Sunday, April 09, 2017

Reine Minoru gains Oka Sho victory

Reine Minoru, the 40.8 eighth favorite, put up a great performance to win the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin Racecourse Sunday afternoon.
Ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe and trained by M. Honda, Reine Minoru raced at fourth place early on. With 200 meters to go, Ikezoe took her to the front with heavy favorite Soul Stirring right behind her. From that point, Reine Minoru was never giving up the leading position, winning the  1,600-meter classic race in 1 minute 34.50 seconds on good ground.
The fast finishing Lys Gracieux robbed Soul Stirring of second place. A neck separated by the two. Karakurenai was fourth place with Aerolithe fifth in the reduced field of 17.
Under the color of Minoru Yoshioka, Reine Minoru has now three of her seven races with more than 215 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Fujiwara Farm, Reine Minoru is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Daiwa Major out of Daiwa Angel, by Taiki Shuttle.

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