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 American 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