Friday, March 31, 2017

Saturday's Lord Derby Challenge Trophy


Nakayama hosts the grade three Lord Derby Challenge Trophy on Saturday.

The leading contenders could be: Campbell Junior, Grand Silk, Meiner Aurato, Leukerbad and Garibaldi.

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

1 Shelby, 8h, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
2 Clarity City, 6h, 55, Masami Matsuoka
3 Logi Chalice, 5h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Shonan Adela, 5m, 53, Masayoshi Ebina
5 Campbell Junior(AUS), 5h, 55, Andrasch Starke
6 Cosmo Thorn Park, 9h, 54, Yuji Tannai
7 Garibaldi, 6h, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
8 Grand Silk, 5h, 55, Keita Tosaki
9 Siberian Superb, 8h, 54, Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Daiwa Liberal, 6h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
11 Meiner Aurato, 6h,57, Daichi Shibata
12 Leukerbad, 4c, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
13 Shonan Bach, 6h, 54, Yuichi Shibayama
14 Sunrise Major, 8h, 56.5, Yoshitomi Shibata
15 Dantsu Prius, 4c, 56, Genki Maruyama
16 Clarente, 8h, 57.5, Yasunari Iwata

Field set for grade one Osaka Hai


A field has been drawn for the Osaka Hai to be run on Sunday, April 2 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Kitasan Black, awarded The Horse Of Year, won a couple of grade one races, the Tenno Sho Spring and the Japan Cup, in 2016. The 5-year-old horse, making his first start of the season, drew post 5.
2016 Japanese Derby winner Makahiki, who finished third in the Kyoto Kinen last month, is likely to show much better run this time. He drew post 14.
Hong Kong grade one winner Satono Crown got off to a great start of the season as he gained a 1 1/4-length victory in the Kyoto Kinen. He drew post 7.
Ambitious, winner of this event last year, coming off fourth in the Nakayama Kinen, drew post 12.
Kinko Sho winner Yamakatsu Ace, making a bid for the biggest win in his career, drew post 13.

The field of 14 runners for the 2,000-meter race is:

1 Mikki Rocket, 4c, Ryuji Wada
2 Angreifen, 5h, Yasunari Iwata
3 Suzuka Devious, 6h, Yusuke Fujioka
4 Staphanos, 6h, Yuga Kawada
5 Kitasan Black, 5h, Yutaka Take
6 Sakura Empereur, 6h, Norihiro Yokoyama
7 Satono Crown, 5h, Mirco Demuro
8 Lord Vent d'Or, 4c, Keisuke Dazai
9 Decipher, 8h, Hirofumi Shii
10 Mondo Intero, 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
11 Maltese Apogee, 5h, Tomoharu Bushizawa
12 Ambitious, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
13 Yamakatsu Ace, 5h, Kenichi Ikezoe
14 Makahiki, 4c, Christophe Lemaire
All starters carry 57 kgs.
Total purse: 232,260,000 jpn yen
First prize: 122,982,000 jpn yen

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Upgraded Osaka Hai Nominees


15 runners have been nominated to the Osaka Hai, which was upgraded to a grade one, to be run on April 2 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The nominations include Japanese Derby winner Makahiki, Multiple grade one winner Kitasan Black, Hong Kong grade one winner Satono Crown, grade two Kinko Sho winner Yamakatsu Ace and Ambitious, winner of this event last season.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Star rises in Takamatsunomiya


Seiun Kosei became the best sprinter in the country as he won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen under Hideaki Miyuki in the muddy Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.
Miyuki settled Seiun Kosei down behind the leading pack before getting flied on the outside in the closing stage. He won the grade one 1,200-meter race in 1 minute 8.70 seconds.
Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Let's Go Donki with Red Falx, another neck behind, third.
Seiun Kosei, who has now won six of his 15 races with more than 196 million jpn yen, has raced under the color of S. Nishiyama and the condition of H. Uehara.
Sakurai Farm was the breeder of Seiun Kosei, a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Admire Moon out of Observant, by Capote.

Incantation wins March Stakes


Incantation won the grade three March Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. This was the first successful run for him since winning the grade three Heian Stakes on May 23, 2015.
Second was, a 1/2-length behind, Dia del Rey, who was a 1/2-length better than Altair.
Masaki Katsuura rode Incantation to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 52 seconds flat on dirt surface.
Incantation is a 7-year-old bay horse by Sister Minister out of Original Spin, by Machiavellian.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nikkei Sho won by Sciacchetra


Sciacchetra gained the first grade glory as he won the Nikkei Sho under Hironobu Tanabe at Nakayama on Saturday.
Tanabe settled his horse down, far off the pace, early on and he moved up gradually on the final bend before producing a great burst of finishing stride.
Second was, a 3/4-length behind, Miraieno Tsubasa with another head away Admire Deus third. Race favorite Gold Actor finished fifth.
The final time for the 2,500-meter distace was 2 minutes 32.80 seconds.
Sciacchetra, who improved his career record to 6-4-1-1, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Manhattan Cafe out of Samaaha, by Singspiel.

Al Ain takes Mainichi Hai


Having run at the second spot, Al Ain went into front in the early stretch to win the Mainichi Hai at Hanshin on Saturday.
In the hands of Kohei Matsuyama, he won the grade three 1,800-meter race in 1 minute 46.50 seconds.
Race favorite Satono Arthur came from dead last to finish second, a 1/2-length behind. Another 1/2-length behind, Kiseki was third.
Al Ain, who has now won three of his four races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Dubai Majesty, by Essence of Dubai.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Field set for 2017 Takamatsunomiya Kinen


A field of 18 horses has been drawn for the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.


The g1 Sprinters Stakes winner Red Falx, well beaten in the Hong Kong Sprint last out, drew post 7. Melagrana(AUS), an impressive winner of the g3 Ocean Stakes, drew post 12. The g3 Kyoto Himba Stakes winner Let's Go Donki drew post 3. Shuji, who had an undesired finish in the g3 Hankyu Hai last month, drew post 9. Solveig, sixth in the g3 Sil Road Stakes, drew post 13.


The field for the wide-open 1,200-meter Takamatsunomiya Kinen is:


1 Teehaff, 7h, 57, Yusaku Kokubun

2 Fiero, 8h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
3 Let's Go Donki, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
4 Rhein Spirit, 6h, 57, Kazuma Mori
5 Red Arion, 7h, 57, Yuji Hishida
6 Seiun Kosei, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
7 Red Falx, 6h, 57, Mirco Demuro
8 Bakushin Teio, 8h, 57, Andrasch Starke(JPN)
9 Shuji, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
10 Xmas, 6m, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
11 Snow Dragon, 9h, 57, Takuya Ono
12 Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 55, Keita Tosaki
13 Solveig, 4f, 55, Hironobu Tanabe
14 Talking Drum, 7h, 57, Kota Fujioka
15 Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 57, Hirofumi Shii
16 Tosho Piste, 5h, 57, Yutaka Yoshida
17 Nac Venus, 4f, 55, Yukito Ishikawa
18 Once in a Moon, 4f, 55, Syu Ishibashi

Grade three March Stakes on Saturday


Nakayama hosts the grade three March Stakes on Sunday, March 26.

A total of 16 dirt runners have been entered for the 1,800-meter race.

Asukano Roman, Cosmo Canadian and London Town are the likely leading contenders.

The field for the March Stakes is:

1 Happy Sprint, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
2 Shonan Apollon, 7h, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
3 Pit Boss, 4c, 55, Yoshitomi Shibata
4 Incantation, 7h, 57.5, Masaki Katsuura
5 Altair, 5h, 54, Katsuharu Tanaka
6 Meisho Sumitomo, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
7 Dear Domus, 5h, 54, Teruo Eda
8 Regent Rock, 6h, 55, Masami Matsuoka
9 Meiner Crop, 7h, 56, Takayuki Kato
10 Kokusuisen, 4c, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama
11 Cosmo Canadian, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
12 London Town, 4c, 57, Yuichi Shibayama
13 Silk Dreamer, 8h, 53, Akihide Tsumura
14 Asukano Roman, 6h, 58, Hatsuhiro Kowata
15 Dia del Rey, 6h, 55, Takuya Kowata
16 Strong Souther, 6h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura

Nikkei Sho on Saturday


The grade two Nikkei Sho for 4-year-olds and upwards will be run on Saturday at Nakayama Racecourse.

Having finished a narrow third in the g1 Arima Kinen last time out, grade one winner Gold Actor returns to his favorite course. This horse won this event last season. Sciacchetra, a lightly race colt who finished a narrow second in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai, makes the first appearance on the Nakayama course to bid for a first grade success. Rainbow Line and the 2016 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 guineas) winner Dee Majesty had placed sixth and 13th, respectively, in the Japan Cup.

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

1 Fermezza, 6h, 56, Keita Tosaki
2 Recondite, 7h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
3 Yamakatsu Raiden, 5h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
4 Prince Pesca, 7h, 56, Teruo Eda
5 Nasuno Seikan, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Dee Majesty, 4c, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
7 Meiner Sage, 5h, 56, Daichi Shibata
8 Jun Vulcan, 4c, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Rainbow Line, 4c, 55, Mirco Demuro
10 Admire Deus, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
11 Miraieno Tsubasa, 4c, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
12 Gold Actor, 6h, 57, Hayato Yoshida
13 Sciacchetra, 4c, 55, Hironobu Tanabe
14 Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
15 Tosen Reve, 9h, 56, Yukito Ishikawa
16 Meiner Medalist, 9h, 56, Takuya Ono

Grade Three Mainichi Hai


Eight 3-year-old colts have been entered for the grade three Mainichi Hai at Hanshin on Saturday.

Satono Arthur, second in the Kisaragi Sho, is likely to be the favorite. He drew post 1. Clear the Track takes on this grade race afer winning at the lower level. Gun Salute finished a neck second in the g3 Keisei Hai last outing. Trust and Al Ain finished fourth and sixth in the g3 Shinzan Kinen respectively.

The post position with riders for the 1,800-meter Mainichi is:

1 Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
2 T M Hittamage, Ken Tanaka
3 Al Ain, Kohei Matsuyama
4 Clear the Track, Hirofumi Shii
5 Trust, Yuji Tannai
6 Kiseki, Andrasch Starke
7 Platinum Bullet, Kenichi Ikezoe
8 Gun Salute, Yuichi Kitamura
Weight: 56kgs.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fan Dii Na crushes rivals in Flower Cup


After sailing at the second spot, the heavy favorite Fan Dii Na took a lead entering the stretch en route to winning the grade three 1,800-meter Flower Cup under Yasunari Iwata at Nakayama Racecourse on Monday.
With Iwata's hands barely moving, Fan Dii Na cantered to the post in 1 minute 48.70 seconds for the final time.
A 5-length behind, See's Lullaby was second with Draw a Card third, another neck away.
Fan Dii Na is a 3-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of the Pivotal mare Dream of Genie.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Win Bright accelerates in Spring Stakes


Win Bright began to make a move before the final bend and then accelerated throughout the stretch to win the grade two Spring Stakes under Masami Matsuoka in 1 minute 48.40 seconds over 1,800 meters at Nakayama.
A 1/2-length behind, Outliers finished second with Platina Voice, another 1/2-length away, third. Race favorite Satono Ares finished fourth.
Win Bright is a 3-year-old grey colt by Stay Gold out of Summer Eternity, by Admire Cozzene.

Satono Diamond wins easily Hanshin Daishoten


Satono Diamond got off to a good start for his 2017 season as Christophe Lemaire led him to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. After running far off the pace, the heavy favorite showed a great turn of foot in the late stage.
Second was Cheval Grand with Tosen Basil, a 2 1/2-length behind, third. The final time for the grade two 3,000-meter race on firm ground was 3 minutes 2.60 seconds.
Satono Diamond is a 4-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Flower Cup on Monday


The Flower Cup for 3-year-old fillies will be held on Monday, March 20 at Nakayama.

Fan Dii Na, undefeated in two starts with a 1 1/4-length victory of the Tsubaki Sho last outing, drew post 12. Dipavamsa, fourth in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, drew post 1. Dea Regalo, undefeated in two starts, drew post 5. Hanalei Moon, coming off fifth in the g3 Queen Cup, drew post 10.

The post position with riders for the 1,800-meter event is:

1 Dipavamsa, Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Bright Moon, Hironobu Tanebe
3 Morito Shirayuri, Teruo Eda
4 Sentir, Akihide Tsumura
5 Dea Regalo, Christophe Lemaire
6 Sea's Lullaby, Yoshitomi Shibata
7 Toho Aires, Masayoshi Ebina
8 Draw a Card, Yutaka Take
9 Sacre Express, Takuya Ono
10 Hanalei Moon, Andrasche Starke
11 Venus Arrow, Hiroto Yoshihara
12 Fan Dii Na, Yasunari Iwata
13 Ever Princess, Yutaka Yoshida

Kosoku Straight sensational late stride in Falson Stakes


Kosoku Straight got past Bom Servico and Mayson Junior near the line to win the Falcon Stakes at Chukyo on Saturday.
A neck behind, Bom Service came second with Mayson Junior another neck away third.
Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner to run in the grade three 1,400-meter race in 1 minute 21.10 seconds.
Kosoku Straight is a 3-year-old bay colt by Victoire Pisa out of Mejiro Ace, by Admire Cozzene.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Stakes at Nakayama


Sunday, March 19 sees the Fuji TV Sho Spring Stakes, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama Racecourse.

Satono Ares, who won the g1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes by producing an explosive late run, could be the one to keep an eye on. He drew post 9.
Tricolore Bleu, winner of the Freesia Sho, drew post 11. Outliers, who displayed a sensational stretch run in the Hiiragi Sho, drew post 8. Monde Can Know, runner-up in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, drew post 6.

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

1 Danon Ken Ryu, Fuma Matsuwaka
2 Sound Table, Yuya Mizuguchi
3 All the Go, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Strong Refil, Andrasch Starke
5 Etre Digne, Yuichi Shibayama
6 Monde Can Know, Takuya Ono
7 Platina Voice, Ryuji Wada
8 Outliers, Hironobu Tanabe
9 Satono Ares, Keita Tosaki
10 Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
11 Tricolore Bleu, Mirco Demuro
Weight: 56 kgs

Satono Diamond tops field of Hanshin Daishoten


Satono Diamond makes his seasonal debut as he faces the 9 rivals in the Hanshin Daishoten, a major prep for the Tenno Sho Spring, at Hanshin on Sunday, March19. The Deep Impact colt wrapped up his great season with a couple of grade one victories, the Kikuka Sho(Japnese St.Leger) and Arima Kinen, last year.
The main opponent is likely to be Cheval Grand, who won this event last season.

The field for the g2 3,000-meter Hanshin Daishoten is:

1 Spirits Minoru, 5h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
2 Win Spectre, 5h, 56, Yuji Tannai
3 Cheval Grand, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
4 Tosen Basil, 5h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
5 Toshin Monstera, 7h, 56, Ryoya Kozaki
6 Reve Mistral, 5h, 56, Yuga Kawada
7 One and Only, 6h, 57, Yutaka Take
8 Tamamo Best Play, 7h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
9 Satono Diamond, 4c, 57, Christophe Lemaire
10 Madrid Cafe, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata

Falcon Stakes on Saturday


The main event at Chukyo Racecourse on Saturday, March 18 will be the Chunichi Sports Sho Falcon Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Jo Strictly, fifth in the Arlington Cup, drew post 4. Knight Banneret, a neck victor of the Junior Cup, drew post 12. Bom Servico, who finished fifth in the g1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, drew post 10. Kosoku Straight, failing to show his true run in the g3 Shinzan Kinen  last outing, drew post 9.

The post position for the grade three 1,400-meter race is:

1 Lanikai Sunday, c, Yuichi Kitamura
2 Lanikai City, c, Ryoya Kozaki
3 Jacky, c, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Jo Strictly, c, Yutaka Take
5 Mayson Junior, c, Yuji Hishida
6 Regina Forte, f, Hayato Yoshida
7 Munkustrap, c, Teruo Eda
8 Destiny Song, f, Katsuma Sameshima
9 Kosoku Straight, c, Keita Tosaki
10 Bom Servico, c, Kohei Matsuyama
11 Daiichi Terminal, c, Takuya Ono
12 Knight Banneret, c, Yuta Nakatani
13 Meiner Barman, c, Daichi Shibata
14 Meisho Owara, f, Shinichiro Akiyama
15 Rise Screw, f, Kazuo Yokoyama
16 Entry Ticket, f, Yuji Tannnai

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Karakurenai rallies in Fillies' Revue


After running far off the pace, Karakurenai just got up in time to win the Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue at Hanshin on Sunday.
The Mirco Demuro-steered filly won the grade two 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 21 seconds flat by a 1/2-length from Reine Minoru. Another 1 1/4-length behind, Gold Cape was third.
Karakurenai, who has now won last three starts, is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Lohengrin out of Burning Red, by Agnes Tachyon.

Tosen Victory takes Nakayama Himba S


Tosen Victory took a good position and made a fina effort to win the grade three Nakayama Himba Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. Second was, a neck behind, Magic Time with another 3/4-length away Queen's Milagro third.
Yutaka Take rode the winner to cover the 1,800-meter trip in 1 minute 49.40 seconds.
Tosen Victory is a 5-year-old bay mare by King Kamehameha out of To the Victory, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Yamakatsu Ace finishes strongly in Konko Sho


Race favorite Yamakatsu Ace finished strongly at Chukyo Racecourse on Saturday to win the grade two Kinko Sho for two consecutive years. The 5-year-old horse won it by a 1 1/4-length from Lord Vent d'Or, who finished a nose before third-placed Suzuka Devious.
The final time for the 2,000-meer turf distance was 1 minute 59.20 seconds. The winning jockey was Kenichi Ikezoe.
Yamakatsu Ace is a chestnut horse by King Kamahameha out of Yamakatsu Marilyn, by Grass Wonder.

Friday, March 10, 2017

18 fillies for Fillies' Revue


The Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue, one of the major preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), will be run on Sunday, March 12 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Reine Minoru, fourth finisher of the grade three Queen Cup, drew post 15. 
Karakurenai, winning last two starts, drew post 16
Jeune Ecole, winner of the g2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes who was well beaten in the g1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies last outing, drew post 6.

The post position order with riders for the grade two 1,400-meter Fillies' Revue is:

1 Three Missjohannes, Shinji Kawashima
2 Azure Moon, Syu Ishibashi
3 Stella Rouge, Ryo Takakura
4 Flautista, Yuichi Fukunaga
5 Queen's Sarina, Hideaki Miyuki
6 Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Kitamura
7 Tagano Cattleya, Yuji Hishida
8 Almuten, Manabu Tanaka
9 Belle Capri, Kenichi Ikezoe
10 Rana Azzurra, Isao Yamaguchi
11 Yamakatsu Grace, Yusaku Kokubun
12 Sigrun, Kota Fujioka
13 Gold Cape, Genki Maruyama
14 Bee Kali, Ryuji Wada
15 Reine Minoru, Suguru Hamanaka
16 Karakurenai, Mirco Demuro
17 Akaka, Fuma Matsuwaka
18 Ange Desir, Ryota Sameshima

Sunday's main event at Nakayama: Nakayama Himba S


A total of 16 fillies and mares have been entered for the grade three Laurel R.C. Sho Nakayama Himba Stakes.

The leading contenders are likely to be: Magic Time, Pearl Code and Biche.

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

1 Queen's Milagro, 5m, 52, Masayoshi Ebina
2 Happiness Dancer, 6m, 52, Hiroyuki Uchida
3 Biche, 4f, 55, Keita Tosaki
4 Tosen Victory, 5m, 53, Yutaka Take
5 Chaleur, 5m, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Win Liberty, 6m, 50, Masami Matsuoka
7 Primera Azul, 5m, 51, Yukito Ishikawa
8 Meisho Mambo, 7m, 54, Yoshitomi Shibata
9 Denim and Ruby, 7m, 55.5, Andrasch Starke
10 Ukiyono Kaze, 7m, 55, Hironobu Tanabe
11 Saint Sauveur, 6m, 52, Akihide Tsumura
12 Hiruno Matera, 6m, 54, Yasunari Iwata
13 Magic Time, 6m, 56, Christophe Lemaire
14 Frontier Queen, 4f, 53, Hiroshi Kitamura
15 Lethal Weapon, 6m, 49, Takuya Kowata
16 Pearl Code, 4f, 55, Yuga Kawada

Kinko Sho on Saturday


The grade two Kinko Sho with 16 contestants will be held on Saturday, March 11 at Chukyo Racecourse.

Yamakatsu Ace, who finished a good fourth in the Arima Kinen last outing, drew post 6.
Staphanos, who has been good performance at the grade level with third in the Hong Kong Cup last outing, drew post 9.
Prodigal, a narrow second in the Tokyo Shimbun Hai, drew post 2.
Rouge Buck, multiple grade winner who has been competitive against male runners, drew post 1.
Satono Noblesse, well-beaten in the Arima Kinen, drew post 10.

The field of 16 horses for the 2,000-meter race is:

1 Rouge Buck, 5m, 55, Keita Tosaki
2 Prodigal Son, 4c, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
3 Nasuno Seikan, 5h, 56, Genki Maruyama
4 Luminous Warrior, 6h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
5 Touching Speech, 5m, 54, Christophe Lemaire
6 Yamakatsu Ace, 5h, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
7 Angreifen, 5h, 56, Kota Fujioka
8 Suzuka Devious, 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
9 Staphanos, 6h, 56, Yuga Kawada
10 Satono Noblesse, 7h, 56, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Hit the Target, 9h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12 Paddle Wheel, 6h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
13 Nuovo Record, 6m, 54, Yasunari Iwata
14 Historical, 8h, 56, Ryo Takakura
15 Lord Vent d'Or, 4c, 56, Keisuke Dazai
16 Fluky, 7h, 56, Masami Matsuoka

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Cadenas storms home in Yayoi Sho


Cadenas stormed home on the outside, winning the grade two Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho at Nakayama on Sunday.
A 1/2-length behind, My Style came second with Danburite third, another 1 1/4-length behind.
Yuichi Fukunaga steered the winner to completer the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 3.20 seconds.
Cadenas, who has now won three of his five races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of French Riviera, by French Deputy.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Soul Stirring remains undefeated with Tulip Sho win


Soul Stirring had a good warming-up run toward the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) as she won the Tulip Sho under Christophe Lemaire in 1 minute 33.20 seconds over Hanshin 1,600-meter course on Saturday.
After taking a good position, Lemaire forced Soul Stirring into front 200 meters from home, defeating Miss Panthere by a 2-length. Another 1/2-length behind, Lys Gracieux was third.
Soul Stirring, who has now won four as many starts, is a 3-year-old brown filly by Frankel out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Melagrana(AUS) wins Ocean S in last stride


Melagrana(AUS) beat Nac Venus in last stride to win the Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday. The two separated by a 1/2-length. Xmas came third, another head away. Keita Tosaki was the winning rider. The final time for the 1,200-meter turf event was 1 minute 8.30 seconds.
Melagrana is a 5-year-old bay mare by Fastnet Rock out of Ghaliah, by Secret Savings.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Yayoi Sho on Sunday, March 5


12 three-year-old colts will go for the grade two Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guieas), at Nakayama on Sunday.

Cadenas, who gained a coming-from-behind victory in the g3 Kyoto Nisai Stakes last outing, drew post 11.
Komano Impulse, a neck-victory in the g3 Keisei Hai, drew post 7.
Daiwa Cagney, undefeated in two starts, broke from post 9.
Globe Theatre, a good third finish in the g2 Hopeful Stakes, drew post 3.
Danburite, third in the g3 Kisaragi Sho last month, broke from post 4.

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

1 Best Approach, Keita Tosaki
2 T O Forte, Yoshimasa Kido
3 Globe Theatre, Yuga Kawada
4 Danburite, Christophe Lemaire
5 Satono Max, Andrasch Starke
6 Castle Crown, Shogo Nakano
7 Komano Impulse, Hironobu Tanabe
8 Smart Elements, Masayoshi Ebina
9 Daiwa Cagney, Hiroshi Kitamura
10 My Style, Norihiro Yokoyama
11 Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Dear Shooter, Takuya Ono

Saturday sees Tulip Sho


Saturday, March 4 sees the grade three Tulip Sho, one of the major preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), at Hanshin Racecourse.

Soul Stirring, juvenile filly champ who makes her 2017 debut, drew post 10. Lys Gracieux, who finished second in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies behind Soul Stirring, drew post 3. 

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

1 Mirissa, Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Kawakita Enka, Ryuji Wada
3 Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
4 Entry Ticket, Daichi Shibata
5 Alonza Mona, Hideaki Miyuki
6 Danon Diva, Mirco Demuro
7 Miss Panthere, Hirofumi Shii
8 Vip Cat's Eye, Kota Fujioka
9 Red Ribbon, Kenichi Ikezoe
10 Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
11 World for Love, Fuma Matsuwaka
12 Amber Minnie, Yasunari Iwata

Recent classic winners who have raced the Tulip Sho are Jeweler, Sinhalite, Let's Go Donki, Harp Star and Nuovo Record.

Ocean Stakes on Saturday


A tota of 16 horses have been entered for the grade three Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards at Nakayama on Saturday, March 4.

The leading contenders could be: Melagrana(AUS), Nac Venus, Brave Smash, Xmas and Snow Dragon.

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

1 Peisha Felice, 6m, 54, Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Nac Venus, 4f, 54, Yukito Ishikawa
3 Brave Smash, 4c, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Xmas, 6m, 54, Masaki Katsuura
5 Bakushin Teio, 8h, 56, Andasch Starke
6 Win Mut, 4c, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
7 Tosho Piste, 5h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
8 Red Arion, 7h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
9 Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 54, Keita Tosaki
10 Snow Dragon, 9h, 57, Takuaya Ono
11 Cosmo Dome, 6h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
12 Rinehart, 6m, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Flame Halo, 9g, 56, Yuichiro Nishida
14 Bravissimo, 5h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
15 Blaze a Trail, 8h, 56, Tsubasa Sasagawa
16 Earth Sonic, 8h, 56, Syu Ishibashi