Sunday, July 22, 2018

Greater London wins Chukyo Kinen in record time


Race favorite Greater London rallied in the stretch on his way to winning the Chukyo Kinen in the record time of 1:32.3 for the Chukyo 1,600-meter turf course. Logi Cry a 3/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Reliable Ace was third. The winning rider was Hironobu Tanabe.
Greater London, who has now gained his first grade victory, totally seven wins in 15 starts, is a 6-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of London Bridge, by Dr Devious.

Aster Pegasus(USA) gets up in time in Hakodate Nisai


Aster Pegasus(USA), who was coming far behind in the stretch, got up in the nick of time to win the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes at Hakodate on Sunday.
Ryoya Kozaki-steered Aster Pegasus(USA) won the 1,200-meter race in 1:09.4 by a nose from Love Me Fine. Another 3/4-length behind, Carlino was third.
Aster Pegasus(USA), bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LCC in US, who has now recorded 2 for 2, is a 2-year-old chestnut colt by Giant's Causeway out of R Heat Lightning, by Trippi.

Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Chukyo Kinen


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade three Toyota Sho Chukyo Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday.
The leading conteders could be: One to One, Logi Cry, Win Gagnant and Greater London.


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

1-Smart Odin, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Roi Absolu, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Black Moon, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Reliable Ace, Keita Tosaki
5-Frontier, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Koei Takeru, Katsuma Sameshima
7-America's Cup, Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Meiner Aurato, Yusaku Kokubun
9-Daimei Fuji, Manabu Sakai
10-Garibaldi, Ryuji Wada
11-One to One, Mirco Demuro
12-Logi Cry, Suguru Hamanaka
13-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
14-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
15-Moon Crest, Daisaku Matsuda
16-Greater London, Hironobu Tanabe

2018 Hakodate Nisai S


Hakodate Race Course features the Hakodate Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday, July 22.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entries are Suzuka Kanaloa, Carlino, Aster Pegasus(USA) and Nanyo Izayoi.
NAR entries are M T Un and Record Chaser.


The post position with riders for the grad three 1,200-meter event is:

1-Love Me Ricky*(by South Vigorous) Masami Matsuoka
2-Gaisen(by Danon Ballade) Kota Fujioka
3-Suzuka Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Tosen Opal*(by Swept Overboard) Masaki Katsuura
5-Carlino(by Matsurida Gogh) Yusuke Fujioka
6-Aster Pegasus(USA)(by Giant's Causeway) Ryota Kozaki
7-Ichigomillefeuille*(by Johannesburg) Takuma Ito
8-M T Un*(by Pas de Trois) Kosei Miura
9-Lord Wonder(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Yuji Nakai
10-Love Me Fine*(by Juse a Way) Genki Maruyama
11-Nanyo Izayoi(by Eishin Flash) Yasunari Iwata
12-Lovelylonelyronsse(by Nakayama Festa) Yuji Hishida
13-Record Chaser*(by Deep Brillante) Ryu Abe
14-Historico*(by Swept Overboard) Takeshi Yokoyama
15-Hold Your Hand(by Espoir City) Christophe Lemaire
16-Nivian*(by I'll Have Another) Yoshihiro Furukawa
*fillies

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mitsuba back-to-back victory in Mercury C


On Monday, July 16 at Morioka track, Mitsuba gained victory in the  Mercury Cup for two consecutive years. He won the NAR grade three 2,000-meter dirt race in 2:03.5 under Kohei Matsuyama. Yoshio, who set the pace from start, finished a length behind in second. Another 4-length behind, Phoenix Mark was third.
Mitsuba, tained at JRA Ritto by T. Kayo, is a 6-year-old bay horse by Kane Hekili out of Saint Christmas, by Commander in Chief.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Air Anthem takes Hakodate Kinen


Air Anthem took a good position to win the Hakodate Kinen at Hakodate on Sunday. He won the 2,000-meter race in 1:59.8 under Yusuke Fujioka by a 1/2-length from Sakura Empereur. Another 1/2-length behind, Etena Minoru was third.
Air Anthem, who has now won his first grade race, is a 7-year-old dark bay horse by Symboli Kris S out of Air Magdalene, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Mercury Cup


14 horses have entered to the NAR grade three Mercury Cup. JRA entries are Meiner Basara, Mitsuba, Phoenix Mark, Seidig Meer and Yoshio.
The Mercury Cup will be run on Monday, July 16 at Morioka track.

Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Hakodate Kinen


Hakodate Racecourse hosts the Hakodate Kinen for 3-year-olds and up on Sunday, July 15.
The possible leading contendes among 15 entires are: Black Bago, Sakura Empereur, Suzuka Devious, Tricolore Bleu and Bless Journey.


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

1-Black Bago, Yasunari Iwata
2-Cadenas, Kota Fujioka
3-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Crown Divider, Hayato Yoshida
5-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
6-Air Anthem, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Tricolore Bleu, Christophe Lemaire
8-Logi Chalice, Masayoshi Ebina
9-Curren Last Show, Yuichi Kitamura
10-Bless Journey, Yoshitomi Shibata
11-Meiner Honey, Yuji Tannai
12-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
13-Night of Knights, Kenichi Ikezoe
14-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
15-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Le Vent Se Leve rallies in Japan Dirt Derby


Le Vent Se Leve, ridden by Mirco Demuro, came from far behind to win the NAR grade one Japan Dirt Derby at Ohi track on Wednesday night. A 1 1/2-length behind, Omega Perfurm was second with another neck back Great Time third. The winner came across the wire in 2:05.8 over 2,000 meters on dirt.
Le Vent Se Leve, trained at JRA Miho by K. Hagiwara, who has now won five of his six races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of Maestrale, by Neo Universe.

Monday, July 09, 2018

2018 Japan Dirt Derby


A total of 14 horses will contend in the NAR grade one Japan Dirt Derby. JRA entries are Le Vent Se Leve, Great Time, Bhailla, Don Fortis, T O Energy, Harvest Moon and Omega Perfume. Sun Davenport is the only filly in the field.

The Japan Dirt Derby will be run on Wednesday, July 11 at Ohi track.

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

1-Le Vent Se Leve, Mirco Demuro
2-Crytal Silver, Fumio Matoba
3-Great Time, Christophe Lemaire
4-Kurosuke, Tsubasa Sasagawa
5-Bhailla, Ryuji Wada
6-Sun Davenport, Masashi Udeda
7-Super Jet, Isao Yamaguchi
8-Don Fortis, Yutaka Take
9-T O Energy, Yasunari Iwata
10-Riko Walther, Daisuke Mashima
11-Haseno Pyro, Takayuki Yano
12-Harvest Moon, Keita Tosaki
13-Al Fatiha, Hiroto Yoshihara
14-Omega Perfume, Yuga Kawada



Sunday, July 08, 2018

Big surprise in Tanabata


Meadowlark, installed as the 11th favorite at the odds of 100.8(499/5), won the Tanabata Sho at Fukushima racecourse on Sunday. He won it by a neck from fourth favorite Meiner Sage. Another 2-length away, Power Pocket was third.  Kyotosuke Maruta rode the winner to get into the wire in 2:00.8 over 2,000 meters on turf.
It was the first victory for Meadowlark since June 2015 when winning the June Stakes at Tokyo.
Meadowlark is a 7-year-old bay horse by Tanino Gimlet out of Agehibari, by Kurofune.

Matera Sky(USA) wins Procyon S in record time


Matera Sky(USA) with Yutaka Take up made the running and went all the way to win the Procyon Stakes in the record time of 1:20.3 over 1,400 meters on dirt at Chukyo racecourse. A 4-length behind, Incantation was second with another 1/2-length back Win Mut third.
Matera Sky(USA), who has now won six of his 19 races, is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Speightstown out of Mostaqeleh, by Rahy.

Friday, July 06, 2018

2018 Procyon Stakes


A total of 14 horses will contest in the Procyon Stakes at Chukyo racecourse on Sunday.
The leading contenders could be: Dream Kirari(USA), Win Mut, Incantation, King's Guard, Matera Sky(USA).


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

1-Success Energy, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Dream Kirari(USA), Mirco Demuro
3-Win Mut, Ryuji Wada
4-Brightline, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Le Grand Frisson(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Incantation, Kosei Miura
7-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Drive Knight, Suguru Hamanaka
9-A Shin Valor, Osamu Shimohara
10-Danon Good, Yuga Kawada
11-Namura Miracle, Takashi Fujikake
12-Blason de Lis, Miyabi Muto
13-Matera Sky(USA), Yutaka Take
14-Saita Three Red, Manabu Sakai

2018 Tanabata Sho


Sunday, July 8th sees the grade three Tanabata Sho at Fukushima racecourse.
12 horses have been entered to the 2,000-meter race.


The post position with jockeys for the wide-open handicap race is:

1-Platinum Bullet, Tsubasa Iwasaki
2-Kinsho Yukihime, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata
4-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
5-Meiner Sage, Akihide Tsumura
6-Sable Or, Keita Tosaki
7-One Breath Away, Shu Ishibashi
8-Power Pocket, Teruo Eda
9-Birdie Eagle, Yoshitomi Shibata
10-Reiho Romance, Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Meiner Milano, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Silk Dreamer, Yukito Ishikawa


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Rieno Tesoro(USA) wins Sparking Lady C


Rieno Tesoro(USA), ridden by Hayato Yoshida, took a lead leaving the back stretch to win the NAR grade three Sparking Lady Cup at Kawasaki track on Thursday night. A 1/2-length behind, Oken Believe was second with Rabbit Run(USA) third and One Millionth fourth. Final time of the 1,600-meter dirt race was 1:40.8.
Rieno Tesoro(USA), trained at JRA Miho by R. Takei, who ended her losing streak to have the 5th victory in 14 starts, is a 4-year-old chestnut filly by Speightstown out of Akilina, by Langfuhr.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

2018 Sparking Lady Cup


13 horses have been entered to the NAR grade three Sparking Lady Cup for 3-year-olds and upwards fiilies and mares. JRA entries are Oken Believe, One Millionth, Rabbit Run(USA) and Reino Tesoro(USA).
The Sparking Lady Cup is run on Wednesday, July 5 at Kawasaki track.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Ares Barows rallies in CBC Sho


Ares Barows rallied on the outside to win the CBC Sho at Chukyo on Sunday. A 1/4-length behind, Nagara Flower took second with another 2/3-length back Second Table third.
Yuga Kawada steered the winner to cover the 1,200-meter distance in 1:07 on firm ground.
Ares Barows is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Deep Impact out of Taisei Etoile, by Tony Bin.

Meisho Tekkon takes Radio Nikkei


Meisho Tekkon held a good position to win the Radio Nikkei Sho at Fukushima on Sunday. Fierement came from dead last to finish second, a 1/2-length behind. Third was, another 3/4-length behind, Kibono Daichi. Meisho Tekkon, ridden by Kohei Matsuyama, completed the 1,800-meter trip in 1:46.1.
Meisho Tekkon, who has now won four of his seven races, is a 3-year-old brown colt by Manhattan Cafe out of A Shin Velocity, by Lemon Drop Kid.

Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 Radio Nikkei Sho


13 horses have been entered to the Radio Nikkei Sho for 3-year-olds at Fukushima racecourse on Sunday, July 1.
The leading contenders look to be : Meisho Tekkon, K T Clever, Fierement and Jetzt.


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

1-Lord Axis, Manabu Sakai
2-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Q Grader, Hironobu Tanabe
4-My Heartbeat, Yukito Ishikawa
5-K T Clever, Tetsuya Kobayashi
6-Fierement, Shu Ishibashi
7-Kibono Daichi, Keita Tasaki
8-Aim and End, Takuya Ono
9-Maltese Lumen, Miyabi Muto
10-Jetzt, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Shisei Hiten, Takuma Ito
12-Rhodolite, Junji Shimada
13-Glengarry, Akihide Tsumura

2018 CBC Sho


Sunday's main event at Chukyo will be the CBC Sho for 3-year-olds and upwards.

The possible leading players among the 18 entries are Second Table, Daimei Fuji, Once in a Moon, Peisha Felicita and Asakusa Genki(USA).

The post position with riders for the grade three 1,200-meter CBC Sho is:

1-Talking Drum, Fuma Matsuwaka
2-Tosho Piste, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Reve Moon, Kiwamu Ogino
4-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
5-Great Charter, Katsuma Sameshima
6-Active Minoru, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
8-Ares Barows, Yuga Kawada
9-Second Table, Yuya Mizuguchi
10-Nagara Flower, Ryo Takakura
11-Snow Dragon, Ryuji Wada
12-Daimei Fuji, Mirco Demuro
13-Narita Star One, Keisuke Dazai
14-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
15-Once in a Moon, Suguru Hamanaka
16-Peisha Felicita, Kosei Miura
17-Toshi the Kimi, Shogo Hatabata
18-Asakusa Genki(USA), Yutaka Take



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gold Dream wins Teio Sho


Gold Dream won the NAR Teio Sho in a ding-dong battle at Ohi track on Wednesday, June 27. Having dueled with  K T Brave in the last 200 meters, Christophe Lemaire-piloted Gold Dream put his neck in front at the wire. Sound True finished third, a 1 1/2-length behind second-placed K T Brave. Final time of the 2,000-meter dirt race was 2:04.2.
Gold Dream, trained at JRA Ritto by O. Hitara, who has now recorded the fourth grade one victory, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Gold Allure out of Mon Vert, by French Deputy.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Field of 2018 Teio Sho


A field is set for the NAR grade one Teio Sho to be run on Wednesday, June 27 at Ohi track. Among 15 entrants, JRA entries are K T Brave, Gold Dream, T M Jinsoku, Awardee(USA), Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Sound True and All Blush.


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

1-Grand Univers, Ryo Takamatsu
2-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Tosen Spunky, Kenta Endo
4-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
5-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Riccardo, Yukayuki Yano
7-Awardee(USA), Yutaka Take
8-Higashi Will Win, Taito Mori
9-Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Sound True, Takuya Ono
11-Neo Vermut, Hiroshi Chida
12-All Blush, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Sabuno Kurohyo, Tsubasa Sasagawa
14-Katsugeki Kito Kito, Masaaki Ohata
15-Asakusa Point, Soichi Kato

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mikki Rocket takes Takarazuka Kinen


Seventh favorite Mikki Rocket, taking behind the leading group early on, took a lead in the top stretch to win the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on Sunday. Before a neck victory, he had to deny challenge from Werther(NZ), the Hong Kong champion horse who showed a sensational stirde down the final stretch. Third was, a 3-length behind Werther, Noble Mars with another neck back Vivlos fourth. Veteran rider Ryuji Wada rode the winner to complete the 2,200-meter race in 2:11.6.
Trained by H. Otonashi and owned by M. Noda, Mikki Rocket has now won five of his 22 races with more than 362 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of Mikki Rocket, a 5-year-old bay horse by King Kamahameha out of Moneycanbuymelove, by Pivotal.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Field set for 2018 Takarazuka Kinen


A field of 16 is set to run in the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on Sunday, June 24.
Multiple grade one winner Satono Diamond, who misses a winner circle since March 2017 when winning the Hanshin Daishoten, drew post 3. Perform a Promise, winner of the Nikkei Sho, drew post 7. Danburite, seventh in the QE II Cup in Hong Kong two months ago, got post 8. Vivlos, having placed second in the Dubai Turf last March, drew post 10. Hong Kong-trained Werther(NZ) got post 13. Kiseki, winner of the Kikuka Sho last year, drew post 16.


The post position with riders for the grade one 2,200-meter race is:

1-Staphanos, Yasunari Iwata
2-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
3-Satono Diamond, Christophe Lemaire
4-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
5-Strong Titan(USA), Yuga Kawada
6-Albert, Kota Fujioka
7-Perform a Promise, Keita Tosaki
8-Danburite, Yutaka Take
9-Satono Crown, Shu Ishibashi
10-Vivlos, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Saimon Ramesses, Futoshi Komaki
12-Tatsu Gogeki, Shinichiro Akiyama
13-Werther(NZ), Hugh Bowman
14-Smart Layer, Kohei Matsuyama
15-Seewind, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Kiseki, Mirco Demuro




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2018 Takarazuka Kinen Nominations


A total of 16 horses have been nominated to the Takarazuka Kinen. The nominations include Satono Diamond, Kiseki, Vivlos, Danburite, Perform a Promise and Hong Kong-trained Werther(NZ).
The grade one Takarazuka Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 24 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Seiun Kosei wins Hakodate Sprint S


Seiun Kosei, having taken a sole lead before the turn, hung on to winning the Hakodate Sprint Stakes under Kenichi Ikezoe at Hakodate on Sunday. He won it in 1:07.6 by a nose from Hiruno Devaro. Another neck back, Nac Venus was third.
Seiun Kosei is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Admire Moon out of Observant, by Capote.

Le Vent Se Leve romps Unicorn S


Race favorite Le Vent Se Leve left the rivals behind at around 200 meters from home to win the Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday. A 3 1/2-length behind, Great Time was second with another head away Engrosser third. Mirco Demuro rode the winner to complete the 1,600-meter dirt race in 1:35.0.
Le Vent Se Leve, who has now won four of his five races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of Maestrale, by Neo Universe.

Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 Unicorn S


Tokyo hosts the dirt g3 Unicorn Stakes on Sunday, June 17.
The leading players among 16 entrants could be: Great Time, Grimm, Harvest Moon and Le Vent Se Leve.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter race is:
1-Seiun Cool Guy, Teruo Eda
2-Taisei Avenir, Takuya Ono
3-Prosperous Days, Keisuke Dazai
4-Tokino Pirates, Akihide Tsumura
5-Great Time, Christophe Lemaire
6-Hosho Now, Daichi Shibata
7-Grimm, Yuga Kawada
8-Harvest Moon, Keita Tosaki
9-Koma Bisho, Tomoharu Bushizawa
10-Bhailla, Ryuji Wada
11-Best My Way(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Engrosser, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
14-Le Vent Se Leve, Mirco Demuro
15-Danke Schon, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Mic Ben Hur, Nanako Fujita

2018 Hakodate Sprint


16 horses will go for the Hakodate Sprint Stakes at Hakodate on Sunday, June 17.
The possible leading contenders are Seiun Kosei, Diana Halo, Nac Venus, Once in a Moon and King Heart.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,200-meter Hakodate Sprint is:
1-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
3-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
4-Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Tamamo Brilliant, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Teehaff, Yusaku Kokubun
7-Nac Venus, Kosei Miura
8-Once in a Moon, Shu Ishibashi
9-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
10-Not Formal, Masaki Katsuura
11-Yukino Aiolos, Genki Maruyama
12-Epoisses, Masayoshi Ebina
13-King Heart, Hiroshi Kitamura
14-Admire God, Yasunari Iwata
15-Light Fairy, Yuichi Shibayama
16-Nobo Baccara, Miyabi Muto


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Harbin Mao wins Kanto Oaks


Harbin Mao, ridden by Masami Matsuoka, won the NAR grade two Kanto Oaks in 2:17/6 at Kawasaki over 2,100 meters on Wednesday night. She showed an explosive finishing kick to get past Gold Patek, who looked like a sure winner in the final stage. The two separated by a 3/4-length. Third was, another 4-length back, Crazy Accel.
Harbin Mao, trained at JRA Miho by E. Nakadate, is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Harbinger out of Dancing Mao, by Gold Allure.

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Kanto Oaks


A field of 13 horses have been entered to the NAR grade two Kanto Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. JRA entries are Harbin Mao, La La Primevere, Meisho Hisakata and Princess Nonko.
The Kanto Oaks will be run on Wednesday, June 13 at Kawasaki track.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Andriette mid-upset victory in Mermaid


Andriette, ridden by Kyosuke Kokubun, kept on running well on the inside, winning the Mermaid Stakes in 1:59.1 on 2,000-meter Hanshin course on Sunday. One Breath Away finished a neck behind the winner in second. Another 2-length back, Mieno Succeed was third. Andriette paid 1,710 yen for win as 10th favorite.
Andriette, who has now gained fourth career win, is a 6-year-old mare by Deep Impact out of Unabashed Charm, by Silver Deputy.

Satono Arthur takes Epsom C


Satono Arthur took a lead on the outside outside 200 meters from home to win the Epsom Cup at Tokyo on Sunday. A 1/2-length behind, Hakusan Rudolf finished second with another 3/4-length away Gruyeres third. Keita Tosaki guided the winner to complete the 1,800-meter race in 1:47.4.
Satono Arthur, who has now recored two wins this season, totally four wins in 11 career starts, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of King's Rose, by Redoute's Choice.

Friday, June 08, 2018

2018 Mermaid Stakes


Hanshin hosts the Mermaid Stakes for 3-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares on Sunday, June 10. A total of 15 horses have been entered to the grade three 2,000-meter race.
The possible leading players are Mirissa, Reiho Romance, Kinsho Yukihime, Eterna Minoru and Tosen Victory.


Post position with riders:

1-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
2-Lunation, Kiwamu Ogino
3-Andriette, Kyosuke Kokubun
4-Mirissa, Yasunari Iwata
5-Reiho Romance, Tsubasa Iwasaki
6-Kinsho Yukihime, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Eterna Minoru, Ryuji Wada
8-Stillwater, Kenji Kawamata
9-T S Cry, Tomoaki Takenoshita
10-Vafuram, Akatsuki Tomita
11-Argente, Manabu Sakai
12-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
13-Emanon, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Tosen Victory, Suguru Hamanaka
15-Phase Velocity, Yuichi Kitamura




2018 Epsom Cup


This Sunday sees the Epsom Cup for 3-year-olds and upwards at Tokyo. The leading contenders among the 16 entrants could be: Gruyeres, Sable Or, Daiwa Cagney and Satono Arthur.


The post position with jockeys for the grade three 1,800-meter event is:

1-Black Spinel, Yukito Ishikawa
2-Bell Canyon, Shu Ishibashi
3-Air Anthem, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Tosen Matakoiya, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Gruyeres, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Hakusan Rudolf, Yuga Kawada
7-Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata
8-Sable Or, Christophe Lemaire
9-Smart Odin, Yutaka Take
10-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Shiny Prince, Masaki Katsuura
12-Meiner Milano, Yuji Tannai
13-A Day in the Life, Hiroshi Kitamura
14-Birdie Eagle, Kosei Miura
15-Gold Cerberus, Takuya Ono
16-Satono Arthur, Keita Tosaki

T O Helios(USA) gains first grade victory in Hokkaido Sprint


T O Helios(USA) produced a strong finishing kick on the inside, winning the Hokkaido Sprint Cup in 1:12.9 at Mombetsu track over 1,200 meters on Thursday night. Suguru Hamanaka-steered T O Helios beat Love Bullet by a neck with another head back Snow Dragon third.
T O Helios, trained at JRA Ritto by T. Umeda and bred in US by Yanagawa Stud LTD., is a 6-year-old bay horse by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Reagle Mary, by Afternoon Deelites.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

2018 Hokkaido Sprint


A toal of 16 horses have been entered to the NAR grade three Hokkaio Sprint Cup for 3yo+.
JRA entries are Copano Mickael, Nishiken Mononofu, Snow Dragon and T O Helios(USA).
The Hokkaido Sprint will be run on Thursday night at Mombetsu track.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Mozu Ascot(USA) takes Yasuda Kinen


Having finished second in the Azuchijo Stakes last week, Mozu Ascot(USA) won the Yasuda Kinen under Christophe Lemaire at Tokyo on Sunday. Lemaire forced Mozu Ascot to take a passage between Aerolithe and Suave Richard, getting up to the winning post in an excellent time of 1:31.3. A neck behind, Aerolithe finished second with another 3/4-length back Suave Richard third.
It was the first grade glory and his fifth victory Mozu Ascot in 11 starts with more than 221 million jpn yen in career earnings. Y. Yahagi and Capital System Co. Ltd. trains and owns the colt respectively. Bred in US by Summer Wind Farm, Mozu Ascot is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Frakel out of India, by Hennessy.
 

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Strong Titan(USA) wins Naruo in record time


Strong Tital(USA) rushed on the rails down the deep stretch to win the Naruo Kinen at Hanshin on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Triomphe was second with another 2 1/2-length back Tricolore Bleu third. Mirco Demuro rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter trip in the course record of 1:57.2.
Strong Titan(USA), bred in US by Northern Racing, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Regal Ransom out of  Titan Queen, by Tiznow.

Friday, June 01, 2018

2018 Naruo Kinen


Saturday's main event at Hanshin will be the Naruo Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards.
The possible leading conteders among 11 entrants are: Triomphe, Tricolore Bleu, Maltese Apogee and  Satono Noblesse.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 2,000-meter race is:
1-Yamakatsu Raiden, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Triomphe, Christophe Lemaire
3-Mondo Intero, Yukito Ishikawa
4-T M Inazuma, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5-Tricolore Bleu, Yasunari Iwata
6-Maltese Apogee, Yutaka Take
7-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
8-Strong Titan(USA), Mirco Demuro
9-Tatsu Gogeki, Shinichiro Akiyama
10-Strange Quark, Suguru Hamanaka
11-Satono Noblesse, Yuga Kawada

Field of 2018 Yasuda Kinen


A field has been drawn for the Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday, June 3.
Suave Richard has shown excellent form of run this season with a couple of grade victories. Grade one Osaka Hai victory was his latest effort. He drew post 1. Persian Knight, winner of last year's Mile Championship, switches back to a 1,600-meter distance that is at his best. He drew post 5.
Real Steel, who makes his only second start of the season after finishing second in the Dubai Turf, drew post 11. Lys Gracieux, one of the best fillies in her generation, having finished second in the Victoria Mile last outing, had post 14. Grade two Milers Cup winner Sungrazer had post 15. Hong Kong-trained Western Express(AUS) drew post 7.

The post position with riders for the grade one 1,600-meter event is:
1-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
2-Satono Ares, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Dashing Blaze(USA), Hiroshi Kitamur
4-Aerolithe, Keita Tosaki
5-Persian Knight, Yuga Kawada
6-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
7-Western Express(AUS), Samuel Clipperton
8-Campbell Junior(AUS), Shu Ishibashi
9-Red Falx, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
11-Real Steel, Yasunari Iwata
12-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
13-Black Moon, Shinichiro Akiyama
14-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
15-Sungrazer, Yuichi Fukunaga
16-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Success Energy wins Sakitama Hai in photo finish


Success Energy won the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai by a nose from Kitasan Mikazuki with another 4-length back Ensemble Life third. In the last 100 meters, Success Energy and Kitasan Mikazuki had an exciting neck-to-neck battle.
Kohei Matsuyam was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter race in 1:26.2.
Success Energy, trained at JRA Ritto by Y. Kitade, is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by Kinshasa no Kiseki out of Success Ai Ni, by Jungle Pocket.

2018 Yasuda Kinen Nominations


A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the Yasuda Kinen. The nominations include Lys Gracieux, Persian Knight, Real Steel, Suave Richard, Sungrazer and Hong Kong-trained Western Express(AUS).
The grade one Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 3 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 Sakitama Hai


12 horses have been entered to the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai for 4-year-olds and upwards. JRA entries are Best Warrior(USA), Graceful Leap, Nero and Success Energy.
The Sakitama Hai will be run on Wednesday, May 30 at Urawa track over 1,400 meters on dirt.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Win Tenderness takes Meguro Kinen


Win Tenderness, ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, squeezed between horses in the late stage to win the Meguro Kinen in 2:29.7 over 2,500 meters on Tokyo turf course on Sunday.
A 3/4-length behind, Noble Mars finished second with another head away Perform a Promise third.
Win Tenderness is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Company out of Moere Merci, by Magic Miles.

Wagnerian gives Fukunaga first Derby win


Yuichi Fukunaga finally achieved his long-time ambition at his 19th Derby ride as he guided Wagnerian to win the 2,400-meter Japanese Derby in 2:23.6 at Tokyo on Sunday.
Epoca d'Oro finished a 1/2-length behind the winner in second. Another neck back, Cosmic Force was third with Etario fourth and Blast Onepiece fifth.
Inside 200 meters out, Epoca d'Oro continued to run well at a leading position. But Wagnerian really quickened on the outside from that stage. Fukunaga's challenge just prevailed.
 Trained by Y. Tomomichi and owned by Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co.Ltd., Wagnerian has now won four in six starts with more than 306 million jpn yen in earnings.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc. was the breeder of Wagnerian, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Miss Encore, by King Kamehameha.

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 Meguro Kinen


The grade two Megor Kinen for 4-year-olds and upward will be run as a final race on Sunday's Tokyo meeting.
The leading conteders could be: Seewind, Perform a Promise, Chestnut Coat, Fame Game and Popocatepetl.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,500-meter handicap race is:
1-Ho O Dream, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Seewind, Keita Tosaki
3-Win Tenderness, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
5-Sounds of Earth, Hugh Bowman
6-Vosges, Kota Fujioka
7-Happy Moment, Kosei Miura
8-Perform a Promise, Mirco Demuro
9-Bright Barows, Shu Ishibashi
10-Chestnut Coat, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Toshin Monstera, Genki Maruyama
13-Koki Chosan, Yukito Ishikawa
14-Fame Game, Christophe Lemaire
15-Ridge Man, Masami Matsuoka
16-Popocatepetl, Yuga Kawada



Field set for 2018 Japanese Derby


A field has been drawn for the Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby).
Danon Premium, an undefeated colt who skipped the Satsuki Sho due to leg injury, drew post 1. Mainichi Hai winner Blast Onepiece, who achieve three straight win without flop, drew post 8. Epoca d'Oro, having won the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) in impressive fashion, had post 12. Horses who are like to bounce back from an undesired result are Kitano Commandeur(post 5), Stelvio(post 15) and Wagnerian(post 17).

The post position with riders for the 2,400-meter Derby, run on Sunday, May 27 at Tokyo, is:
1-Danon Premium, Yuga Kawada
2-Time Flyer, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-T O Energy, Kota Fujioka
4-Admire Alba, Genki Maruyama
5-Kitano Commandeur, Mirco Demuro
6-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
7-Cosmic Force, Shu Ishibashi
8-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Stay Foolish, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
12-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
13-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
14-Etario, Hugh Bowman
15-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
16-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
17-Wagnerian, Yuichi Fukunaga
18-Sans Rival, Suguru Hamanaka

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Japanese Derby nominations


A total of 21 remains on the final nomination stage of the Tokyo Yushun known as the Japanese Derby.
The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Danon Premium, Epoca d'Oro, Kitano Commandeur, Stelvio and Wagnerian.
The Japanese Derby will be run on Sunday, May 27 at Tokyo Race Course.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Almond Eye romps home in Oaks to make filly double


Almond Eye made a Oka Sho-Oaks double when she won the Japanese Oaks at Tokyo on Sunday.
Christophe Lemaire on Almond Eye, the favorite in a reduced field of 17, took a good position, sixth place, early on, while Sayakachan, far up front, set the pace. After the field entered the homestretch, Almond Eye was moving up. Within 200 meters to go, she got past Lily Noble on her way to winning the 2,400-meter classic race in 2:23.8 on firm ground. Lily Noble finished a 1 3/4-length behind the winner in second with another 1 3/4-length away Lucky Lilac third.
Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. LTD., has now won four in five starts with more than 313 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out of Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunrise Soar wire-to-wire victory in Heian


Sunrise Soar was never behind in the 1,900-meter dirt trip to win the Heian Stakes in 1:57.3 under Mirco Demuro at Kyoto on Saturday. Second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Queen Mambo with another nose back Queen's Saturn third.
Sunrise Soar, who has now won five of his 17 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Symboli Kris S out of Amelia, by Special Week.

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Heian Stakes


The Heian Stakes, a grade three dirt race, will be run on Saturday, May 19 at Kyoto Race Course.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entries are: Mitsuba, T M Jinsoku, Great Pearl and Sunrise Soar.


The post position with jockeys for the 1,900-meter Heian Stakes is:

1-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
3-Kurino Star O, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Sammaru Duke, Tomoharu Bushizawa
5-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
7-Asukano Roman, K-eisuke Dazai
8-Meisho Sumitomo, Ryuji Wada
9-Sunrise Soar, Mirco Demuro
10-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
11-Princia Cometa, Yasunari Iwata
12-Meisho Utage, Yutaka Take
13-Namura Arashi, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Queen Mambo, Christophe Lemaire
15-Top Divo, Katsuharu Tanaka
16-My Tity, Tsubasa Iwasaki




Thursday, May 17, 2018

Field set for 2018 Japanese Oaks


A field of 18 horses is set to run in the 79th Japanese Oaks at Tokyo on Sunday, May 20.
Almond Eye, who showed a sensational finishing kick when winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) last outing, drew post 13. Lucky Lilac, whose first loss came at the Oka Sho in which she finished second, drew post 2. Grade two Flora Stakes winner Satono Walkure, who faces top filly company for the first time, had post 8. Lily Noble, having put her name on the board at the top level in several occasions, breaks from post 1. Mau Lea, fifth in the Oka Sho, drew post 3.

The post position with riders for the 2,400-meter filly classic is:   
1-Lily Noble, Yuga Kawada
2-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
3-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
4-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Cantabile, Hironobu Tanabe
6-All for Love, Ryuji Wada
7-Toho Artemis, Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Satono Walkure, Mirco Demuro
9-Sister Flag, Yasunari Iwata
10-Red Sakuya, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Pioneer Bio, Hiroshi Kitamura
12-Sayakachan, Masami Matsuoka
13-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
14-Randonness(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
15-Usubenino Kimi, Kosei Miura
16-Win Lanakila, Takuya Ono
17-Rosa Glauca, Keita Tosaki
18-Ohana, Kota Fujioka


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

20 nominations for 2018 Japanese Oaks


A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Japanese Oaks, the second filly classics of the year. The nominations include Almond Eye, Lily Noble, Lucky Lilac, Mau Lea and Satono Walkure.
The Oaks will be run on Sunday, May 20 at Tokyo Race Course.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jour Polaire wins Victoria Mile in photo finish


The Victoria Mile was won in a thrilling finish on Sunday, May 13 at Tokyo by Jour Polaire, who went into front in the very final stage to win the 1,600 meters under Hideaki Miyuki in 1:32.3 on good ground. Race favorite Lys Gracieux challenged, but was a nose short of winning. Another neck behid, Red Avancer was third with Aerolithe fourth and Miss Panthere fifth.
Jour Polaire, trained by M. Nishizono and owned by G1 Racing Co. Ltd., has now won six of her 14 races with more than 224 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shadai Corporation Inc. was the breeder of Jour Polaire, a 5-year-old bay mare by Deep Impact out of Summer Night City, by Helissio.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Moonquake wins Keio Hai Spring C in record time


Moonquake came from behind to win the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup in record time of 1:19.5 at the Tokyo 1,400 meters on turf. He finished a head ahead of Campbell Junior(AUS) with another nose back Satono Ares third. The winning rider was Christophe Lemaire.
Front runners Tosho Piste and Rhein Spirit hooked up in the early stage. That set up nicely for late runners Moonquake, Campbell Junior(AUS) and Satono Ares, who finished first three at the wire.
Moonquake, who has now won six of his 12 races, is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by Admire Moon out of Rich Daucer, by Halling.

Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 Keio Hai Spring C


Tokyo Racecourse hosts the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup as a main event on Saturday meeting.
The possible main contenders are: Satono Ares, Greater London, Seiun Kosei and Dance Director.


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

1-Satono Ares, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Tosho Piste, Katsuura Tanaka
3-Admire God, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
5-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
6-Greater London, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Eye Line, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Reliable Ace, Keita Tosaki
9-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
10-Seiun Kosei, Kosei Miura
11-Shuji, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-Theodore, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Daimei Fuji, Kohei Matsuyama
14-Vip Lively, Takuya Ono
15-Dance Director, Yutaka Take
16-Nobo Baccara, Miyabi Muto
17-Campbell Junior(AUS), Shu Ishibashi
18-Fiano Romano(AUS), Yuga Kawada





Field of 2018 Victoria Mile


A field of 18 fillies and mares is set to run in the grade one Victoria Mile at Tokyo on Sunday.
Let's Go Donki, runner-up in the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 1. Miss Panthere, coming off victory in the g2 Hanshin Himba Stakes, drew post 2. Aerolithe, who finished a good second in the g2 Nakayama Kinen behind Win Bright last outing, drew post 10. Admire Lead, fourth in the Hanshin Himba Stakes, had post 11. Lys Gracieux, having won the g3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai before finishing second in the Hanshin Himba Stakes, drew post 16.


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

1-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
2-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Rabbit Run(USA), Yuga Kawada
4-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
6-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Kawakita Enka, Takuya Ono
8-Queen's Milagro, Kota Fujioka
9-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
10-Aerolithe, Keita Tosaki
11-Admire Lead, Mirco Demuro
12-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
13-One to One, Yusuke Fujioka
14-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
15-Dea Regalo, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
17-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
18-Maids of Honour, Yuichi Fukunaga

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

2018 Victoria Mile Nominations


A total of 18 fillies and mares have been nominated to the Victoria Mile. The nomonations include Admire Lead, Aerolithe, Let's Go Donki, Lys Gracieux and Miss Panthere.
The Victoria Mile will be run on Sunday, May 13 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Suzuka Devious wins Niigata Daishoten


The grade three Niigata Daishoten was won on Sunday by Suzuka Devious, who got into front in the mid-stretch and beat Stay in Seattle by a 3/4-length. Another 3/4-length behind, Nasuno Seikan was third. Kosei Miura rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes flat.
Suzuka Devious, who has now won his first grade glory, is a 7-year-old dark bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Suzuka Laurent, by Sunday Silence.

Keiai Nautique rallies in NHK Mile C


Keian Nautique, held by Yusuke Fujioka at second to last early on, made up ground in the stretch to win the grade one NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. He won the 1,600-meter race in 1:32.8, finishing a neck ahead of Gibeon with another head away Red Veyron third. Fourth was, another 3/4-length back, Mr Melody(USA) followed by Ryono Tesoro(USA), a neck behind.
Keiai Nautique, trained by O. Hirata and owned by K. Kameda, has now won three of his seven races with more than 169 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Queens Ranch Ltd., the bay 3-year-old colt is by Deep Impact out of Keiai Gerbera, by Smarty Jones.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Stay Foolish takes Kyoto Shimbun


Stay Foolish, second in the early pace, took a lead in the upper stretch to win the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai at Kyoto on Saturday. The Stay Gold bay colt won the 2,200-meters 2minutes 11 seconds by a 1 3/4-length from Admire Alba. Another nose back, Chardonnay Gold finished third. The winning was Yusuke Fujioka.
Stay Foolish,  who has now won two of his four races, is out of Kauai Lane, by King Kamehameha.

Friday, May 04, 2018

2018 Kyoto Shimbun Hai


Kyoto Racecourse features the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai for 3-year-olds on Saturday.
The leading players could be: Franz, Glory Vase, Tanino Frankel(IRE) Chardonnay Gold.

The post position with riders for the 2,200-meter turf race is:
1-Franz, Mirco Demuro
2-Glory Vase, Suguru Hamanaka
3-Renovar, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Richebourg, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Hideaki Miyuki
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-K T Clever, Hirofumi Shii
8-Admire Alba, Yasunari Iwata
9-Lord Axis, Manabu Sakai
10-Rey Esplendor, Kota
11-Alm Forza, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-You Can Smile, Takuma Ogino
13-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
14-R Star, Fuma Matsuwaka
15-Chardonnay Gold, Hugh Bowman
16-Double Sharp, Ryuji Wada
17-Intersection, Kiwamu Ogino



2018 Niigata Daishoten


Sunday' main event at Niigata Racecourse will be the grade three Niigata Daishoten.
The possible leading contenders are: Suzuka Devious, Triomphe, My Style and Staphanos.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,000-meter turf race is:
1-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
2-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
3-Kento O, Yukito Ishikawa
4-Shiny Prince, Masaki Katsuura
5-Tosen Matakoiya, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-Rhein Ruf, Kazuma Mori
7-Curren Last Show, Kiwamu Ogino
8-Hakusan Rudolf, Kyosuke Maruta
9-Night of Knights, Akihide Tsumura
10-Triomphe, Daisaku Matsuda
11-Happy Yunibansu, Takashi Fujikake
12-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Staphanos, Ryuji Wada
14-Stay in Seattle, Shinichiro Akiyama
15-Rock a Hula Baby, Makoto Sugihara
16-Outliers, Takeshi Yokoyama


Field of 2018 NHK Mile Cup


A total of 18 three-year-old horses have been entered to the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo on Sunday.
Tetradrachm, winner of the grade three Daily Hai Queen Cup, got post 3. Grade three Arlington Cup winner Tower of London drew post 7. Gibeon, runner-up in the grade three Mainichi Hai, had post 9. Keiai Nautique, second finisher in the grade two NZ Trophy, got post 11.
The post position with riders for the grade one 1,600-meter race is:
1-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Fast Approach, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Tetradrachm, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Frontier, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Primo Scene, Keita Tosaki
6-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
7-Tower of London, Christophe Lemaire
8-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Gibeon, Mirco Demuro
10-Pax Americana, Yuga Kawada
11-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
12-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
13-Lucas, Hugh Bowman
14-Delta Barows(USA), Shu Ishibashi
15-Cassius, Suguru Hamanaka
16-Mr Melody(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Red Veyron, Yasunari Iwata
18-Rock This Town, Kenichi Ikezoe


Thursday, May 03, 2018

T O Energy romps Hyogo Championship


Having taken a good position early on, Yasunari Iwata-steered T O Enegry won the NAR grade two Hyogo Championship at the 1,870-meter Sonoda track on Thursday. He finished a decisive 5-length ahead of Big Smoky, coming cross the wire in 2 minutes flat. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Cavendish was third.
T O Energy, trained at JRA Ritto by T. MIya, whose career record has now improved to 5-3-1-1, is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Kane Hikili out of Silky Craft, by Crafty Prospector.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Nominations for 2018 NHK Mile Cup


A total of 22 horses have been nominated to the grade one NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds. The nominations include Gibeon, Keiai Nautique, Tetradrachm and Towe of London.
The NHK Mile Cup will be run on Sunday, May 6 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Gold Dream wins Kashiwa Kinen


Gold Dream, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, got past All Blush Incantation in the deep stretch to win the NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen at Funabashi track on Wednesday night. He won by a length over All Blush with another head away Incantation third. Final time of the 1,600 meters on dirt was 1:39.2.
Gold Dream, a 5-year-old horse by Gold Allure out of Mon Vert, by French Deputy, trained at JRA Ritto by O. Hirata, has now gained the third grade one race.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

2018 Hyogo Championship


11 three-year-olds have been entered to the NAR grade two Hyogo Championship at Sonoda track  over 1,870 meters on dirt on Thursday, May 3. JRA entries are Work and Love, Big Smoky, Cavendish, Meisho Hisakata and T O Energy.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Kashiwa Kinen


The NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen will be run on Wednesday, May 2 at Funabashi track.
12 horses have been entered to the 1,600-meter race. JRA entries are All Blush, Moanin(USA), Gold Dream, Best Warrior(USA), Incantation and Nonkono Yume.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one race is:
1-Mikki Hennessy, Jukiya Takigawa
2-Grand Univers, Masashige Honda
3-All Blush, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Moanin(USA), Ryuji Wada
5-Higashi Will Win, Taito Mori
6-Castle Crown, Shun Ishiaki
7-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
8-Cheddar, Tatsuya Watanabe
9-Best Warrior(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Sossusvlei, Takehiro Kashiwagi
11-Incantation, Kosei Miura
12-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida


Success Energy takes Kakitsubata


Success Energy took a good position to win the NAR grade three Kakitsubata Kinen in 1:25.9 at Nagoya on Monday. Kohei Matsuyama on Success Energy took a lead on the final bend and hung on to win by a 3/4-length from King's Guard. Another neck back, Sunrise Majoy was third.
Success Energy, trained at JRA Ritto by Y. Kitade, is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by Kinshasa no Kiseki out of Success Ai Ni, by Jungle Pocket.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 Kakitsubata Kinen


The NAR grade three Kakitsubata Kinen will be run on Monday, April 30 at Nagoya track. A total of 12 horses will run in the 1,400-meter dirt race. JRA entries are Copano Charlie, King's Guard, Success Energy, Rose Princedom and Sunrise Major.


Rainbow Line finally gains g1 victory in Tenno Sho Spring


Rainbow Lie finally achieved the grade one victory in his 10th try as he won the Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday.
Cheval Grand took a lead in the upper stretch while Rainbow Line, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, was far behind in the crowd. From there, Rainbow Line squeezed between horses on the middle to get his neck in front at the wire. Cheval Grand was second, a 1/2-length ahead of Clincher.
The race over 3,200 meteres on turf was run in 3:16.1.
Right after the race, Iwata got off from Rainbow Line, who got hurt on his right front leg. The trailer carried him later.
Rainbow Line, trained by H. Asami and owned by M. Mita, has now won five of his 22 races with more than 450 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern  Racing was the breeder of Rainbow Line, a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Regenbogen, by French Deputy.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Go for the Summit romps home in Aoba Sho


Go for the Summit with Masayoshi Ebina up drew away from the rest on his way to winning the Aoba Sho at Tokyo on Saturday. The 3-year-old dark bay colt got the wire in 2:24.4, finishing a 2-length ahead of Etario with another nose back Super Feather third.
Go for the Summit, who has now won three of his six races, is a son of Heart's Cry and Luxury, by Storm Cat.

Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Aoba Sho


A total of 18 three-year-olds will contend in the grade two TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, one of the major preps for the upcoming Japanese Derby, at Tokyo on Saturday, April 28.
The leading contenders could be: Obsession, who had won two straight before finishing seventh in the Yayoi Sho; Azalea Sho winner Super Feather; kanakura Sho winner Danon Majesty and Satono Saltus, runner-up in the g3 Kyodo News Hai.


The post position with jockeys for the 2,400-meter event is:

1-Kafuji Vanguard, Yoshihiro Furukawa
2-Yusei Flash, Kosei Miura
3-Suzuka Teio, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Double Flat, Keita Tosaki
5-Meiner Saluer, Masami Matsuoka
6-Deep in Love, Yasunari Iwata
7-Mikki Position, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Obsession, Christophe Lemaire
9-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Super Feather, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Trust Kenshin, Daichi Shibata
12-Danon Majesty, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Nostradamus, Ryuji Wada
14-Tetrarchia, Yoshitomi Shibata
15-Etario, Shu Ishibashi
16-Credible, Takuya Ono
17-Montegrosso, Hiroshi Kitamura
18-Satono Saltus, Mirco Demuro



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Field set for 2018 Tenno Sho Spring


A field of 17 horses is set to run in the Tenno Sho Spring.
Ganko, winner of the g2 Nikkei Sho March 24, drew post 6. Clincher, having won the Kyoto Kinen before finishing third in the Hanshin Daishoten last month, drew post 8. Satono Chronicle, runner-up in the Hanshin Daishoten, drew post 10. Last year's Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand drew post 11. Hanshin Daishoten winner Rainbow Line drew post 12.
The grade one 3,200-meter race will be run on April 29 at Kyoto Racecourse.


The post position with riders for the Tenno Sho Spring is:

1-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
2-Chestnut Coat, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Shiho, Suguru Hamanaka
4-Curren Mirotic, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Yamakatsu Raiden, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Ping Pong, Hokuto Miyazaki
8-Clincher, Kosei Miura
9-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Satono Chronicle, Yuga Kawada
11-Cheval Grand, Hugh Bowman
12-Rainbow Line, Yasunari Iwata
13-Toshin Monstera,  Kyosuke Kokubun
14-Albert, Christophe Lemaire
15-Tosen Basil, Mirco Demuro
16-Smart Layer, Hirofumi Shii
17-Tomiken Slava, Shinichiro Akiyama


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Tenno Sho Spring nominations


A total of 17 horses have been nominated to the Tenno Sho Spring(g1). The nominations include
Cheval Grand, Clincher, Ganko, Rainbow Line and Satono Chronicle.
The traditional race will be run on Sunday, April 29 at Kyoto Racecourse.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sungrazer wins Milers Cup in record time


Sungrazer, ridden by Yuichi Fukunaga, came down on the final stretch with a strong finishing kick to win the Milers Cup at Kyoto on Sunday. A 1 1/4-length behind, Moze Ascot(USA) got second with another 1/2-length back Air Spinel third. The 1,600-meter race on frim ground was the course record of 1:31.3.
Sungrazer, who has now won six of his 13 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Mantis Hunt, by Deputy Minister.

Satono Walkure finishes from last to first in Flora S


Satono Walkure, trailing at dead last early on, rallied in the home stretch to win the Flora Stakes by a neck at Tokyo on Sunday. Pioneer Bio finished a neck ahead of Normcore in second. Mirco Demuro was aboard the winner with final time of 1:59.5 for the 2,000 meters on turf.
Satono Walkure, whose career record has now improved to 4-3-0-1, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Here to Win, by Roi Normand.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fukushima Himba S: Kinsho Yukihime gets up in time


Kinsho Yukihime picked up her first grade victory as she won the Fukushima Kinen by coming from behind at Fukushima Racecourse on Saturday. A neck behind, Kawakita Enka was second with another neck away Denko Ange third. Shinichiro Akiyama rode the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1:46.8 on firm ground.
Kinsho Yukihime is a 5-year-old grey mare by Meisho Samson out of Apple Tea, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Fukushima Himba Stakes


Saturday, April 21 sees the grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes for 4yo+ filles and mares at Fukushima Racecourse.
The leading contenders look to be: Reiho Romance, Kawakita Enka, Tosen Victory and Denko Ange.
The field for the 1,800-meter turf race is:

1-Salsa Dione, Genki Maruyama
2-Bear in Mind, Yuji Hishida
3-Reiho Romance, Tsubasa Iwasaki
4-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Tosen Victory, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Gekkako, Yuji Tannai
7-Kinsho Yukihime, Shinichiro Akiyama
8-Not Formal, Hiroto Mayuzumi
9-Black Onyx, Hayato Yoshida
10-Rock a Hula Baby, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
12-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina

2018 Milers Cup


Sunday's main evet at Kyoto Racecourse will be the grade two Yomiuri Milers Cup for 4yo+.
Air Spinel, Sungrazer, Logi Cry and Mozu Ascot(USA) are likely to be leading contenders.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter race is:
1-Young Man Power, Yasunari Iwata
2-Garibaldi, Ryuji Wada
3-Bell Canyon, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Air Spinel, Yutaka Take
5-Sungrazer, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Moon Crest, Daisaku Matsuda
7-Dashing Blaze(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
8-Logi Cry, Yuga Kawada
9-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
10-Black Moon, Shinichiro Akiyama
11-Peak Tram, Futoshi Komaki
12-T M Inazuma, Hirofumi Shii
13-Cadenas, Hideaki Miyuki
14-Guanciale, Yoshihiro Furukawa

2018 Flora Stakes


The Flora Stakes, one of the major preps for the Japanese Oaks, will be run on Sunday, April 22 at Tokyo Racecourse.
The leading contenders among 16 entrants could be: Salacia, Satono Walkure, Ohana, Red Belle Rose and Normcore.
The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,000-meter race is:

1-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Oscar Ruby, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Usubenino Kimi, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Satono Walkure, Mirco Demuro
5-Noble Cullinan, Kota Fujioka
6-Fast Life, Takuya Ono
7-Dusseldorf, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Love Love Love, Masami Matsuoka
9-High Heel, Tomoharu Bushizawa
10-Ohana, Shu Ishibashi
11-Casa del Cielo, Yuichi Kitamura
12-Red Belle Rose, Kosei Miura
13-Veronica Grace, Daichi Shibata
14-Dear Girasol, Miyabi Muto
15-Pioneer Bio, Yoshitomi Shibata
16-Normcore, Keita Tosaki

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Graceful Leap wire-to-wire victory in Tokyo Sprint


Graceful Leap, ridden by Yutaka Take, was never behind in the 1,200-meter trip, winning the NAR grade three Tokyo Sprint at Ohi on Wednesday night. A 1 1/2-length behind, Kitasan Mikazuki was second with another 1/2-length away Nero third. The winner got past the wire in 1:11.8.
Gracefule Leap, trained at JRA Ritto by S. Hashiguchi, is a 8-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Rabbit Foot, by Seeking the Gold.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 NAR g3 Tokyo Sprint


The g3 Tokyo Sprint will be run on Wednesday, April 18 at Ohi track. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the 1,200-meter dirt race. The entrants include five JRA horses: Graceful Leap, Nishiken Mononofu, Nero, Snow Dragon and Win Oscar.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Great Pearl takes Antares S


Greast Pearl made a big effort in the last 50 meters to win the Antares Stakes at Hanshin on Sunday. Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Mitsuba with another 1/2-length away Qeen's Saturn third.
Yuga Kawada rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter distance in 1:49.8 on dirt surface.
Great Pearl, who has now gained six straight win, is a 5-year-old bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Fortune Word, by Dehere.

Epoca d'Oro romps home in Satsuki Sho


In the hands of Keita Tosaki, Epoca d'Oro performed with a brilliant finishing speed, winning the Satsuki Sho at Nakayama on Sunday.
Epoca d'Oro ran fourth, a head of the big pack of horses, in the early race. Far up front, Aithon set the pace followed by Generale Uno and Jun Valerot. In the stretch, the first three were weakening, while Epoca d'Oro advanced swiftly. With about 100 meters to go, Epoca d'Oro took a lead and flashed past the post in 2:00.8. Sans Rival came from far behind to finish second, a 2-length behind. Another 1 3/4-length back, Generale Uno hung on to finish third followed by Stelvio fourth and Kitano Commandeur fifth.
Epoca d'Oro, trained by H.Fujiwara and owned by K.Hidaka Breeders Union, has now won three of his five races with more than 174 million jpn yen in career earnings.
T. Tagami was the breeder of Epoca d'Oro, a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Orfevre out of Daiwa Passion, by Forty Niner.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tower of London rallies in Arlington C


Tower of London, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, put up with a great finishing kick to win the Arlington Cup at Hanshin on Saturday. He was a clear winner of the 1,600-meter race in 1:33.4. A 1/2-length behind, Pax Americana finished second with another 1/2-length away Red Veyron third.
Tower of London was looking for a clear passage in the upper stretch, but he began to flash past his rivals in the rest of the way as soon as he found a room.
Tower of London, whose career record improved to 6-4-1-1, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Raven's Pass out of Snow Pine, by Dalakhani.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Antares Stakes


A main event at Sunday's Hanshin will be the grade three Antares Stakes. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the 1,800-meter race on dirt surface.
The possibly main casts will be Namura Arashi, London Town, Asuan Roman and Yuranoto.

The post position with jockeys is:
1-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
2-Namura Arashi, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Dia del Rey, Masaki Katsuura
4-Meisho Utage, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Top Divo, Norihiro Yokoyama
6-My Tity, Tsubasa Iwasaki
7-London Town, Masami Matsuoka
8-Altair, Ryoya Kozaki
9-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
10-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
11-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12-Yuranoto, Kota Fujioka
13-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
14-Mondo Intero, Kenichi Ikezoe
15-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
16-Meiner Basara, Fuma Matsuwaka

2018 Arilington Cup


The grade three Arlington Cup for 3-year-olds will be run on Saturday, April 14 at Hanshin.
The main contenders among the 13 entrants could be: Pax Americana, Indy Champ and Air Almas(USA).

The post position wirh riders for the 1,600-meter race is:
1-Pax Americana, Yuga Kawada
2-Indy Champ, Yasunari Iwata
3-Ryuno Yukina, Fuyuki Igarashi
4-Love Kampf, Kohei Matsuyama
5-Peace Universe, Yutaka Take
6-Tower of London, Christophe Lemaire
7-Aria, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Il Lume, Daisaku Matsuda
9-Water Parfait, Manabu Sakai
10-Air Almas(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Red Veyron, Mirco Demuro
12-Russet, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura


Field of 2018 Satsuki Sho


A field is set to run in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) to be run on Sunday, April 15 at Nakayama.
Grade one Hopeful Stakes winner Time Flyer, coming off fifth in the Wakaba Sho, drew post 1.
Wagnerian, who won three straight in a row before finishing second in the grade two Yayoi Sho behind Danon Premium, drew post 2.  Kitano Commandeur, undefeated in two starts, drew post 5. Wakaba Stakes winner Aithon drew post 6. Oken Moon, winner of the grade three Kyodo News Hai, drew post 9. Stelvio, winner of the grade two Spring Stakes, drew post 15.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 2,000-meter race is:
1-Time Flyer, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
4-Three Helios, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Kitano Commandeur, Mirco Demuro
6-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun
7-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
8-K T Clever, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Meiner Fanrong, Daichi Shibata
12-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
13-Double Sharp, Ryuji Wada
14-Sans Rival, Yusuke Fujioka
15-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
16-Jun Valerot, Takuya Ono

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Marine Cup result


The NAR grade three Marine Cup for fillies and mares was on Wednesday night at Funabashi track won by Ange Desir, who was never behind with final of 1:41.2 for the 1,600-meter travel. A 3/4-length behind, Queen Mambo finished second with another neck away Yamanin Imprime third. Norihiro Yokoyama rode the winner.
Ange Desir, trained at JRA Ritto by M.Kon, is a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tickle Pink, by French Deputy.

2018 Satsuki Sho Nomination


A total of 17 horses have been nominated to the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) to be run on Sunday, April 15 at Nakayama.
Danon Premium, the possible favorite for the Satsuki Sho, is among the nomination, but he will skip the first colt classic of the season due to bruise on his right front leg.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Almond Eye Storms Home in Oka Sho


Almond Eye came from far behind to win the Oka Sho under Christophe Lemaire at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday.  Lemaire held her far off the pace, second to last, in the early stage, but Almond Eye overtook her rivals in a single spurt down the stretch. They looked like standing still as she marched on the outside.
Lucky Lilac, who drew off to a lead with 200 meters to go, gave way to finish second, a 1 3/4-length behind. Another 1/2-length behind, Lily Noble was third. The winner came cross the wire in 1:33.1.
Almond Eye, trained at JRA Miho by S.Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now won three of her four races with more than 175 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out of Fusaichi Pandoa, by Sunday Silence.
Almond Eye finished second at her Niigata debut race on Aug. 06, 2017 before winning a maiden race at Tokyo on Oct. 08, 2017. Prior to the Oka Sho, she produced a sensational late stride like the Oka Sho when winning the g3 Shinzan Kinen against boys at Kyoto on Jan. 08, 2018.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Miss Panthere leads all the way in Hanshin Himba

Miss Panthere leads all the way in Hanshin Himba
Miss Panthere made the running to win the Hanshin Himba Stakes in 1:34.8 over 1,600 meters at Hanshin on Saturday. Norihiro Yokoyama on Miss Panthere set a slow pace with the first 600 meters in 37.2 and they led all the way to getting up to the winning post. Second was, a head behind, Red Avancer with another neck away Lys Gracieux third.
Miss Panthere, who has now won five in nine starts, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Daiwa Major out of Aile de Courage, by Symboli Kris S.


Katsuji rallies in NZ Trophy


Katsuji, held by Matsuyama in the early pace, rallied in the stretch to win the New Zealand Trophy at Nakayama on Saturday. A head behind, Keiai Nautique finished a 3/4-length ahead of Delta Barows(USA) in second. The final time for the 1,600 meters on firm ground was 1:34.2.
Katsuji, who has now won two of his four races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Melissa, by White Muzzle.

Friday, April 06, 2018

2018 Hanshin Himba Stakes


13 fillies and mares will go for Saturday's Hanshin Himba Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse.
The leading contenders look like Admire Lead, Lys Gracieux, Soul Stirring and Miss Panthere.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,600-meter turf race is:
1-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Admire Lead, Mirco Demuro
3-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
4-Mieno Succeed, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
6-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
7-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
8-Mirissa, Yasunari Iwata
9-Queen's Milagro, Kota Fujioka
10-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-One to One, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Rabbit Run(USA), Yuga Kawada


2018 New Zealand Trophy


Saturday, April 7 sees the New Zealand Trophy at Nakayama Racecourse. A total of 15 three-year-old horses have been entered to the grade two 1,600-meter race.

Keiai Nautique, Cassius, Fast Approach and Katsuji will be the main casts.
The post position with jockeys is:
1-Cosmo Ignaz, Daichi Shibata
2-Delta Barows(USA), Takuya Ono
3-Gold Gear, Miyabi Muto
4-Icefjord, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Cassius, Suguru Hamanaka
7-Entscheiden, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Ramses Barows(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Isa Chil Runrun, Kyosuke Kokubun
10-Fast Approach, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Kaiser Melange, Hiroto Mayuzumi
12-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
13-Peisha Luas, Kosei Miura
14-Keiai Nautique, Keita Tosaki
15-Ambrosio, Shu Ishibashi

Field of 2018 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas)


The Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) will be run on Sunday, April 8 at Hanshin Racecourse.
Lucky Lilac, who has yet to finish behind in four starts, could top among the 18 entries for the first filly classic. The last time on the course, she toyed with her rivals when winning the Tulip Sho by a 2-length. Regular rider Shu Ishibashi will be aboard her to break from post 1.
Almond Eye, a sensational closer who beat boys when winning the Shinzan Kinen last January, drew post 13. Luly Noble and Mau Lea, who finished in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and Tulip Sho behind Lucky Lilac, drew post 9 and 17 respectively. Fillies' Revue winner Liberty Heights drew post 3. Anemone Stakes winner Harlem Line drew post 8.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter 3-year-old filly classic is:
1-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
2-Amalfi Coast, Suguru Hamanaka
3-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
5-Red Sakuya, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Scarlet Color, Yasunari Iwata
7-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
8-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
9-Lily Noble, Yuga Kawada
10-Aonbharr, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Cordierite, Ryuji Wada
12-Dernier Or, Kenichi Ikezoe
13-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
14-Red Regnant, Mirco Demuro
15-Primo Scene, Keita Tosaki
16-Finift, Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
18-Tsuzumimon, Shinichiro Akiyama

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

2018 Oka Sho Nominations


A total of 25 fillies have been nominated to the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). The nominations include Almond Eye, Lily Noble, Lucky Lilac and Mau Lea.
The first filly classic of the year will be run on Sunday, April 8 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Demuro superb ride in Osaka Hai


Confidently and superbly ridden by Micro Demuro, Suave Richard won the Osaka Hai at Hanshin on Sunday. Demuro on Suave Richard was on an early move. Before the final bend, the colt moved up into front. From there, they were never behind on their way to winning the 2,000-meter race in 1:58.2. A 3/4-length behind, Persian Knight finished second with another 1/2-length back Al Ain third.
Trained by Y.Shono and owned by NICKS Co.Ltd., Suave Richard has now won five of his 10 races with more than 436 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of Suave Richard, a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Heart's Cry out of Pirramimma, by Unbidled's Song.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

He's in Love triumphs Lord Derby CT


He's in Love, running at the middle pack early on, won the Lord Derby Challenge Trophy in the hands of Kota Fujioka at Nakayama on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Campbell Junior(AUS) was second with another 3/4-length away Stormy Sea third.
Fujioka got past Campbell Junior in the very final stage to come cross the wire in 1:32.2.
He's in Love, whose career record has now improved to 17-6-2-3, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Harbinger out of She's Included, by Include.
 

Friday, March 30, 2018

2018 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy


Saturday's main event at Nakayama Racecourse will be the grade three Lord Derby Challenge Trophy to which 16 horses have benn entered. The entrants include Red en Ciel,  Greater London and Maltese Apogee.
The postposition with jockeys for the 1,600-meter event is:
1-A Day in the Life, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Red en Ciel, Keita Tosaki
3-Campbell Junior(AUS), Shu Ishibashi
4-Greater London, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Meiner Aurato, Daichi Shibata
6-Theodore, Hayato Yoshida
7-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
8-Musee Alien, Filip Minarik
9-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
10-Logi Chalice, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Daiwa Liberal, Kazuki Kikuzawa
12-Sunrise Major, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
14-Solveig, Kosei Miura
15-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
16-Clarity Sky, Takuya Kowata


Field of 2018 Osaka Hai


The grade one Osaka Hai wil be run on Sunday, April 1 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The possible leading contenders among the 16 entries are: Satono Diamond, who had a fastest finish last time out when third in the Kinko Sho; last year's Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand, who makes his 2018 debut since finishing third in the Arima Kinen last December;  Al Ain, coming off a good second in the Kyoto Kinen and Suave Richard, winner of the Kinko Sho, who has shown consistant runs at the high level.

The post position with riders for the 2,000-meter race is:
1-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Satono Diamond, Keita Tosaki
3-Yamakatsu Ace, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Cheval Grand, Kosei Miura
5-Persian Knight, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Smart Layer, Hirofumi Shii
7-Gold Actor, Hayato Yoshida
8-Al Ain, Yuga Kawada
9-Triomphe, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Satono Noblesse, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
12-Yamakatsu Raiden, Manabu Sakai
13-Masahaya Dream, Yuichi Kitamura
14-Danburite, Suguru Hamanaka
15-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
16-Maitres d'Art, Kohei Matsuyama

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sunrise Soar wins Nagoya Daishoten in front fashion


Sunrise Soar, ridden by Mirco Demuro, set the pace and went all the way to win the Nagaya Daishoten at NAR Nagoya track on Thursday. He came cross the wire in 2:02.4, finishing a 1/2-length ahead of Mitsuba. Another 3/4-length behind, Key Ground was third.
Sunrise Soar, trained at JRA Ritto, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Symboli Kris S out of Amelia, by Special Week.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Nagoya Daishoten


The NAR grade three Nagoya Daishoten will be run at Nagoya track on Wednesday, March 29. JRA entries among 11 horses are Meisho Sumitomo, Key Ground, Sunrise Soar, Mitsuba and Mozu Attraction.

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

1-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
2-Brannew, Makoto Okabe
3-Mozu Raijin, Hiroto Yoshihara
4-Key Ground, Kota Fujioka
5-Sunrise Soar, Mirco Demuro
6-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
7-Katsugeki Kitokito, Masaaki Ohata
8-A Shin Max(GB), Aoi Kinomae
9-Mozu Attraction, Tomonori Sato
10-Donarutoson, Sachio Yamada
11-Rinehart, Tsubasa Sasagawa

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Centurion takes March S


Centrurion drew away in the mid-stretch to win the March Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. Before a nose win, he had to deny challenge by Queen's Saturn. The two separated by a nose. Third was, a 3/4-length behind Queen's Saturn, Roi Jardin.
Hideaki Miyuki was aboard the winner to get into the wire in 1:52.1.
Centurion, who has now won the first grade race, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Hundred Score, by White Muzzle.

Fine Needle wins Takamatsunomiya Kine in photo finish


Fine Needle got up in the nick of time to win the Takamatsunomiya Kinen under Yuga Kawada in 1:08.5 at Chukyo on Sunday. A nose behind, Let's Go Donki was second with another 1/2-length back Nac Venus third followed by Dance Director fourth and Hong Kong-trained Blizzard(AUS) fifth.
Let's Go Donki went into front at around 200 meters from home, but Fine Needle challenged on the outside. The two looked like getting to the wire at the same level.
Fine Needle, trained by Y.Takahashi and owned by Godolphin, has now won eight of his 24 races with more than 304 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Darley Japan K.K. was the breeder of Fine Needle, a 5-year-old bay horse by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blast Onepiece wins Mainichi Hai


Blast Onepiece held a good position to win the Mainichi Hai under Kenichi Ikezoe at Hanshin on Saturday. Ikezoe took Blast Onepiece to run on the rail down the stretch, getting up to the wire in 1:46.5. A 2-length behind, Gibeon took second with another neck away Indy Champ third.
Blast Onepiece, who remains undefeated in three starts, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Tsurumaru Onepiece, by King Kamehamaha.

Ganko good run at front in Nikkei Sho


Ganko produced a strong run at front to win the Nikkei Sho under Yusuke Fujioka at Nakayama on Saturday. Ganko set the pace until Kiseki took over a sole lead turning for the backstretch, but Ganko regained the leading position entering the homestretch on his way to winning the 2,500-meter race by a 3/4-length in 2:33.9. Chestnut Coat finished a 3/4-length ahead of Sakura Empereur in second.
Ganko, who has now gained his first grade glory in 28 starts, is a 5-year-old brown horse by Nakayama Festa out of Sing Up Rock, by Singspiel.

Friday, March 23, 2018

2018 March Stakes


Sunday's main event at Nakayama will be the grade three March Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards.
The possible main contenders are Centurion, Epicharis, Highland Peak and London Town.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,800-meter dirt race is:

1-Bless a Lot, Yuji Tannai
2-Strong Souther, Takuya Kowata
3-Sammaru Duke, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Roi Jardin, Daisuke Mashima
5-Sakura Record, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-George Cinq, Kota Fujioka
7-Dia del Rey, Masaki Katsuura
8-Centurion, Hideaki Miyuki
9-Epicharis, Christophe Lemaire
10-Cosmo Canadian, Daichi Shibata
11-Meisho Utage, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Altair, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Highland Peak, Norihiro Yokoyama
14-Queen's Saturn, Akihide Tsumura
15-London Town, Masami Matsuoka
16-All Blush, Shu Ishibashi

2018 Field of Takamatsunomiya Kinen


A total of 18 horses have been entered to the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday, March 15.
Two-time Sprinters Stakes winner Red Falx, who finished a good third in the Hankyo Hai last outing, drew post 6. Let's Go Donki, second in the Sprinters Stakes last year, drew post 8. Fine Needle, coming off victory in the Silk Road Stakes, drew post 9. Dance Director, second in the Hanshin Cup, drew post 11.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,200-meter race is:

1-Seiun Kosei, Daisaku Matsuda
2-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
3-Blizzard(AUS), Karis Teetan
4-Snow Dragon, Takuya Ono
5-Nobo Baccara, Miyabi Muto
6-Red Falx, Mirco Demuro
7-Nac Venus, Kosei Miura
8-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
9-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
10-Diana Halo, Kohei Matsuyama
11-Dance Director, Yutaka Take
12-Nero, Filip Minarik
13-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
14-Rhein Meteor, Yuichiro Nishida
15-Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Fukunaga
16-Shining Lei, Yuichi Kitamura
17-King Heart, Hiroshi Kitamura
18-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori

2018 Mainichi Hai


10 three-year-old colts will be run in the grade two Mainichi Hai, the final steppingstone to the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), at Hanshin on Saturday, March 24.
The main casts could be: Blast Onepiece, haing a 4-length victory in the Yurikamome Sho last outing to remain undefeated in two starts; undefeated Indy Champ, who won a condition race on last December to make 2 for 2; Chardonnay, coming off winning a lower level race; undefeated Gibeon, winning the Freesia Sho last outing and You Can Smile, undefeated in two starts.  

The post positon with riders for the 1,800-meter race is:

1-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Nostradamus, Ryuji Wada
3-Indy Champ, Yasunari Iwata
4-Chardonnay Gold, Yuga Kawada
5-Gibeon, Dario Vargiu
6-Water Parfait, Manabu Sakai
7-You Can Smile, Yutaka Take
8-T M Dylan, Ken Tanaka
9-My Heartbeat, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Alm Forza, Suguru Hamanaka

2018 Nikkei Sho


Kiseki, winner of the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), tops a field of 10 for Saturday's Nikkei Sho at Nakayama. He showed a gutsy run in the Kikuka Sho at the muddy Kyoto before having a disappointing finish in the Hong Kong Vase last outing.
The main opponents could be: Lord Vent d'Or, a narrow second in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai; Tosen Basil, third in the Hong Kong Vase; Seewind, who makes his frist start since winning the Taanabata Sho last July and Ganko.

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

1-Altar, Akihide Tsumura
2-Shonan Bach, Filip Minarik
3-Chestnut Coat, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
6-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
7-Tosen Basil, Mirco Demuro
8-Saimon Tornare, Daichi Shibata
9-Seewind, Keita Tosaki
10-Ping Pong, Miyabi Muto
11-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Action Star, Takuya Ono
14-Kiseki, Christophe Lemaire
15-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Shin Valor wins Kurofune Sho


Ex-JRA horse A Shin Valorwon the NAR grade three Kurofune Sho at Kochi on Tuesday. Osamu Shimohara-steered A Shin Valor, running second before turning for home, denied challenges by Bulldog Boss and King's Guard in the very final stage to win by a neck from King's Guard with another head away Bulldog Boss third. The 1,400-meter dirt race was run in 1:27.2.
A Shin Valor, trained at NAR Hyogo by M.Atarashi, is a 7-year-old bay horse by South Vigorous out of A Shin Large C, by Symboli Kris S.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 Kurofune Sho


The NAR grade three Kurofune Sho will be run on Tuesday, March 20 at Kochi.
11 horses have been entered to the 1,400-meter dirt race.
The entries include four JRA horses, Copano Mickael, Rhein Schneider, King's Guard and Graceful Leap.

The post position with jockeys is:

1-A Shin Valor, Osamu Shimohara
2-Stono Kingly, Nobuhisa Miura
3-Copano Mickael, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Dear Maruko, Hideya Sahara
5-Bulldog Boss, Yasunari Iwata
6-Rhein Schneider, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Vintage Year, Naoki Kimura
8-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
9-A Shin Spartan(USA), Yusuke Fujioka
10-Graceful Leap, Yutaka Take
11-Wild Cotton, Toshihiro Nishigawa

Stelvio wins Spring S in photo finish


Race favorite Stelvio won the Spring Stakes in photo finish under Christophe Lemaire at Nakayama on Sunday. Epoca d'Oro drew away from the rest in the mid-stretch but Stelvio was closing swiftly before getting up in the nick of time to reach the wire in 1:48.1. The two separated by a nose. Another 3 1/2-length behind, Meiner Fanrong finished third.
Stelvio, whose record has improved to 5-3-2-0, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of L'Archetto, by Falbrav.

Hanshin Daishoten won by Rainbow Line


Rainbow Line, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, draw out  in the final mid-stretch to win the Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin on Sunday. It was the first victory for him since Feb.27, 2016 when winning the g3 Arlington Cup. A 1 1/4-length behind, Satono Chronicle was second with another 1 1/2-length away Clincher third. The winner ran the 3,000-meter distance in 3:03.6.
Rainbow Line, who has now won four in 21 starts, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Regenbogen, by French Deputy.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mr Melody(USA) takes Falcon S


Mr Melody(USA) held a good position to win the Falcon Stakes at Chukyo on Saturday. Yuichi Fukunaga-piloted Mr Melody(USA) finished a 1 /4-length ahead of Asakusa Genki(USA) at the wire in 1:22.1. Another neck away, Frontier finished third.
Mr Melody(USA) has now improved his record to 5-3-2-0. Bred in USA by Bell Tower Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old bay colt is by Scat Daddy out of Trusty Lady, by Deputy Minister.

Cantabile wins Flower Cup


Cantabile picked up ground in the stretch to win the Flower Cup at Nakayama on Saturday. Before a neck victory, she denied challenge by Tosen Bless. Normcore finished a 2-length behind the runner-up in third. Mirco Demuro steered the winner to travel the 1,800 meters in 1:49.2.
Cantabile, who has now improved her record to 4-2-0-0, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Chanrossa, by Galileo.

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Hanshin Daishoten


The grade two Hanshin Daishoten, one of the major prep for the Tenno Sho Spring, to which 11 horses have been entered, will be run on Sunday, March 18 at Hanshin. 
Clincher, having won the g2 Kyoto Kinen last outing, drew post 8. Albert, who has plenty of stamina with multiple wins of graded marathon races, drew post 10. Satono Chronicle and Rainbow Line, who try to bounce back from well-beaten in the Arima Kinen, drew post 6 and 7 respectively.

The post position with jockeys for the 3,000-meter race is: 

1-Tomiken Slava, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Super Max, Isao Yamaguchi
3-Shiho, Futoshi Komaki
4-Curren Mirotic, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Koei One Man, Hirofumi Shii
6-Satono Chronicle, Yuga Kawada
7-Rainbow Line, Yasunari Iwata
8-Clincher, Yutaka Take
9-Muito Obrigado, Yusuke Fujioka
10-Albert, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Yamakatsu Raiden, Kohei Matsuyama