Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yasuda Kinen Nominations

20 horses have been nominated to the grade one Yasuda Kinen.
The nominations include Air Spinel, Ambitious, Greater London, Isla Bonita, Red Falx, Staphanos, and two Hong Kong-trained horses, Beauty Only(IRE) and Contentment(AUS).
The Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 4 at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fame Game storms home in Meguro Kinen

More than one hour after the Derby win, Christophe Lemaire rode another magnificent race to win the grade two Meguro Kinen on Fame Game at Tokyo Racecourse.
Lemaire brought his horse to get past Volsheb near the line, winning the 2.500-meter race in 2 minutes 30.90 seconds. 
A 1/2-length behind, Volsheb was second with Happy Moment another 2-length back third.
Fame Game is a 7-year-old brown gelding by Heart's Cry out of Hall of Fame, by Allez Milord.

Rey de Oro wins Derby: Lemaire rides perfectly

Second favorite Rey de Oro won the Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun)at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. Kazuo Fujisawa gained a first Derby success with Rey de Oro as a trainer in 29 years.
Christophe Lemaire rode a perfect and great race, making an early move in the backstretch. Before the field went into the final bend, Lemaire and Rey de Oro were second place, just behind My Style.
With more than 200 meters to go, Lemaire sent his colt past My Style to take a lead. Suave Richard challenged on the outside, but Rey de Oro just held off to win the 2,400-meter race in 2 minutes 26.90 seconds. A 3/4-length behind, Suave Richard came second with another 1 1/4-length back Admirable third. The fourth was My Style with Al Ain fifth.
In the color of Carrot Farm, Rey de Oro has now won four of his five races with more than 322 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Northern Racing, the 3-year-old bay colt is  by King Kamehameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Admirable slightly favorite for Japanese Derby

After closing Saturday betting round, the favorite for the 2017 Japanese Derby went to Admirable at 4.1(31-10). The second favorite was Rey de Oro at 4.2(16-5), followed by Suave Richard 6.4(27-5), Al Ain 7.4(32-5) and Satono Arthur 8.0(7-1).
The post time for the premier classic race for 3-year-olds will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 28.

Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 grade two Meguro Kinen

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the Meguro Kinen for 4yo+ to be run on Sunday, May 28 at Tokyo Racecourse.
The leading contenders could be: Mondo Intero, Volsheb, Kafuji Prince, Lani(USA), One and Only.

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

1-Mondo Intero, 5h, 56.5, Hiroyuki Uchida
2-Volsheb, 6h, 56.5, Keita Tosaki
3-Saratoga Spirit, 5h, 54, Hirofumi Shii
4-Kafuji Prince, 4c, 55, Yasunari Iwata
5-Altar, 5g, 55, Yuichi Shibayama
6-Silk Dreamer, 8h, 53, Yukito Ishikawa
7-Umbruch, 4c, 55, Mirco Demuro
8-Lani(USA), 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
9-Happy Moment, 7h, 54, Yuga Kawada
10-Toruk Makto, 7h, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Meiner Sage, 5h, 55, Daichi Shibata
12-Fame Game, 7g, 58, Christophe Lemaire
13-Hit the Target, 9h, 57.5, Takuya Ono
14-Mousquetaire, 9h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
15-One and Only, 6h, 58, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Meisho Kadomatsu, 8h, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Recondite, 7h, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
18-Cryptogram, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stage set for 2017 Japanese Derby

A stage is set to run in the Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, May 28.

Admirable(4-3-0-0) gave public very impression when winning the g2 Aoba Sho in storming fashion. Reproduction of his Aoba Sho run at the same course and distance is expected.
Al Ain(5-4-0-0) gained a brilliant victory in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas). This colt could hold a good position and follow with strong finish.
Cadenas(6-3-2-0), well-beaten in the Satsuki Sho, bids for bouncing back at his favored venue.
Daiwa Cagney(4-3-0-0) is strong front-running winner of the Principal Stakes.
Persian Knight(6-3-2-1), who sneaked on the inside to finish second in the Satsuki Sho, could get another big run.
Rey de Oro(4-3-0-0) came off a 4-month layoff in the Satsuki Sho where he finished a good fifth. Much better run could be produced.
Satono Arthur(4-2-2-0), runner-ups in the grade races last two outing, skipped the Satsuki Sho to focus on this big event. 
Suave Richard(5-2-2-0), sixth in the Satsuki Sho, is capable of blowing a strong finish at his favorite course.

The field of 18 colts in post position order with riders for the 2,400-meter Derby is:

1-Danburite, Yutaka Take
2-America's Cup, Fuma Matsuwaka
3-My Style, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Suave Richard, Hirofumi Shii
5-Clincher, Yusuke Fujioka
6-Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
7-Al Ain, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Trust, Yuji Tannai
9-Meiner Sphene, Daichi Shibata
10-Best Approach, Yasunari Iwata
11-Persian Knight, Keita Tosaki
12-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
13-Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Jo Strictly, Hiroyuki Uchida
15-Daiwa Cagney, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Kyohei, Ryo Takakura
17-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
18-Admirable, Mirco Demuro
Weight: 57 kgs.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Japanese Derby Nominations

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 2017 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun).
The nominations include Admirable, Al Ain,Persian Knight, Rey de Oro, Satono Arthur and Suave Richard.
The Japanese Derby will be run on Sunday, May 18 at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Soul Stirring redeems reputation with Oaks victory

Soul Stirring, ridden by Christophe Lemaire and trained by K.Fujisawa, redeemed her reputation when she won the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) as favorite at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday afternoon.
It was a great and exciting finish between Soul Stirring and Mozu Katchan. With about 400 meters to go, the pair broke out from the crowd, but Soul Stirring was going the better of the rival. Lemaire brought Soul Stirring out to flash past the post in 2 minutes 24.10 seconds for a 2,400-meter trip.
A 1 3/4-length behind, Mozu Katchan was second with Admire Miyabi third, a 2 1/2-length behind. Another head behind was Deirdre with Lys Gracieux fifth.
Soul Stirring has now won five of her six races with more than 277 million jpn yen in career earnings unde the color of Shadai Race Horse Co.Ltd. Bred by Shadai Farm, she is a 3-year-old brown filly by Frankel out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great Pearl overwhelming Heian S victory

Great Pearl extended his winning streak to five as he gained an overwhelming victory in the grade three Heian Stakes at Kyoto Saturday afternoon.
Yuga Kawada's driven Great Pearl, making up a lot of ground on the final bend, took a lead with more than 200 meters to go, winning the 1,900-meter race in 1 minute 55.70 seconds on fast track.
Chrysolite was second, a 4-length behind, with another 1/2-length behind Meiner Baika third.
Great Pearl, who remains undefeated after switching to dirt surface, is a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Fortune Word, by Dehere.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Saturday sees Heian Stakes

Saturday, May 20 sees the grade three Heian Stakes for 4yo+ at Kyoto Racecourse on dirt.
The possible leading horses are Glanzend, Great Pearl, Asukano Roman, K T Brave and Chrysolite.

The field of 16 for the 1,900-meter race is:

1-Meiner Baika, 8h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
2-Tagano Espresso, 5h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Copano Charlie, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Chrysolite, 7h, 58, Yutaka Take
5-Pionero, 6h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
6-Kurino Star O, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Asukano Roman, 6h, 57, Ryuji Wada
8-Regent Rock, 6h, 56, Yuta Nakatani
9-Great Pearl, 4c, 56, Yuga Kawada
10-Roi Jardin, 6h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
11-London Town, 4c, 57, Kohei Matsuyama
12-Meiner Crop, 7h, 56, Makot Okabe
13-Last Impact, 7h, 57, Hirofumi Shii
14-Dream Kirari(USA), 5h, 56, Hiroto Mayuzumi
15-Glanzend, 4c, 58, Christophe Lemaire

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Field drawn for 2017 Japanese Oaks

A field of 18 fillies has been drawn for the Japanese Oaks(known as the Yushun Himba) at Tokyo Racecourse.
Lys Gracieux came near to win a filly classic when finishing a narrow second in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). She breaks from post 14.
Soul Stirring came at her first loss when finishing third in the Oka Sho. She drew post 2.
Admire Miyabi, well-beaten in the Oka Sho, has shown good run of form at Tokyo as she won the g3 Queen Cup. She drew post 16.
Reine Minoru, who beat Lys Gracieux and Soul Stirring to win the Oka Sho on soft ground, breaks from post 13.
G2 Floral Stakes winner Mozu Katchan drew post 1. Flawless Magic, third in the Flora S, drew post 3 and Sweepea Stakes winner Black's Beach breaks from post 10.

The post position order with riders for the grade one 2,400-meter race is:

1-Mozu Katchan, Ryuji Wada
2-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
3-Flawless Magic, Keita Tosaki
4-Miss Panthere, Hirofumi Shii
5-Mauve Sapphire, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Hello Unicorn, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Deirdre, Yasunari Iwata
8-Ho O Perfume, Masami Matsuoka
9-Dipavamsa, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Black's Beach, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Red Cordis, Yutaka Yoshida
12-Black Onyx, Takuya Ono
13-Reine Minoru, Kenichi Ikezoe
14-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
15-Yamakatsu Grace, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Admire Miyabi, Mirco Demuro
17-Caribbean Gold, Katsuharu Tanaka
18-Manarola, Masayoshi Ebina
Weight: 55 kgs

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nominations for 2017 Japanese Oaks

A total of 23 fillies have been nominated to the Japanese Oaks(known as the Yushun Himba).
The nominations include Admire Miyabi, Flawless Magic, Lys Gracieux, Reine Minoru and Soul Stirring.
The Oak will be run on Saturday, May 21 at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters on turf.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Admire Lead brilliant late run in Victoria Mile

Admire Lead, perfectly ridden by Christophe Lemaire, broke out from the crowd to win the Victoria Mile at Tokyo Sunday afternoon.
Lemaire forced his filly to squeeze between horses on the middle of the course before getting up to the winning post.
A 1 1/4-length behind was Denko Ange, who got past Jour Poaire for second place. The race was run in 1 minute 33.90 seconds over 1,600 meters on good ground.
Admire Lead has now won five of her 14 races with more than 191 million jpn yen under the color of R.Kondo and the saddle of N.Sugai.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Admire Lead, a 4-year-old brown filly by Stay Gold out of Belle Allure, by Numerous.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Red Falx takes Keisei Hai Spring C

Red Falx with Mirco Demuro up drew out with less than 200 meters from home to win the grade two Keisei Hai Spring Cup on Saturday.
He won it by a 3/4-length from Clarente with another 1/2-length away Grand Silk third. The race was run in 1 minute 23.20 seconds over 1,400 meters at Tokyo on yielding ground.
Red Falx is a 6-year-old grey horse by Swept Overboard out of Vermouth, by Sunday Silence.

Japan nominations for 2017 Arc de Triomphe

Five JRA horses have been nominated to the Arc de Triomphe to be run on October 1 at Chantilly.
Kitasan Black
Satono Diamond
Satono Nobless

Other horses to eye overseas
Epicharis, a narrow second in the UAE Derby, will be heading for the Belmont Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park.
Satono Ares will skip the Japanese Derby. His next action may see in the Tomoe Sho at Hakodate on July 2 or the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes on July 8 at Belmont.
Admire Deus plans to make a trip to Australia this Fall. The Nov.7 Melbourne Cup at Flemington and the Oct.21 Caulfield Cup will be his main object.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Saturday's main event at Tokyo: Keio Hai Spring Cup

The grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup will be run on Saturday, May 13 at Tokyo.
The possible leading players are Satono Aladdin, Red Falx, Campbell Junior(AUS) and Grand Silk.

The field for the 1,400-meter race is:

1-Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Rosa Gigantea, 6h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
3-Campbell Junior(AUS), 5h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
4-Satono Aladdin, 6h, 57, Yuga Kawada
5-Tosen Duke, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
6-Dantsu Prius, 4c, 56, Genki Maruyama
7-Bravissimo, 5h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Tosho Drafter, 4c, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Grand Silk, 5h, 56, Keita Tosaki
10-Red Falx, 6h, 58, Mirco Demuro
11-Talking Drum, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
12-Clarente, 8h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
13-Dashing Blaze(USA), 5h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida

Field drawn for Sunday's Victoria Mile

A field of 17 fillies and mares has been drawn for the grade one Victoria Mile on Sunday, May 14.
Mikki Queen, coming off an impressive victory in the g2 Hanshin Himba S, drew post 11. Smart Layer, a 1 1/4-length second in the g2 Kyoto Kinen last outing, had post 2. Let's Go Donki, a good second in the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 14. Rouge Buck and Queens Ring break from post 7 and 8 respectively.

The post position order with riders for the Victoria Mile at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters is:

1-At the Seaside, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Smart Layer, Yutaka Take
3-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Solveig, Yuga Kawada
5-Admire Lead, Christophe Lemaire
6-Asuka Biren, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Rouge Buck, Keita Tosaki
8-Queens Ring, Mirco Demuro
9-Halteclere, Hiroto Mayuzumi
10-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Mikki Queen, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Ukiyono Kaze, Hayato Yoshida
13-Hiruno Matera, Hirofumi Shii
14-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
15-Frontier Queen, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Kurino Lahore, Yuichi Kitamura
17-Lethal Weapon, Hiroyuki Uchida
Weight: 55 kgs.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Nominees for Victoria Mile

17 horses have been nominated to the grade one Victoria Mile for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mare.
The nominations include Mikki Queen, Smart Layer, Let's Go Donki, Rouge Buck and Queens Ring.
The Victoria Mile will be run on Sunday, May 14 at Tokyo Racecoure over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Aerolithe finishes strongly in NHK Mile C

For the fifth time, a filly won the grade one NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday when Aerolithe, ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama and trained by T.Kikuzawa, beat Rieno Tesoro(USA) by a 1 1/2-length. Bom Servico was third, another 2 1/2-length back.
Aerolithe broke well, and Yokoyama pulled her back to take a good position, while Bom Servico made the running.
At about 200 meters remaining, Aerolithe got past Bom Servico to take a lead, and was going well to the winning post in 1 minute 32.30 seconds on firm ground.
In the color of Sunday Racing Co.Ltd., Aerolithe has now won twice of her six races with more than 137 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Aerolithe, a 3-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Asterix, by Neo Universe.

Sunday Wizard wins Niigata Daishoten after duel

Sunday Wizard got the better of a duel with Meiner Frost to win the grade three Niigata Daishoten at Niigata Racecourse Sunday.
He won it by a nose from Meiner Frost with another 2-length back Maitres d'Art third. Syu Ishibashi guided the winner to cover the 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 58.60 seconds.
Sunday Wizard is a 5-year-old bay horse by Neo Universe out of She's Included, by Include.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Platinum Bullet thrilling victory in Kyoto Shimbun

In the hands of Suguru Hamanaka, Platinum Bullet got up in the nick of time to win a thrilling Kyoto Shimbun Hai victory at Kyoto Racecourse. Second was, a head behind, Satono Chronicle with another neck away Danon Distance third. The race was run in 2 minutes 15.20 seconds over 2,200 meters on turf.
Platinum Bullet is a 3-year-old grey colt by Manhattan Cafe out of Snow Style, by White Muzzle.

Daiwa Cagney wins Principal S
At about 200 meters to go, Daiwa Cagney drew away to win the Principal Stakes, one of the major preps for the Japanese Derby, at Tokyo on Saturday. Red Roses was second, a 2 1/2-length behind. Another 3/4-length behind, Lord Alberta was thrid place. Hiroshi Kitamura rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 1 minute 58.30 seconds on firm ground.
Daiwa Cagney is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Triplex, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Copano Rickey romps Kashiwa Kinen

Copano Rickey gained his third Kashiwa Kinen victory under Yutaka Take at Funabashi Racetrack on Friday afternoon.
Take settled Copano Rickey down at sixth place, behind the leading pack, and gradually made up ground on the final bend. At about 100 meters from home, Copano Rickey drew away to win the 1,600-meter dirt race in 1 minute 39.90 seconds. A 2-length behind, Incantation came second with Moanin(USA) another neck away third.
Copano Rickey is a 7-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country.

Saturday's Kyoto Shimbun attracts 12 runners

12 three-year-old colts will go for the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai, considered one of the preps for the Japanese Derby, on Saturday, May at Kyoto Racecourse.

The entries include Invicta,Satono Chronicle,Platinum Bullet and Satono Ryuga.

The field in post position order with riders for the 2,200-meter race is:

1 Kakeru Tesoro(USA),Hideaki Miyuki
2-Danon Distance,Ryuji Wada
3-Satono Chronicle,Yuga Kawada
4-Invicta,Christophe Lemaire
5-Satono Ryuga,Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Gold Hat(USA),Yutaka Take
7-Hagino Ares,Hirofumi Shii
8-Mikki Swallow,Kazuki Kikuzawa
9-Melvin Kazuma,Yuichi Kitamura
10-Yukino Taiga,Akatsuki Tomita
11-Platinum Bullet,Suguru Hamanaka
12-Win Veracious,Kohei Matsuyama
Weight: 56 kgs

Sunday's main event: Niigata Daishoten

A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade three Niigata Daishoten for 4yo+ on Sunday, May 7 at Niigata Racecourse.

Maitres d'Art, Jun Vulcan, Fluky, Sunday Wizard and Shiny Prince are likely to be leading contenders.

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

1-Toruk Makto,7h,54,Teruo Eda
2-Sunday Wizard,5h,55,Syu Ishibashi
3-Mozu Raijin,5h,55,Shigefumi Kumazawa
4-Shiny Prince,7h,56.5,Akihide Tsumura
5-Paris Karanotegami,6h,53,Takuya Kowata
6-Meiner Frost,6h,57,Yuji Tannai
7-Jun Vulcan,4c,55,Kota Fujioka
8-Fluky,7h,57.5,Ryuji Wada
9-Longing Dancer,8h,54,Kazuo Yokoyama
10-Barone Douphol,7g,53,Yoshihiro Furukawa
11-Maitres d'Art,4c,55,Suguru Hamanaka
12-Win Inspire,6h,52,Rysei Sakai
13-Red Solomon,5h,56,Masaki Katsuura
14-Mousquetaire,9h,56,Genki Maruyama
15-Shadow Wizard,7g,52,Yuji Hishida
16-Tosen Reve,9h,57,Shinichiro Akiyama

18 runners for grade one NHK Mile Cup

Sunday, May 7th sees the grade one NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters on turf.

Monde Can Know, well-beaten in the g2 Spring Stakes last month, drew post 1. Outliers, who had an undesired result in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) last outing, drew post 3. Karakurenai, fourth in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), drew post 4. Bom Servico, who came near to win a grade race in several occasions, drew post 6. Aerolithe, fifth in the Oka Sho, drew post 16.

The post position with riders for the wide-open Mile Cup is:

1-Monde Can Know,c,Christophe Lemaire
2-Kyohei,c,Ryo Takakura
3-Outliers,c,Hironobu Tanabe
4-Karakurenai,f,Mirco Demuro
5-Platina Voice,c,Yukito Ishikawa
6-Bom Servico,c,Kohei Matsuyama
7-Jo Strictly,c,Yutaka Take
8-Time Trip,c,Keita Tosaki
9-Taisei Starry,c,Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Divine Code,c,Yoshitomi Shibata
11-All the Go,c,Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Mi Suerte,f,Yuga Kawada
13-Trust,c,Daichi Shibata
14-Rieno Tesoro(USA),f,Hayato Yoshida
15-Red en Ciel,c,Yuichi Fukunaga
16-Aerolithe,f,Norihiro Yokoyama
17-Knight Banneret,c,Yusuke Fujioka
18-Gun Salute,c,Kenichi Ikezoe
Weight: colts for 57kgs, fillies allowed 2 kgs.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

10 horses for Kashiwa Kinen

10 horses have been entered for the NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards at Funabashi track on Friday, May 5.
JRA entries are Copano Rickey, Incantation, Moanin(USA), Best Warrior(USA), Blason de Lis and Riccard.

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

1 Copano Rickey, 7h, Yutaka Take
2 Incantation, 7h, Yasunari Iwata
3-Moanin(USA), 5h, Christophe Lemaire
4-Mikki Hennessy, 8h, Ryo Kosugi
5-Touch Duel, 8m, Masayuki Yamashita
6-Omega Sky Tree, 9g, Daisuke Mashima
7-Best Warrior(USA), 7h, Keita Tosaki
8-Blason de Lis, 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Riccardo, 6g, Takuya Ono
10-Dual Sword, 9h, Takumi Kobayashi
Weight: 57kgs, Touch Duel allowed 2 kgs.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mile Cup nominations

25 three-year-olds have been nominated to the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.
The nominations include Karakurenai, Monde Can Know, Aerolite, Outliers and Bom Servico.
The grade one Mile Cup will be run on Sunday, May 7.