious contenders.

The grade three Challenge Cup will be run on Saturday, December 2 at Hanshin.

The field for the 2,000-meter turf race is:

1-Nishino Journey, 4c, 56, Tomonori Sato
2-Meadowlark, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
3-Satono Chronicle, 3c, 55, Mirco Demuro
4-Super Max, 3c, 55, Isao Yamaguchi
5-Mondo Intero, 5h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
6-Bless Journey, 3c, 55, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Primera Azul, 5m, 54, Manabu Sakai
8-Denim and Ruby, 7m, 54, Cristian Demuro
9-Meiner Milano, 7h, 56, Yuji Tannai
10-Masahaya Dream, 5h, 56, Ryuji Wada
11-George Cinq, 4c, 56, Yuga Kawada
12-Red Solomon, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga

2017 Stayers Stakes


10 horses will run in the Sports Nippon Sho Stayers Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday.
The possible leading horses are Fame Game, Prestwick and Albert.

The field for the grade two 3,600-meter marathon race is:

1-Derma Sallie Chan, 6m, 54, Tomoharu Bushizawa
2-Fame Game, 7g, 57, Hugh Bowman
3-Gran Armada, 5h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
4-Silk Dreamer, 8h, 56, Keita Tosaki
5-Proletariat, 6m, 54, Makoto Sugihara
6-Shiho, 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
7-Prestwick, 6h, 56, Vincent Cheminaud
8-Saimon Tornare, 11h, 56, Nanako Fujita
9-Albert, 6h, 57, Ryan Moore
10-Comfy, 8h, 56, Masaki Katsuura

2017 Champions Cup


The Champions Cup, formerly called the Japan Cup Dirt, will be run on Sunday, December 3 at the Chukyo dirt track.

The top finishers in the JBC Classic could be the horses to keep an eye on such as Sound True, K T Brave, Mitsuba and Awardee(USA).

T M Jinsoku, who made a big appeal toward this event with the Miyako Stakes victory, meets the top-class horses for the first time. London Town comes off victory in the Korea Cup.

The field for the grade one 1,800-meter dirt event is:

1-Copano Rickey, 7h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
2-K T Brave, 4c, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Mitsuba, 5h, 57, Kohei Matsuyama
4-Nonkono Yume, 5g, 57, Cristian Demuro
5-Meisho Sumitomo, 6h, 57, Hayato Yoshida
6-Molto Bene, 5h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-London Town, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
8-Glanzend, 4c, 57, Hugh Bowman
9-Gold Dream, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
10-King's Guard, 6h, 57, Kota Fujioka
11-Awardee(USA), 7h, 57, Yutaka Take
12-Kafuji Take, 5h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
13-T M Jinsoku, 5h, 57, Yoshihiro Furukawa
14-Sound True, 7g, 57, Takuya Ono
15-Apollo Kentucky(USA), 5h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
16-Rose Princedom, 3c, 56, Keita Tosaki

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nero leads all the way in Keihan Hai


Nero led a field of 16 from start and went all the way to win the Keihan Hai at Kyoto on Sunday. A neck behind, Vip Lively was second with Ittetsu(IRE) anthoer neck away third. NAR rider Hiroto Yoshihara rode the winner to complete the 1,200-meter race in 1 minute 8.80 seconds.
Nero is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Johannesburg out of Nishino Takarazuka, by Sunday Silence.

Cheval Grand strong closing run in Japan Cup


Taking a good position, Cheval Grand with Hugh Bowman up challenged inside 200 meters out to win the Japan Cup in 2 minutes 23.70 seconds at Tokyo on Sunday.
Rey de Oro got up to finish second, a 1 1/4-length behind the winner. Race favorite Kitasan Black, who led a field of 17 from start, did not stay in the very final stage to finish third, a neck behind Rey de Oro. Fourth was, another 4-length behind, Makahiki with another neck away Idaho(IRE) fifth.

Trained by Y.Tomomichi and owned by K.Sasaki, Cheval Grand has now won seven of his 22 races with more than 733 million jpn yen. Northern Racing was the breeder of Cheval Grand, a half brother of Vivlos, who is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Heart's Cry out of Halwa Sweet, by Machiavellian.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Grail shows strong finishing kick in Kyoto Nisai


Grail rallied in the stretch to win the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. He got up under the strong hand of Yutaka Take to pu his head in front at the line. Time Flyer was second with K T Clever finishing a 2 1/2-length behind him in third. The winning time for the 2,000-meter distance was 2 minutes 1.60 seconds.
Grail is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Heart's Cry out of Platina Chalice, by Rock of Gibraltar.

Friday, November 24, 2017

2017 Keihan Hai


A total of 16 horses will run in the Keihan Hai on Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse.
The possible leading players are Solveig, Melagrana(AUS), Seiun Kosei, At the Seaside and Jeune Ecole.

The field for the grade three 1,200-meter race is:

1-Teehaff, 7h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
2-Rhein Spirit, 6h, 56, Kazuma Mori
3-Arma Waioli, 5h, 56, Andrea Atzeni
4-Nero, 6h, 58, Hiroto Yoshihara
5-Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Vip Lively, 4c, 56, Takuya Ono
7-Solveig, 4f, 54, Yuga Kawada
8-Narita Star One, 5h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
9-Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 55, Andrasch Starke
10-Seiun Kosei, 4c, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
11-Fiducia(USA), 5m, 55, Kosei Miura
12-Daishin Thunder, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
13-Tamamo Brilliant, 4f, 54, Hayato Yoshida
14-Ittetsu(IRE), 5h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
15-At the Seaside, 4f, 54, Hirofumi Shii
16-Jeune Ecole, 3f, 54, Yuichi Kitamura

2017 Kyoto Nisai Stakes


Nine 2-year-old horses have been entered to the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday.
The two-time winners are Time Flyer and My Heartbeat, who drew post 2 nad 3 respectively.
The impressive debut winners are Grail and Thrash Metal, who break from post 6 and 8 respectively.

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

1-K T Clever(by Deep Impact) c Tetsuya Kobayashi
2-Time Flyer(by Heart's Cry) c Cristian Demuro
3-My Heartbeat(by Zenno Rob Roy) c Hideaki Miyuki
4-Aithon(by King's Best) c Kyosuke Kokubun
5-Run Lina(by Eishin Flash) f Yoshihiro Nagaoka
6-Grail(by Heart's Cry) c Yutaka Take
7-Sister Flag(by Rulership) f Yasunari Iwata
8-Thrash Metal(by Workforce) c Mirco Demuro
9-Namura Appare(by Neo Universe) c Yusaku Kokubun

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Field set for 2017 Japan Cup


A total of 17 horses have been entered to the Japan Cup on Sunday.

Kitasan Black, having won the Tenno Sho Autumn in sensational style on the muddy Tokyo course last outing, bids for a back-to-back victory for this premium race. He drew post 4.
Rey de Oro, winner of the Japan Derby, faces the older company for the first time. It will be interesting how he runs against the top-class horses. He drew post 2.
Satono Crown, who finished a narrow second in the Tenno Sho Autumn, drew post 12.
Cheval Grand and Soul Stirring drew post 1 and 8 respectively.
Foreign entries are Guignol(GER), Iquitos(GER), Boom Time(AUS) and Idaho(IRE).

The 2017 Japan Cup will be run on Sunday, November 26 at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters.

The post position with jockeys for the Japan Cup is:

1-Cheval Grand, Hugh Bowman
2-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
3-Guignol(GER), Filip Minarik
4-Kitasan Black, Yutaka Take
5-Sounds of Earth, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Iquitos(GER), Daniele Porcu
7-Decipher, Yuichi Shibayama
8-Soul Stirring, Cristian Demuro
9-Rainbow Line, Yasunari Iwata
10-Boom Time(AUS), Cory Parish
11-Makahiki, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Satono Crown, Mirco Demuro
13-Sciacchetra, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Idaho(IRE), Ryan Moore
15-One and Only, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Yamakatsu Ace, Kenichi Ikezoe
17-Last Impact, Keita Tosaki

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Persian Knight wins Mile Championship in photo finish


Persian Knight, ridden by Mirco Demuro, became the first 3-year-old horse to win the Mile Championship in 17 years when he won the grade one 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 33.80 seconds at Kyoto on Sunday.
About 200 meters from home, Air Spinel came out of the crowd to take a sole lead. Persian Knight drew up inch by inch to challenge and he got up in the nick of time to beat Air Spinel by a nose. Another 1/2-length behind, Sungrazer was third with Reine Minoru fourth and Isla Bonita fifth.
Persian Knight has now won  four of his nine races with more than 230 million jpn yen in career earnings under the train of Y.Ikee and the color of G1 Racing Co.Ltd.

Oiwake Farm was the breeder of Persian Knight, a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Harbinger out of Orient Charm, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wagnerian romps home in Tokyo Nisai


Race favorite Wagnerian, ridden by Yuichi Fukunaga, rallied in the Tokyo stretch to win the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes in 1 minute 46.60 seconds over 1,800 meters on Saturday. He won it by a 3-length from Lucas with another neck away Charlemagne third.
Fukunaga held Wagnerian far off the pace early on and took a lead 200 meters from home for an easy victory.
Wagnerian, who remains a perfect record of three for three, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Miss Encore, by King Kamehameha.

Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai S


The Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run on Saturday, November 18 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Among the seven entrants include Wagnerian, undefeated in two starts; impressive debut winner Lucas and Charlemagne, runner-up in the Ivy Stakes.

The post position with riders for the grade three 1,800-meter race is:

1-Cosmo Ignaz(by Eishin Flash), c, Daichi Shibata
2-Gold Gear(by Lord Kanaloa), c, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-Wagnerian(by Deep Impact), c, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Kafuji Vanguard(by Harbinger), c, Yutaka Yoshida
5-Charlemagne(by Victoire Pisa), c, Keita Tosaki
6-Kewalos(by Daiwa Major), f, Norihiro Yokoyama
7-Lucas(by Screen Hero), c, Ryan Moore

Weight: 55 kgs.for colts, 54 kgs.for fillies

18 horses for 2017 Mile Championship


A total of 18 horses have been entered to the Mile Championship.
Chief contenders include:
Air Spinel and Isla Bonita, who finished first and second in the Fuji Stakes respectively;
Red Falx, winner of the Sprinters Stakes, who bids for the mile grade one race;
Satono Aladdin attempts to bounce back from well-beaten in the Tenno Sho Autumn;
Persian Knight is likely to top among the 3-year-old contenders.

The Mile Championship will be held on Sunday, November 19 at Kyoto Racecourse.

The field for the grade one 1,600-meter race is:

1-Black Moon, 5h, 57, Andrea Atzeni
2-America's Cup, 3c, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Young Man Power, 5h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
4-Sungrazer, 3c, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Satono Aladdin, 6h, 57, Yuga Kawada
6-Danon Major, 5h, 57, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Red Falx, 6h, 57, Cristian Demuro
8-Maltese Apogee, 5h, 57, Tomoharu Bushizawa
9-Reine Minoru, 3f, 54, Ryuji Wada
10-Kluger, 5h, 57, Andrasch Starke
11-Air Spinel, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
12-Isla Bonita, 6h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
13-Grand Silk, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
14-Garibaldi, 6h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
15-Moon Crest, 5h, 57, Yusuke Fujioka
16-Win Gagnant, 5h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
17-Jo Strictly, 3c, 56, Yutaka Take
18-Persian Knight, 3c, 56, Mirco Demuro

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Japan Cup Nominations


A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the Japan Cup as follows:

Boom Time(AUS)
Cheval Grand
Decipher
Guignol(GER)
Idaho(IRE)
Iquitos(GER)
Kitasan Black
Last Impact
Makahiki
One and Only
Rainbow Line
Rey de Oro
Satono Crown
Sciacchetra
Soul Stirring
Sounds of Earth
Tanta Alegria
Tosen Basil
Yamakatsu Ace

The 2017 Japan Cup will be run on Sunday, November 26 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Mile Championship Nominations


A total of 22 horses have been nominated to the Mile Championship, held on Sunday, November 19 at Kyoto Racecourse.
The nominations include Air Spinel, Isla Bonita, Persian Knight, Red Falx and Satono Aladdin.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mozu Katchan gets up in QE 2 Cup


On Sunday at Kyoto Racecouse, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup was won in a thrilling finish by Mozu Katchan, ridden by Mirco Demuro, who came cross the line in 2 minutes 14.30 seconds over 2,200 meters on good ground. The winner got up in time to beat Crocosmia by a neck. Another head away, Mikki Queen came from far behind to finish third. Maximum de Paris was fourth with race favorite Vivlos fifth.
Trained by I.Sameshima and owned by Capital System Co.Ltd., Mozu Katchan has now four in nine starts with more than 234 million jpn yen in career earnings.
M.Kitagawa-bred Mozu Katchan is a 3-year-old dark bay filly by Harbinger out of Site Dealer, by King Kamehameha.

Win Bright holds on in Fukushima Kinen


Win Bright held on to win the Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima Racecourse on Sunday.
Suzuka Devious and Historical challenged, but is was too late to catch the winner. Win Bright won the 2,000-meter race under Masami Matsuoka in 2 minutes .20 seconds by a neck from Suzuka Devious with another nose back Historical third.
Win Bright, who has now won four of his 10 races, is a 3-year-old grey colt by Stay Gold out of Summer Eternity, by Admire Cozzene.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gendarme(USA) shows great performance in Daily Hai


Gendarme(USA) put up a great performance to win the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes by a 1/4-length from Katsuji at Kyoto on Saturday. Keiai Nautique was, another 2 1/2-length back, third.
Andrea Atzeni forced Gendarme to take an inside passage, getting past Katsuji in the deep stretch. The winning time of the 1,600-meter distance was 1 minute 36.30 seconds.
Gendarme, who has now won two as many starts, is an American-bred dark bay colt by Kitten's Joy out of Belive, by Sunday Silence.

Incantation captures Musashino Stakes


Incantation took a good spot to win the Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes in 1 minute 35.50 seconds over 1,600 meters at the Tokyo dirt track on Saturday.
With 200 meters to go, Incantation was into front and his partner Kosei Miura kept him going to the finish line. A 1/2-length behind, Sunrise Soar came second with Akito Crescent another 1 3/4-length away third.
Incantation, who has now won three in last four starts, is a 7-year-old bay horse by Sinister Minister out of Original Spin, by Machiavellian.

2017 Japan Cup information


Four foreign horses have accepted invitation for the Japan Cup as follows:
Boom Time(AUS)
Guignol(GER)
Idaho(IRE)
Iquitos(GER)

Possible Japan entries are:
Kitasan Black
Makahiki
Rey de Oro
Satono Crown
Soul Stirring
and others

Friday, November 10, 2017

2017 Fukushima Kinen


Fukushima Racecourse hosts the grade three Fukushima Kinen as its main event on Sunday, November 12.
The leading contenders could be Win Bright, Meiner Milano, Tsukuba Azuma O and San Martin.

The field for the 2,000-meter handicap race is:

1-Primera Azul, 5m, 52, Manabu Sakai
2-Beruf, 5h, 57, Yuta Nakatani
3-Win Bright, 3c, 54, Masami Matsuoka
4-Shonan Bach, 6h, 54, Hatsuya Kowata
5-Katie Pride, 7h, 52, Katsuma Sameshima
6-Historical, 8h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
7-Fermezza, 6h, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Meiner Sphene, 3c, 53, Akihide Tsumura
9-George Cinq, 4c, 54, Hayato Yoshida
10-Meiner Milano, 7h, 58, Yuji Tannai
11-Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, 57, Yutaka Yoshida
12-Meiner Dean, 8h, 53, Fuyuki Igarashi
13-Suzuka Devious, 6h, 56, Andrasch Starke
14-Masahaya Dream, 5h, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
15-Fluky, 7h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-San Martin, 5g, 55, Keita Tosaki

2017 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes


The grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run on Saturday, November 11 at Kyoto.
Among the nine colts entered to the 1,600-meter race include Frontier, Gendarme(USA), Megaregion, Keiai Nautique and Katsuji. 

The post position with riders is:

1-Lord Ihilani(by Lord Kanaloa), Andrasch Starke
2-Frontier(by Daiwa Major), Yasunari Iwata
3-Gendarme(USA)(by Kitten's Joy), Andrea Atzeni
4-Megaregion(by King Kamehameha), Mirco Demuro
5-Keiai Nautique(by Deep Impact), Yuga Kawada
6-Hishi Cosmah(by Black Tide), Suguru Hamanaka
7-Kakuryo(by Lord Ultima), Tsubasa Iwasaki
8-Katsuji(by Deep Impact), Kohei Matsuyama
9-Namura Appare(by Neo Universe), Yusaku Kokubun
Weight: 55 kgs.

2017 Musashino Stakes


Saturday, November 11 sees the Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes at Tokyo.
The possible leading contenders among the 16 starters are:
Sunrise Nova, Best Warrior(USA), Incantation and Kafuji Take.

The field for the grade three 1,600-meter dirt race is:

1-Queen's Saturn, 4c, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Golden Barows(USA), 5h, 56, Ryan Moore
3-Roi Jardin, 6h, 56, Takuya Ono
4-Charlie Brave(USA), 7g, 56,Masayoshi Ebina
5-Meisho Utage, 6h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-Sunrise Nova, 3c, 56, Keita Tosaki
7-Akito Crescent, 5h, 56, Kiwamu Ogino
8-Nonkono Yume, 5g, 58, Cristian Demuro
9-Sunrise Soar, 3c, 55, Yutaka Yoshida
10-Pionero, 6h, 56, Vincent Cheminaud
11-Last Dancer, 6h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Best Warrior(USA), 7h, 58, Christophe Lemaire
13-Incantation, 7h, 57, Kosei Miura
14-Moanin(USA), 5h, 58, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Blason de Lis, 5h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
16-Kafuji Take, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga

2017 Queen Elizabeth II Cup


A total of 18 fillies and mares will contest in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
Vilos, winner of the Dubai Turf, had a good prep when finishing a neck second in the Fuchu Himba Stakes behind Crocosmia last month. 
Smart Layer has run greatly in male company with victory in the Kyoto Daishoten last month.
Mikki Queen, who scored a couple of grade one victories two seasons ago, comes here off a good third in the Takarazuka Kinen.
Rouge Buck has struggled a bit against male company before winning the All Comers at Nakayama last month.
Deirdre, winner of the Shuka Sho, could be one of the best 3-year-old fillies.
Lys Gracieux and Mozu Katchan finished second and third in the Shuka Sho.

The QE II Cup will be run on Sunday, November 12 at Kyoto over 2,200 meters.

The post position order with riders is:

1-Queen's Milagro, Kota Fujioka
2-Happy Yunibansu, Kenichi Ikezoe
3-Tosen Victory, Andrea Atzeni
4-Crocosmia, Ryuji Wada
5-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
6-Lys Gracieux, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Queens Ring, Cristian Demuro
8-Touching Speech, Kohei Matsuyama
9-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Mikki Queen, Suguru Hamanaka
11-Deirdre, Yasunari Iwata
12-Smart Layer, Yuga Kawada
13-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
14-Ukiyono Kaze, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Maximum de Paris, Yusuke Fujioka
16-Vivlos, Christophe Lemaire
17-Rouge Buck, Ryan Moore
18-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

2017 QE II Cup Nominations


A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The nominations include Deirdre, Mikki Queen, Rouge Buck, Smart Layer and Vivlos.
The QE II Cup will be run on Sunday, November 11 at Kyoto Racecourse.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Favorite romps Copa Republica Argentina


Race favorite Suave Richard went into front inside 400 meters out, and Mirco Demuro kept him going to the finish line, winning the Copa Republica Argentina in 2 minutes 30 seconds flat over 2,500 meters on the Tokyo firm ground.
Second was, a 2 1/2-length behind, Sole Impact with another 1 1/4-length back Seda Brillantes third.
Suave Richard, who has now won three of his seven races, is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Heart's Cry out of Pirramimma, by Unbridled's Song.

T M Jinsoku is winner of Miyako Stakes


T M Jinsoku, ridden by Yoshihiro Furukawa, took a lead on the final turn to win the Miyako Stakes at Kyoto on Sunday. A 2 1/2-length behind, Leur Sauveur was second with another 1 1/4-length away King's Guard third. The final time of the 1,800-meter race was 1 minute 50.10 seconds on fast track.
T M Jinsoku, who has now recorded his first grade victorym, is a 5-year-old grey horse by Kurofune out of My Discovery, by Forty Niner.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Tower of London finishes well in Keio Hai Nisai S


Tower of London came with a splendid late run to win the 1,400-meter Keio Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds in 1 minute 21.90 seconds at Tokyo on Saturday.
Cassius and Asakusa Genki(USA) fought at the front end, but Tower of London, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, drew up on the outside of the two and took a clear lead from them. Cassius was a 2-length away second. Another 1/2-length behind, Asakusa Genki(USA) was third.
Tower of London, who improved his career record to 4-3-1-0, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Raven's Pass out of Snow Pine, by Dalakhani.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Sound True come-from-behind in JBC Classic


Sound True rallied in the stretch to win the JBC Classic at Ohi on Friday.
A length behind, K T Brave was second with another neck away Mitsuba third.
Takuya Ono held Sound True far off the pace earlier on, and then moved up gradually to get past the winning post in 2 minutes 4.50 seconds over 2,000 meters on dirt.
Sound True, trained at JRA Miho by N.Takagi, is a 7-year-old chestnut gelding by French Deputy out of Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki.

Nishiken Mononofu gets up in time in JBC Sprint


Nishiken Mononofu got up in time to win the JBC Sprint at Ohi on Friday, November 3.
Norihiro Yokoyama rode excellently, forcing Nishiken Mononofu to take an inside path before flashing past the post in 1 minute 11.40 seconds for the winning time over 1,200 meters on dirt.
A head behind, Copano Rickey got second with Bulldog Boss another head away third.
Nishiken Mononofu, trained at JRA Ritto by Y.Shono, is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Meisho Bowler out of Green Hill Komachi, by Afleet.

Exciting duel in JBC Ladies' Classic


On Firday afernoon in the JBC Ladies' Classic, an exciting duel by Lalabel and Princia Cometa was seen down the Ohi stretch. The winner went to Lalabel, who became the first  NAR horse to win this classic. Princia Cometa finished a head behind in second. Another 3/4-length behind, Rinehart finished third. The 1,800-meter dirt race was run in 1 minute 54.20 seconds.
Lalabel, trained at NAR Ohi by K.Arayama, is a 5-year-old chestnut mare by Gold Allure out of Breezy Woods, by Timber Country.

Beluga rallies in Fantasy S


Beluga performed a burst of finishing speed to win the grade three KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes at Kyoto on Friday.
A 1/2-length behind, Cordierite finished second with another nose back Amalfi Coast third. Cristian Demuro rode the winner to travel the 1,400-meter race in 1 minute 22.90 seconds on firm ground.
Beluga, who remains undeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old black filly by Kinshasa no Kiseki out of Admire Light, by Kris S.

2017 Copa Republica Argentina


A total of 16 horses will contend in the grade two Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, November 5.
Suave Richard, who skipped the Kikuka Sho to race this event after finishing second in the Japanese Derby, drew post 4. Seda Brillantes, undefeated in three starts with impressive victory in the g3 Radio Nikkei Sho last outing, drew post 1. Albert, long-distance runner who won the Diamond Stakes earlier this season, breaks from post 11.

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

1-Seda Brillantes, 3c, 54, Keita Tosaki
2-Meiner Sage, 5h, 54, Daici Shibata
3-Denim and Ruby, 7m, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Suave Richard, 3c, Mirco Demuro
5-Toshin Monstera, 7h, 53, Hiroshi Kitamura
6-Prestwick, 6h, 55, Vincent Cheminaud
7-Sole Impact, 5h, 53, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Curren Mirotic, 9g, 57,Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Shiho, 6h, 53, Hayato Yoshida
10-Saratoga Spirit, 5h, 53, Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Albert, 6h, 58.5, Andrasch Starke
12-Toruk Makto, 7h, 53, Teruo Eda
13-Happy Moment, 7h, 54, Akihide Tsumura
14-Recondite, 7h, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
15-Hit the Target, 9h, 57, Kosei Miura
16-Comfy, 8h, 52, Masaki Katsuura

2017 Miyako Stakes


The Miyako Stakes will be run as a main event of Kyoto meeting on Sunday, Novemer 5.
Among the 16 horses entered to the grade three 1,800-meter dirt race are Asukano Roman, King's Guard, Epicharis and T M Jinsoku.

1-Molto Bene, 5h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Salsa Dione, 3f, 52, Genki Maruyama
3-Tagano Verite, 5g, 56, Kiwamu Ogino
4-Top Divo, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Asukano Roman, 6h, 57, Ryuji Wada
6-Tagano Diguo, 3c, 56, Kota Fujioka
7-Regent Rock, 6h, 56, Yuta Nakatani
8-Monde Classe, 6h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
9-Shiny Beam, 5h, 56, Ryo Takakura
10-Leur Sauveur, 5g, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Rose Princedom, 3c, 55, Takuya Kowata
12-King's Guard, 6h, 57, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Meiner Crop, 7h, 56, Cristian Demuro
14-Tamuro Miracle, 5h, 56, Yuga Kawada
15-Epicharis, 3c, 54, Christophe Lemaire
16-T M Jinsoku, 5h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa

Thursday, November 02, 2017

2017 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes


11 horses will contend in the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday, November 4.
Kisho Stakes winner Tower of London drew post 1. Dahlia Sho winner taisei Pride drew post 5. Cassius, winner of the g3 Hakodate Nisai S, drew post 6. G3 Kokura S winner Asakusa Genki(USA) and impressive debut winner Entscheiden breaks from post 8 and 9 respectively.

The post position with riders for the 1,400-meter event is:

1-Tower of London(by Raven's Pass) c Christophe Lemaire
2-Tosen Amber(by Deep Impact) f Cristian Demuro
3-Mighty Works(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) f Kosei Miura
4-Nishino Urara(by Reach the Crown) f Keita Tosaki
5-Taisei Pride(by Johannesburg) c Mirco Demuro
6-Cassius(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Suguru Hamanaka
7-Morino Last Boss(by Espoir City) c Fuyuki Igarashi
8-Asakusa Genki(USA)(by Stormy Atlantic) c Yutaka Take
9-Entscheiden(by Deep Impact) c Masayoshi Ebina
10-Peace Universe(by Logi Universe) c Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Tokino Megami(by Toby's Corner) f Yutaro Nonaka
Weight: 55 kgs. for colts, 54 kgs. for fillies

2017 Fantasy Stakes


Firday, November 3 sees the grade three KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Kyoto Racecourse.
The leading contenders among the 13 entrants could be: g3 Niigata Nisai Stakes runner-up Cordierite, 4-length debut winner Beluga, Chukyo Nisai Stakes winner Amalfi and Momiji Stakes runner-up Adel Weise.

The post position with riders for the 1,400-meter race is:

1-Peisha Luas(by Strong Return) Mirco Demuro
2-Regle d'Or(by Admier Max) Ryo Takakura
3-Mozu Superflare(USA)(by Speightstown) Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Snow Garden(by Shonan Kampf) Yuya Mizuguchi
5-Armonica(by Lord Kanaloa) Hironobu Tanabe
6-Suzuka Ferrari(by Suzuka Phoenix) Andrasch Starke
7-Tomboy(by Admire Max) Manabu Sakai
8-Cordierite(by Daiwa Major) Ryuji Wada
9-Beluga(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Christian Demuro
10-Amalfi Coast(by Daiwa Major) Suguru Hamanaka
11-Adel Weise(by Eishin Flash) Kiwamu Ogino
12-Daishin Stella(by Daishin Orange) Yuga Kawada
13-Bowls(by Eishin Flash) Hirofumi Shii
Weight: 54 kgs.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 JBC races


Ohi Racecourse hosts the JBC races, which feature the three NAR grade one races, namely, the JBC Classic, the JBC Sprint and the JBC Ladies' Classic, on Friday, November 3.

JBC Classic
13 horses have been entered to the JBC Classic.
The JRA horses entries are last year's winner Awardee(USA), Kawasaki Kinen winner All Brush, Mitsuba, Glanzend, multiple g1 winner Sound True, Nihon TV Hai winner Apollo Kentucky(USA) and Teio Sho winner K T Brave.

The field for the 2,000-meter dirt race is:

1-Awardee(USA), 7h, Yutaka Take
2-Festive Yell, 6h, Fumio Matoba
3-All Brush, 5h, Christophe Lemaire
4-Tamamo Navy, 6h, Kenichi Shigeta
5-Mitsuba, 5h, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Sabuno Kurohyo, 4c, Shoji Wada
7-Glanzend, 4c, Taito Mori
8-Sound True, 7g, Takuya Ono
9-Baldassare, 4c, Norifumi Mikamoto
10-Apollo Kentuckey(USA), 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Hercules, 9h, Shoya Hozono
12-K T Brave, 4c, Yuichi Fukunaga
13-Spire, 8h, Yoichi Ando
All starters carry 57 kgs.

JBC Sprint
A total of 16 horses assemble for the JBC Sprint.
The JRA entries are Nishiken Mononofu, Nobo Baccara, Dream Valentino, Snow Dragon, Copano Rickey, Corin Berry and Nero. Tokyo Hai winner Kitasan Mikazuki could top among the NAR entries.

The field for the 1,200-meter dirt race is:
1-Nishiken Mononofu, 6h, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Setono Promise, 7h, Nobuhisa Mimura
3-Kitasan Mikazuki, 7h, Kenichi Sigeta
4-Suadela, 4f, Shuji Akaoka
5-Nobo Baccara, 5h, Norifumi Mikamoto
6-Dream Valentino, 10h, Yasunari Iwata
7-Precise King, 5h, Ryuji Tatsushiro
8-Snow Dragon, 9h, Takuya Ono
9-Shigeru Kaga, 6h, Seiji Yamazaki
10-Copano Rickey, 7h, Taito Mori
11-Bulldog Boss, 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Corin Berry, 6m, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Ensemble Life, 4c, Daisuke Mashima
14-Gaudy, 9h, Fumio Matoba
15-Nero, 6h, Shogo Nakano
16-Major Athlete, 8h, Tetsuya Takahashi
Weight: 57 kgs., fillies and mares allowed 2 kgs.

JBC Ladies' Classic
15 fillies and mares have been entered to the JBC Ladies Classic.
The JRA entries are Empress Hai winner One Millionth, Princia Cometa, back-to-back Ladis Classic winner White Fugue, Sparking Ladies Cup winner Ange Desir, Kinsho Yukihime and Tagano Verona. Lalabel, who finished second in the Sparking Ladies Cup, could top among the NAR entries.

The field for the 1,800-meter dirt race is:

1-One Millionth, 4f, Yuichi Fukunaga
2-Tyrfing, 4f, Hidemitsu Sakai
3-Princia Cometa, 4f, Yutaka Take
4-Princess Value, 7m, Hiroto Yoshihara
5-White Fugue, 5m, Masayoshi Ebina
6-Fight Your Song, 6m, Mitsuhiro Masuda
7-Ange Desir, 3f, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Lalabel, 5m, Daisuke Mashima
9-Touch Sprint, 3f, Ikuyasu Kurakane
10-Spangle, 6m, Toshiya Yamamoto
11-Rinehart, 6m, Tsubasa Sasagawa
12-Dear Maruko, 4f, Hideya Sahara
13-Kinsho Yukihime, 4f, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Tagano Verona, 3f, Yasunari Iwata
15-Silky Queen, 6m, Takayuki Yano
Weight: 55 kgs., 3-year-olds allowed 2 kgs.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kitasan Black proves himself best horse in Tenno Sho Autumn


Kitasan Black proved himself the best horse in the country as he won the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday.
After breaking badly, Yutaka Take held Kitasan Black far off the pace, and then moved up gamely on the bend. By the time the field reached the 400-meter pole, Kitasan Black took a lead on his way to getting up to the winning post.
Satno Crown challenged him in the very final stage to finish a neck behind in second.
Another 2 1/2-length behind, Rainbow Line was third with Real Steel fourth and Makahiki fifth. The 2,400-meter race was run on the worst ground condition in 2 minutes 8.30 seconds.
Kitasan Black, trained by H.Shimizu and owned by Ono Shoji, has now won the JRA sixth grade one race with a career record of 18-11-2-3. His career earnings brought to just shy of 1.5 billion jpn yen.
Yanagawa Bokujo was the breeder of Kitasan Black, a 5-year-old bay horse by Black Tide out of Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Lucky Lilac takes Artemis S


Running on the middle of the course, Lucky Lilac took a lead inside 200 meters out to win the Artemis Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. Sayakachan was, a 3/4-length behind, second with Lathyros finishing another length back in third. Syu Ishibashi rode the winner to complete the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 34.90 seconds on good ground.
Lucky Lilac, who remains undefeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old chestnut filly by freshman sire Orfevre out of Lilacs and Lace, by Flower Alley.

Thrilling finish in Swan Stakes


After a thrilling duel with Hiruno Devaro in the last 200 meters, Sungrazer won the Mainichi Broadcast Sho Swan Stakes at Kyoto Racecourse on Saturday.
The 3-year-old brown colt won the 1,400-meter race under Cristian Demuro in 1 minute 22.40 seconds on heavy ground. A head behind, Hiruno Devaro finished second with another 1 3/4-length away Let's Go Donki third.
Sungrazer, who has now extended his winning streak to four, is a son of Deep Impact and Deputy Minister mare Mantis Hunt.

Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 Artemis Stakes


15 two-year-old fillies assemble for the grade three Artemis Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday, October 28.
The leading contenders could be Uranus Charm, Lucky Lilac and Tosen Bless.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

1-High Heel, Hiroyuki Uchida
2-Lathyros, Shinichiro Akiyama
3-Miss Mamma Mia, Mitsuyuki Miyazaki
4-Tide Over, Daichi Shibata
5-Danon Grace, Masayoshi Ebina
6-Sayakachan, Masami Matsuoka
7-Uranus Charm, Keita Tosaki
8-Trois Etoiles, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Scarlet Color, Keisuke Dazai
10-Cinderella Make, Yuta Nakatani
11-Grande Pirouette, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Sister Flag, Hiroshi Kitamura
13-Lucky Lilac, Syu Ishibashi
14-Tosen Bless, Christophe Lemaire
15-Passe, Junji Iwabe
Weight: 54 kgs.