Saturday, December 29, 2018

Omega Perfume takes Tokyo Daishoten


Omega Perfume got into front near the finish line to win the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten at Ohi Saturday afternoon. Gold Dream challenged in the very final stage, but was a 3/4-length short of winning to finish second. Another 1 1/2-length behind, K T Brave was third.
Omega Perfume, trained at JRA Ritto by S. Yasuda, who has now five of his nine races, is a 3-year-old grey colt by Swept Overboard out of Omega Fragrance, by Gold Allure.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Favorite wins Hopeful S


Race favorite Saturnalia took a good position to win the grade one Hopeful Stakes under Mirco Demuro at Nakayama Friday afternoon.
The colt squeezed between horses in the deep stretch on his way to getting up to the wire in 2:01.6 over 2,000 meters on turf.
A 1 1/2-length behind, Admire Justa came second with another 3/4-length back Nishino Daisy third.
Saturnalia, trained by K. Nakatake and owned by Carrot Farm, has now won three as many starts with more than 94 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Saturnalia, a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Cesario, by Special Week.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Field of 2018 Hopeful Stakes


A field of 13 two-year-old colts is set to run in the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama on Friday, December 28.
Nishino Daisy, who comes here from a two-straight grade victory with Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes in latest effort, drew post 1.
Breaking Dawn, finishing second in the Kyoto Nisai Stakes last out, drew post 2.
Saturnalia, undefeated in two starts, who comes off victory in the non-graded Hagi Stakes, drew post 5.
Admire Justa, winning the non-graded Shigiku Sho in good style to make two for three, drew post 8.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 2,000-meter event is:

1-Nishino Daisy(by Harbinger) Masaki Katsuura
2-Breaking Dawn(by Victoire Pisa) Yuichi Fukunaga
3-King Listeia(by Belshazzar) Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Hiruno Dakar(by Victoire Pisa) Daisaku Matsuda
5-Saturnalia(by Lrd Kanaloa) Mirco Demuro
6-Hakusan Taiyo(by Black Tide) Masami Matsuoka
7-Mikki Black(by Black Tide) Oisin Murphy
8-Admire Justa(by Just a Way) Christophe Lemaire
9-Just a Gigolo(by Novellist) Hironobu Tanabe
10-Madre Voice(by Daiwa Major) Kosei Miura
11-Vin de Garde(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro
12-Tanino Drama(by Tanino Gimlet) Kenichi Ikezoe
13-Cosmo Calendula(by Novellist) Keita Tosaki

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Tokyo Daishoten


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Tokyo Daishoten, the biggest  season-ending race in NAR racing, at Ohi on Saturday, December 29.
JRA entries are K T Brave, Omega Perfume, Acorn, Regent Rock, Chrysolite, Gold Dream and Apollo Kentuckey(USA). 

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

1-Meiner Reborn, Masayoshi Aoyagi
2-K T Brave Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Superstition, Ryu Abe
4-Mogiana Flavor, Kenichi Shigeta
5-Omega Perfume, Mirco Demuro
6-Acorn, Yasunari Iwata
7-Sound True, Norifumi Mikamoto
8-Yamami Dance, Tatsuya Nakajima
9-Flaring Dia, Kanta Inoue
10-Regent Rock, Masami Matsuoka
11-Chrysolite, Keita Tosaki
12-Work and Love, Daisuke Mashima
13-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
14-Cosmo Placidez, Hiroshi Chida
15-Groom Island, Takayuki Yano
16-Apollo Kentucky(USA), Oisin Murphy

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Blast Onepiece triumphs Akima Kinen


Blast Onepiece produced a sensational run down the stretch in winning the Arima Kinen under Kenichi Ikezoe at Nakayama on Sunday. 
In the last 100 meters, Blast One piece got flew on the outside with Rey de Oro challenging on his left, but Blast One piece never gave way to get up to the post in 2:32.2. A neck behind, Rey de Oro finished second with another 1 1/4-length back Cheval Grand third.
Blast One piece, trained by M. Otake and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now won five of his seven races with more than 438 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Farm was the breeder of Blast Onepiece, a 3-year-old bay colt by Harvinger out of Tsurumaru Onepiece, by King Kamehameha.
  

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Diana Halo leads all the way in Hanshin Cup


Diana Halo set the pace to win the grade two Hanshin Cup at Hanshin on Saturday. Mr Melody(USA) came second, a 1/2-length behind the winner. Another 1 3/4-length away, Star of Persia was third.
Yuji Hishida rode Diana Halo to complete the 1,400-meter race in 1:21.1.
Diana Halo, who returned 3,830 jpn yen as 11th favorite, is a 5-year-old dark bay mare by King Halo out of Yamakatsu Seiren, by Grass Wonder.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Hanshin Cup


This Saturday's main event at Hanshin will be the grade two Hanshin Cup at Hanshin.
The possible main contenders among 16 entrants are: Satono Ares, Red Falx, Keiai Nautique, One to One and Jour Polaire.

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

1-Daimei Fuji, Manabu Sakai
2-Mr Melody(USA), Cristian Demuro
3-Diana Halo, Yuji Hishida
4-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
5-Star of Persia, Makoto Sugihara
6-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
7-Shuji, Yasunari Iwata
8-Carvalho, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Rhein Spirit, Yutaka Take
10-Satono Ares, Yuga Kawada
11-Red Falx, Hugh Bowman
12-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
13-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
14-One to One, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Jour Polaire, Mirco Demuro
16-Besten Dank, Kohei Matsuyama



Field set for 2018 Arima Kinen


A field has been drawn for the Arima Kinen to which 16 horses have been entered.
Rey de Oro,  winner of the 2017 Japanese Derby, who won a couple of grade races this fall campaign with Tenno Sho Autumn victory on his latest effort, drew post 12.
Kiseki, a strong front runner who finished an impressive second in the Japan Cup behind Almond Eye, drew post 14.
Oju Chosan, multiple grade one winner at jump racing, who returned to flat racing and recorded two for two since then, drew post 1.
Mozu Katchan, one of the top females, and Blast Onepiece, one of the top 3-year-old colts, drew post 3 and 8.

The Arima Kinen will be run on Sunday, December 23 at Nakayama.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,500-meter race is:

1-Oju Chosan, Yutaka Take
2-Clincher, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
4-Makahiki, Yasunari Iwata
5-Perform a Promise, Cristian Demuro
6-Satono Diamond, Brenton Avdulla
7-Sounds of Earth, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Ridge Man, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Mikki Rocket, Oisin Murphy
12-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
13-Smart Layer, Keita Tosaki
14-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
15-Cheval Grand, Hugh Bowman
16-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nominations for 2018 Arima Kinen


19 horses have been entered to the Arima Kinen. The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Kiseki, Mozu Katchan, Oju Chosan and Rey de Oro.
The Arima Kinen will be run on Sunday, December 23 at Nakayama over 2,500 meters on turf.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Admire Mars takes Asahi Hai Futurity S


Admire Mars took a good position, third place, and then went into front in the top stretch to win the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes under Mirco Demuro at Hanshin on Sunday. A 2-length behind, Kurino Gaudi was second with another 1/2-length back Gran Alegria third. The 1,600-meter truf race was run in 1:33.9.
Admire Mars, trained by Y. Tomomichi and owned by R. Kondo, has now won four as many starts with more than 132 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Northern Farm, the 2-year-old chestnut colt is a son of Daiwa Major and Via Medici, by Medicean.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Miss Panthere wins Turquoise S


Having well-beaten in the QE 2 Cup last outing, Miss Panthere won the grade three Turquoise Stakes under Norihiro Yokoyama at Nakayama on Saturday.
She took into front in the very final stage to win the 1,600-meter race in 1:32.7 on firm ground. A 1/2-length behind, Liberty Heights came second with another neck away Denko Ange third.
Miss Panthere, who has now won six of her 13 races, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Daiwa Major out of Aile de Courage, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, December 14, 2018

2018 Turquoise Stakes


A total of 16 fillies and mare will contest in the grade three Turquoise Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday.
The main contenders could be: Flawless Magic, Primo Scene, Frontier Queen and Kawakita Enka.

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

1-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
2-Linate, Kosei Miura
3-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
5-Flawless Magic, Christophe Lemaire
6-Denko Ange, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Kyowa Zenobia, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Red Olga, Cristian Demuro
10-Primo Scene, William Buick
11-Dimension, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
13-Frontier Queen, Oisin Murphy
14-Kaiserball, Hirofumi Shii
15-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hironobu Tanabe


Field set for 2018 Asahi Hai Futurity S


A field is set to run in Sunday's Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hanshin.
Gran Alegria, the only filly in the field of 15, who romped the g3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup last time out, could get a lot of supports. She drew post 2.
The main opponents to Gran Alegria are likely: Admire Mars, winner of the g2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes; Cadence Call, winner of the g3 Niigata Nisai Stakes and multiple grade winner Fantasist.

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

1-Kurino Gaudi(by Screen Hero) Yusuke Fujioka
2-Gran Alegria(by Deep Impact) Christophe Lemaire
3-Aster Pegasus(USA)(by Giant's Causeway) Yuichi Fukunaga
4-De Gaulle(by Sakura President) Akihide Tsumura
5-Meiner Surpass(by I'll Have Another) Yuji Tannai
6-Admire Mars(by Daiwa Major) Mirco Demuro
7-Salt Ibuki(by Belshazzar) Hirofumi Shii
8-Deep Diver(by Black Tide) Yuga Kawada
9-It's Cool(by Aldebaran) Daisaku Matsuda
10-Girasol(by Matsurida Gogh) Yasunari Iwata
11-Cadence Call(by Lard Kanaloa) Cristian Demuro
12-Copano Martin(by Screen Hero) Ryusei Sakai
13-Nihonpiro Henson(by Rulership) Suguru Hamanaka
14-Fantasist(by Lord Kanaloa) Yutaka Take
15-Emeral Fight(by Kurofune) William Buick

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Copano Kicking(USA) gets up in Capella Stakes


Copano Kicking(USA) got up in the final stride to win the 1,200-meter Capella Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.  Saita Three Red was, a 3/4-length behind, second with another neck away Kitasan Mikazuki third. Daichi Shibata was aboard the winning to stop the clock in 1:10.2.
Copano Kicking(USA), whose record has now improved to six wins in eight starts, is a 3-year-old dark bay gelding by Spring At Last out of Celadon, by Gold Halo.

Danon Fantasy gains Juvenile Fillies victory


In the hands of Cristian Demuro, Danon Fantasy won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in 1:34.1 over 1,600 meters on firm ground at Hanshin on Sunday.
Danon Fantasy, far off the pace in the early stage, produced a great turn of foot in the stretch. Chrono Genesis ran right next to Danon Fantasy through the stretch, but was a 1/2-length short of winning to finish second. Another neck away, Beach Samba was third.
M. Nakauchida-trained and Danox Co. Ltd.-owned Danon Fantasy has now won three of her four races with more than 103 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Danon Fantasy, bred by Northern Racing, is a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Life For Sale, by Nor For Sale.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Gibeon wins Chunichi Shimbun Hai by a nose


Gibeon drew away from the rest with 200 meters to go, winning the Chunichi Shimbun Hai at Chukyo on Saturday. Before a nose victory, Gibeon denied challenge by Shonan Bach. The two fought out in the last 100 meters.
Strong Titan(USA) was, another 4-length behind, third.
Cristian Demuro rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 1:59
.3.
Giveon, who has now won three of his six races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Contested, by Ghostzapper.

Friday, December 07, 2018

2018 Chunichi Shimbun Hai


The grade three Chunichi Shimbun Hai will be run on Saturday, December 8 at Chukyo.
The possible main contenders among 14 entrants are: Grail, Gibeon, Dreadnoughtus, Maitres d'Art and My Style.

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

1-Engineer, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-America's Cup, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Grail, Akihide Tsumura
4-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
5-Masahaya Dream, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Hakusan Rudolf, Kota Fujioka
7-Gibeon, Cristian Demuro
8-Dreadnoughtus, Yuta Nakatani
9-Reiho Romance, Genki Maruyama
10-Shonan Bach, Katsuma Sameshima
11-Maitres d'Art, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Strong Titan(USA), Brenton Avdulla
13-Suzuka Deep, Tsubasa Iwasaki
14-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka


2018 Capella Stakes


The Capella Stakes has 16 contestants to be run on Sunday at Nakayama.
The main contenders could be:  Kitasan Mikazuki, Copano Kicking(USA), 
Old Bailey(USA) and Nero.

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

1-Kitasan Mikazuki, Taito Mori
2-Copano Kicking(USA), Daichi Shibata
3-Vengeance, Yukito Ishikawa
4-King's Guard, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Tateyama, Takuya Ono
6-Old Bailey(USA), Yuji Nakai
7-Danon Good, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Hatto Love, Norihiro Yokoyama
9-Nero, Jukiya Takigawa
10-Nobo Baccara, Masaki Katsuura
11-Saita Three Red, Akihide Tsumura
12-Nanchinnon(USA), Kyosuke Kokubun
13-Oken Believe, Kosei Miura
14-Blason de Lis, Nakako Fujita
15-Win Mut, Kohei Matsuyama
16-Hikari Brandy, Teruo Eda

Field set for 2018 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


A total of 18 fillies have been drawn for the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin on Sunday, December 9.
The major player is likely Danon Fantasy, who comes here with a sensational victory in the g3 Fantasy Stakes. She drew post 13.
The main opponents to Danon Fantasy could be: Schon Glanz, winner of the g3  Artemis Stakes; undefeated filly Chrono Genesis and Beach Samba, runner-up in the Artemis Stakes.

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

1-Belles Soeurs(by Swept Overboard) Brenton Avdulla
2-Jodie(by Daiwa Major) Hirofumi Shii
3-Pourville(by Le Havre) Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Schon Glanz(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
5-Meisho Shobu(by Daiwa Major) Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Star Quartz(by Meisho Bowler) Kiwamu Ogino
7-Win Zenobia(by Secreen Hero) Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Love Me Fine(by Just a Way) Genki Maruyama
9-Chrono Genesis(by Bago) Yuichi Kitamura
10-Tanino Mission(IRE)(by Invincible Spirit) Suguru Hamanaka
11-Beach Samba(by Kurifune) Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Red Anemos(by Victoire Pisa) Keita Tosaki
13-Danon Fantasy(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro
14-Savoir Aimer(by Daiwa Major) Kota Fujioka
15-Rosen Krieger(by Novellist) Yusuke Fujioka
16-Glacier(by Daiwa Major) Hironobu Tanabe
17-Tolochenaz(by Screen Hero) Hiroshi Kitamura
18-Meisho Keimei(by Workforce) Yoshihiro Furukawa

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Le Vent Se Leve romps Champions C


Race favorite Le Vent Se Leve romped home to win the Champions Cup under Mirco Demuro at Chukyo on Sunday.
Demuro held his horse at second before drawing away from the rest at less than 200 meters from home. 
Westerlund finished a 2 1/2-length behind the winner in second with another neck away Sunrise Soar third. Final time of the 1,800-meter race was 1:50.1 on fast track.
Trained by K. Hagiwara and owned by G1 Racing Co. Ltd., Le Vent Se Leve has now gained the fourth grade one victory, totally 7 wins of 8 starts, with more than 288 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shadai Corporation Inc.-bred Le Vent Leve is a 3-year-old bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of Maestrale, by Neo Universe.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Air Windsor extends winning streak in Challenge Cup


Air Windsor extended his winning streak to four as he won the Challenge Cup at Hanshin on Saturday.
Mount Gold finished a 3-length behind in second. Another 1 1/2-length back, Stay Foolish was third.
Mirco Demuro rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter Challenge Cup in 1:58.3.
Air Windor, who has now won seven in 14 starts, is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Air Messiah, by Sunday Silence.

Ridge Man takes Stayers S


Ridge Man, holding a position behind the leading pack, produced a superb finishing kick in the stretch to win the 3,600-meter Stayers Stakes under Masayoshi Ebina in 3:45.2.
A 2 1/2-length behind, Admire Eikan was second with another neck back Mondo Intero third.
As Albert was scratched, a field was reduced to 13.
Ridge Man, the ex-NAR horse who has now gained his first grade victory, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Swept Overboard out of Admire Monroe, by Caerleon.

Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 Challenge Cup


The Challenge Cup at Hanshin on Staturday, December 1 has 12 horses to be run over 2,000 meter on turf.
The cheif entries are: Danburite, Leyenda, Air Windsor and Tricolore Bleu.

The post position with jockeys is:

1-Maltese Apogee, Yuichi Fukunaga
2-Mount Gold, Yutaka Take
3-Danburite, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Meiner Frost, Yuji Tannai
5-Dashing Blaze(USA), Cristian Demuro
6-Kento O, Fuma Matsuwaka
7-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Leyenda, Christophe Lemaire
9-Air Windsor, Mirco Demuro
10-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Tricolore Bleu, Yasunari Iwata
12-Saimon Ramesses, Futoshi Komaki



2018 Stayers Stakes


Saturday's main event at Nakayama is the grade two Sports Nippon Sho Stayers Stakes.
The possible main players among 14 entries are: Albert, Mondo Intero, Ridge Man and Admire Eikan.

The field for the 3,600-meter marathon race is:

1-Albert, Joao Moreira
2-Vosges, Genki Maruyama
3-Mondo Intero, William Buick
4-Koki Chosan, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Toshin Monstera, Kosei Miura
6-Curren Last Show, Hiroyuki Uchida
7-La La Eclater, Keita Tosaki
8-Masahaya Dia, Takuya Ono
9-Nature Let, Yutaro Nonaka
10-Meiner Milano, Daichi Shibata
11-Ridge Man, Masayoshi Ebina
12-Admire Eikan, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
14-Altar, Yukito Ishikawa

Field draw for 2018 Champions Cup


A field of 15 has been drawn for the Champions Cup at Chukyo on Sunday, December 2.
Le Vent Se Leve, the 3-year-old colt, has raced greatly with six wins(including three grade one) and a second in seven career starts. In his last time on the course, he beat Gold Dream in the g1 Nanbu Hai at Morioka. He drew post 2.
The main oppositions to Le Vent Se Leve are JBC Classic winner K T Brave(post 8); Omega Perfume(post 11), runner-up in the JBC Classic and Sunrise Nova(post 7), winner of the g3 Musashino Stakes.
Pavel(USA) from US drew post 3.

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

1-Ange Desir, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Le Vent Se Leve, Mirco Demuro
3-Pavel(USA), Mario Gutierrez
4-Apollo Kentucky(USA), Futoshi Komaki
5-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida
6-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
7-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
8-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Sunrise Soar, Joao Moreira
10-Centurion, Hayato Yoshida
11-Omega Perfume, Cristian Demuro
12-Westerlund, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
14-Hiraboku la Tache, Hirofumi Shii
15-Incantation, Kosei Miura

Gold Dream, considered one of the main contenders, skipped this event due to a minor injury.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

2018 Champions Cup Nominations


A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Champions Cup. The nominations include Le Vent Se Leve, Gold Dream, K T Brave, Omega Perfume and US-trained Pavel(USA).
The Champions Cup will be run at Chukyo Race Course on Sunday, December 2.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Danon Smash takes Keihan Hai


Less than one hour after Almond Eye's sensational victory of the Japan Cup, another Lord Kanaloa-sired horse gained a grade victory as Danon Smash won the grade three Keihan Hai at Kyoto. Yuichi Kitamura-steered Danon Smash rushed on the rails in the last 200 meters, winning the 1,200-meter race in 1 minute 08 seconds flat. A 1 3/4-length behind, Nine Tails was second with another nose away Diana Halo third.
Danon Smash, who has now won four of his 10 races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Spinning Wildcat, by Hard Spun.

Almond Eye wins Japan Cup in record time


Almond Eye became the second 3-year-old filly in racing history to win the Japan Cup in an amazing record time of 2:20.6 for the 2,400-meter turf course at Tokyo on Sunday.
Having a good position, Almond Eye(1.4[2-5] favorite) got past Kiseki inside 200 meters out on her way to winning the 2,400-meter premier race under Christophe Lemaire. Kiseki, who set the pace from start, finished a 1 3/4-length behind in second. Another 3 1/2-length behind, Suave Richard was third followed by Cheval Grand fourth and Mikki Swallow fifth. 
"She is a great and special horse.",  Lemaire said on the interview.
Trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., Almond Eye remained unbeaten in five starts this season with 7-6-1-0 in career record. Her career earnings brought to more than 720 million jpn yen.
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, November 24, 2018

Almond Eye favorite for 2018 Japan Cup


After closing Saturday betting round, Almond Eye has been installed as the favorite for the Japan Cup at odds of 1.5(1-2). Second was Suave Richard 7.4(32-5) followed by Satono Diamond 5.9(49-10).

Favorite wins Kyoto Nisai S


Race favorite Courageux Guerrier won the grade three 2,000-meter Kyoto Nisai Stakes under Joao Moreira at Kyoto on Saturday. 
Courageux Guerrier and Breaking Dawn drew away from the rest in the last 200 meters. The best finishing speed of the two was Courageux Guerrier, who came cross the wire in 2:01.5. A 1/2-length behind, Breaking Dawn finished second. World Premiere was, another 3 1/2-length behind, third.
Courageux Guerrier, who has now won two of his three races, is a 2-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Jumeau, by Tanino Gimlet.

Friday, November 23, 2018

2018 Keihan Hai


Sunday's main event at Kyoto will be the grade three Keihan Hai.
The possible leading contenders among 18 entrants are likely: Danon Smash, Ares Barows, Asakusa Genki(USA), Daimei Fuji and Once in a Moon.

The field for the 1,200-meter turf event is:

1-Estitato, Kota Fujioka
2-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
3-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Ares Barows, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
6-Nine Tails, Yasunari Iwata
7-Great Charter, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Diana Halo, Yuji Hishida
9-Asakusa Genki(USA), Hiroto Yoshihara
10-Carvalho, Yuichi Shibayama
11-Daimei Fuji, Shinichiro Akiyama
12-All Possible, Kiwamu Ogino
13-Besten Dank, Kohei Matsuyama
14-King Heart, Suguru Hamanaka
15-Vip Lively, Hirofumi Shii
16-Once in a Moon, Takuya Ono
17-Aonbharr, Manabu Sakai
18-Nagara Flower, Keisuke Dazai

2018 Kyoto Nisai S


9 horses have been entered to the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Kyoto on Saturday, November 24.
The leading contenders could be: Courageux Guerrier, World Premiere, Breaking Dawn and Mikki Black.

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

1-Courageux Guerrier(by King Kamehameha) Joao Moreira
2-World Premiere(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
3-Suzuka Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Kohei Matsuyama
4-Persona Design(by Heart's Cry) Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Miyake(by Deep Brillante) Kota Fujioka
6-Breaking Dawn(by Victoire Pisa) Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Seika Yamano(by Rose Kingdom) Kiwamu Ogino
8-Mikki Black(by Black Tide) Cristian Demuro
9-Shoryu Ikuzo(by Orfevre) Suguru Hamanaka

Stage set for 2018 Japan Cup


A field 14 has been drawn for the Japan Cup at Tokyo on Sunday, November 25.
Almond Eye, the best 3-year-old filly who dominated the 3-year-old filly classics this season, faces the top-rated older horses for the first time. The strong closer drew post 1.
Suave Richard, winner of the g1 Osaka Hai earlier this season, drew post 11.
Satono Diamond, coming off victory in the g2 Kyoto Daishoten, drew post 3.
Kiseki, third finish in the Tenno Sho Autumn, and last year's winner Cheval Grand drew post 8 and 9 respectively.
Foreign entries are Thundering Blue(post 6) and Capri(post 12).
Happy Grin is an entry from NAR.

The post position with jockeys for the biggest international race in Japan is: 

1-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
2-Happy Grin, Takafumi Hattori
3-Satono Diamond, Joao Moreira
4-Satono Crown, William Buick
5-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
6-Thundering Blue(USA), Francis Berry
7-Sounds of Earth, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
9-Cheval Grand, Cristian Demuro
10-Ganko, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
12-Capri(IRE), Ryan Moore
13-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
14-Win Tenderness, Hiroyuki Uchida



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

2018 Japan Cup Nominations


A total of 16 horses have been nominated to the Japan Cup. The nominations include Almond Eye, Kiseki, Satono Diamond and Suave Richard. Capri(IRE) and Thundering Blue(USA) are foreign nominations of the most famous race in Japan. The Japan Cup will be run on Sunday, November 25 at Tokyo Race Course.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Stelvio takes Mile Championship


Fifth favorite Stelvio won the Mile Championship under William Buick at Kyoto on Sunday. A head behind, Persian Knight was second with another 1 1/4-length behind Al Ain third followed by Katsuji.
In the very final stage, Stelvio with Persian Knight on his inside was going strong and they rushed into the finish. Stelvio put his head in front at the wire. Persian Knight finished second, a 1 1/4-length before third-placed Al Ain.
William Buick on Stelvio achieved his first JRA grade one victory with final time of 1:33.3 over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Stelvio, trained by T. Kimura and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., has now won four of his nine races with more than 277 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Northern Farm, the 3-year-old bay colt is a son of Lord Kanaloa and L'Archetto, by Falbrav.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Exciting finish in Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai


The four horses fougt out in the very final stage. At the wire, Nishino Daisy put his nose in front to win the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes. Agulhas finished a head in front of Vin de Garde in second. Another nose back, Velox was fourth.
Masaki Katsuura was aboard the winner. The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:46.6 on firm ground.
Nishino Daisy, who has now won three of his four races, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Nishino Hinagiku, by Agnes Tachyon.

Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes


Saturday's main event at Tokyo is the grade three Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
The leading contenders among 16 entries could be: Catedral, Velox, Danon Luster, Ho O Sabel and Levolg.

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

1-Hakusan Taiyo(by Black Tide) Masami Matsuoka
2-Nishino Daisy(by Harbinger) Masaki Katsuura
3-Catedral(by Heart's Cry) Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Agulhas(by Black Tide) William Buick
5-Vin de Garde(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro
6-Taurus Gemini(by King's Best) Ikuya Kowata
7-Velox(by Just a Way) Christophe Lemaire
8-Tosen Gimlet(by Deep Brillante) Kosei Miura
9-Danon Luster(by Deep Impact) Joao Moreira
10-Kurino Gaudi(by Screen Hero) Keita Tosaki
11-Naimama(by Danon Ballade) Daichi Shibata
12-Ho O Sabel(by Heart's Cry) Mirco Demuro
13-Meisun Hanafubuki(by Eishin Flash) Yukito Ishikawa
14-Admire Squall(by Deep Brillante) Hironobu Tanabe
15-Levolg(by Deep Impact) Ryan Moore
16-Go Timing(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take




Field set for 2018 Mile Championship


A maximum field of 18 is set to run in the Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday.
Mozu Ascot(USA), winner of the g1 Yasuda Kinen, who comes here off a good second in the g2 Swan Stakes, drew post 8.
Grade one winner Aerolithe, finishing second in the g2 Mainichi Okan last out, drew post 15.
Last year's winner Persian Knight, who has finished fifth in the g3 Fuji Stakes last outing, drew post 2.
Al Ain, fourth in the g1 Tenno Sho Autumn last month, drew post 3.
Stelvio, runner-up in the Mainichi Okan, drew post 1.
Fuji Stakes winner Logi Cry and Mikki Glory, winner of the g3 Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap, drew post 7 and 10 respectively.

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

1-Stelvio, William Buick
2-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
3-Al Ain, Yuga Kawada
4-Black Moon, Suguru Hamanaka
5-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
6-Jour Polaire, Yukito Ishikawa
7-Logi Cry, Cristian Demuro
8-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
9-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
10-Mikki Glory, Keita Tosaki
11-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
12-Reine Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
13-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
14-Air Spinel, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Aerolithe, Ryan Moore
16-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
17-Lord Quest, Norihiro Yokoyama
18-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2018 Mile Championship Nominations


The Mile Championship has 20 nominees including Aerolithe, Al Ain, Mozu Ascot(USA), Persian Knight and Stelvio.
The Mile Championship will be run on Sunday, November 18 at Kyoto racecourse.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Two foreign horses confirmed a 2018 Japan Cup run


Capri(IRE) and Thundering Blue(USA) have confirmed a run in the Japan Cup. They are scheduled to arrive in Japan on November 15.
The 2018 Japan Cup will be run on Sunday, November 25 at Tokyo.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fukushima Kinen: Stiffelio shows strong late stride


Stiffelio showed a strong late stride to win the Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima on Sunday. My Style was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another neck away Air Anthem third.
Genki Maruyama rode the winner with final time of 1:58.3 for the 2,000-meter race.
Stiffelio is a 4-year-old colt by Stay Gold out of Serious Attitude, by Mtoto.

Lys Gracieux wins QE 2 Cup in late surge


Lys Gracieux produced a strong late run to win the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup at Kyoto on Sunday. 
Crocosmia went into front turning for home and drew away from the rest in the top stretch, but Lys Gracieux, with Joan Moreira up, made up a lot of grounds before getting up to the winning post. A neck seapared the two. Mozu Katchan finished third, a 3-length behind Crocosmia. Final time of the 2,200-meter distance was 2:13.1. Moreira picked up his first JRA grade one victory.
Trained by Y. Yahagi and owned by U. Carrot Farm, Lys Gracieux has now won four in 16 starts with more than 406 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Lys Gracieux, a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Heart's Cry out of Liliside, by American Post.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sunrise Nova come-from-behind victory in Musashino S


Sunrise Nove, sencond to last early on, came with an explosive stride in the stretch en route to winning the Musashino Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. Queen's Saturn finished a 1 1/4-length behind the winner in second. Another neck away, Namura Miracle was third. Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter dirt distance in 1:34.7.
Sunrise Nova, who has now won seven of his 18 races, is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Gold Allure out of Bright Sapphire, by Thunder Gulch.

Daily Hai Nisai S: Admire Mars coast-to-coast win


Admire Mars went to front and led all the way to win the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. After a thrilling duel with Meisho Shobu in the stretch, the 2-year-old chestnut colt got at the wire in 1:35.4 over 1,600 meters on turf. A 3/4-length behind, Meisho Shobu finsihed second with another 2 1/2-length back Happy Hour third. The winning ride was Mirco Demuro.
Admire Mars, who has now won three as many starts, is a son of Daiwa Major and Via Medici, by Medicean.

Friday, November 09, 2018

2018 Musashino Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes at Tokyo  on Saturday.
The possible leading dirt runners are: Sunrise Nova, Namura Miracle, Westerlund and Incantation.

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

1-Meiner Ophir, Masami Matsuoka
2-Partner Laugh, Takuya Ono
3-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
4-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
5-Eagle Feather, Hiroshi Kitamura
6-Rhein Schneider, Daichi Shibata
7-Yuranoto, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Le Grand Frisson(USA), Miyabi Muto
9-Strong Barows(USA), Hironobu Tanabe
10-Namura Miracle, Christophe Lemaire
11-Glanzend, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Kluger, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Meisho Utage, Manabu Sakai
14-Molto Bene, Masayoshi Ebina
15-Westerlund, Colm O'donoghue
16-Incantation, Kosei Miura


2018 Daily Hai Nisai S


Nine 2-year-olds assemble for the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday.
The leading contenders could be: Admire Mars, Donau Delta and Danon Justice.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 1,600-meter event is:

1-Yamanin Magia(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
2-Azuma Heritage(by Tosen Jordan) Cristian Demuro
3-Admire Mars(by Daiwa Major) Mirco Demuro
4-Donau Delta(by Lord Kanaloa) Joao Moreira
5-Meiner Flap(by Victoire Pisa) Ryuji Wada
6-Suzuka Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Yasunari Iwata
7-Meisho Shobu(by Daiwa Major) Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Danon Justice(by Kingman) Yuga Kawada
9-Happy Hour(by Harbinger) Shinichiro Akiyama

2018 Fukushima Kinen


Sunday's main event at Fukushima will be the grade three Fukushima Kinen.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entrants are: Air Anthem, Stiffelion and My Style.

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

1-Air Anthem, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Stiffelio, Genki Maruyama
3-Kinsho Yukihime, Katsuma Sameshima
4-Tsukuba Azuma O, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Retro Rock, Hayato Yoshida
6-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
7-Night of Knights, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Meiner Milano, Takuya Kowata
9-Tosen Victory, Kosei Miura
10-Luminous Warrior, Yuichi Shibayama
11-Meiner Honey, Yuji Tannai
12-Maltese Apogee, Keita Tosaki
13-Tomiken Slava, Nanako Fujita
14-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
15-Meiner Frost, Masami Matsuoka
16-Masahaya Dream, Masaki Katsuura


Field drawn for 2018 Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup


A field of 17 fillies and mares is set to run in the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup.
Last year's winner Mozu Katchan, coming off a good third in the g2 Sapporo Kinen, drew post 7.
Normcore, who skipped the Shuka Sho after winning the Shion Stakes, drew post 13.
Lys Gracieux, runner-up in the Fuchu Himba Stakes, drew post 12.
Red Genova, who finished second in the Kyoto Daishoten where the top-rated male runners had raced, drew post 5.
Rose Stakes winner Cantabile, coming off third in the Shuka Sho, drew post 8 with Cristian Demuro on her.

The QE 2 Cup will be run on Sunday, November 11 at Kyoto.

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

1-Happy Yunibansu, Fuma Matsuwaka
2-Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Reiho Romance, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Primera Azul, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Red Genova, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Admire Lead, Kota Fujioka
7-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
8-Cantabile, Cristian Demuro
9-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
10-Vafuram, Kenji Kawamata
11-Smart Layer, Yutaka Take
12-Lys Gracieux, Joao Moreira
13-Normcore, Christophe Lemaire
14-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
15-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
16-Corcovado, Suguru Hamanaka
17-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Nominations for 2018 QE II Cup


A total of 18 horses have been nominated to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The nominations include Cantabile, Lys Gracieux, Mozu Katchan, Normcore and Red Genova.
The grade one QE II Cup will be run on Sunday, November 11 at Kyoto racecourse.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

O'Donoghue gains his first JRA grade victory


Colm O'Donoghue, who has received a short-term license to ride JRA races, gained his first JRA grade victory as he guided Perform a Promise to a 3/4-length victory in the Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo on Sunday. Muito Obrigado was second followed by Makoto Galahad third. The 2,500-meter race was run in 2:33.7 on firm ground.
Perform a Promise, who has now won seven of his 15 races and recorded his second grade victory of the season, is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Stay Gold out of I'll Be Bound, by Tanino Gimlet.

Ange Desir wins JBC Ladies' Classic in photo finish


Ange Desir, dueling with Rabbit Run(USA) throughout the home stretch, won the JBC Ladies' Classic at Kyoto on Sunday. A head behind, Rabbit Run was second with another 1/2-length Fashionista third. Norihiro Yokoyama was aboard the winner to complete the 1,800-meter trip in 1:50.4 on dirt. M. Kon and K. Yasuhara trains and owns, respectively, Ange Desir, who has now won six of his 17 races with more than 191 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Tsuji Farm was the breeder of Ange Desir, a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tickle Pink, by French Deputy.

Graceful Leap takes JBC Sprint


Graceful Leap, holding a good position, got past Matera Sky(USA) near the finish in winning the JBC Sprint at Kyoto on Sunday. Matera Sky(USA), setting the pace from start, finished second, a neck behind the winner. Third was, another 2 1/2-length behind, Kitasan Mikazuki. The winning rider was Christophe Lemaire. The 1,200-meter Sprint was run in 1:10.4.
Trained by S. Hashiguchi and owned by S. Maeda, Graceful Leap has raced 12 times and won 12 of them with more than 373 million jpn yen in career earnings.
North Hills Co. Ltd. was the breeder of Graceful Leap, a 8-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Rabbit Foot, by Seeking the Gold.

K T Brave great late stride in JBC Classic


K T Brave, off the pace early on, displayed a great finishing to win the JBC Classic at Kyoto on Sunday. Omega Perfume produced a late charge to finish second, a 3/4-length behind the winner. Another one length behind, Sunrise Soar was third. Yuichi Fukunaga rode the winner. The 1,900-meter race was run in 1:56.7 on dirt surface.
K T Brave, trained by H. Sugiyama, has now won 11 of his 31 races with more than 551 million jpn yen in career earnings. His breeder is K. Takimoto, who also owns him. 
K T Brave is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Admire Max out of K T Laurel, by Sakura Laurel.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Danon Fantasy shows strong stretch run in Fantasy S


Danon Fantasy came with a strong finishing kick to win the Fantasy Stakes under Yuga Kawada at Kyoto on Saturday. A 1 3/4-length behind, Belles Soeurs finished second with another neck back Juraniville third. Final time for the 1,400-meter turf race was 1:21.1.
Danon Fantasy, who has now won two of her three races, is a Deep Impact out of Life For Sale, by Not For Sale.

Fantasist wins Keisei Hai Nisai S


Fantasist took a lead in the closing stage to win the Keisei Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday. A Will a Way came up a nose short to finish second. Another 2-length behind, Carlino was third. Yutaka Take rode the winner, coming across the line in 1:24.7 over 1,400 meters on turf.
Fantasist, who has now won two as many starts, is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Deep in Ask, by Deep Impact.

Friday, November 02, 2018

2018 Fantasy Stakes


The KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies will be run on Saturday, November 3 at Kyoto.
The leading players among 9 entrants could be: Danon Fantasy, Reve de Kanaloa and Red Beleza.

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

1-Belles Soeursy(by Swept Overboard) Hironobu Tanabe
2-Kashino Tida(by Came Home) Ryo Takakura
3-Juranville(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Ryuji Wada
4-Danon Fantasy(by Deep Impact) Yuga Kawada
5-Love Me Fine(by Just a Way) Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Reve de Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Christophe Lemaire
7-Vanilla Ice(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Hideaki Miyuki
8-Elena Regina(by Novellist) Kota Fujioka
9-Red Beleza(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro


2018 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes


Eight horses will contest in the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday, November 3.
The leading horses are likely: Fantasist, A Will a Way and Aster Pegasus.

The post position with riders for the 1,400-meter race is:

1-Fantasist(by Lord Kanaloa) Yutaka Take
2-Meisho Onite(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Shinichiro Akiyama
3-Koko Fille(by Lord Kanaloa) Keita Tosaki
4-Single Up(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kohei Matsuyama
5-A Will a Way(by Just a Way)
6-Carlino(by Matsurida Gogh) Kosei Miura
7-Aster Pegasus(USA)(by Giant's Causeway) Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Lava Stone(by Nakayama Festa) Teruo Eda

2018 Copa Republica Argentina


Sunday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade two Copa Republica Argentina.
The possible leading contenders among 12 entrants in the 2,500-meter race are  Noble Mars, Ganko, Perform a Promise, Muito Obrigado and Albert.

The field is:

1-Engineer, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
3-Toshin Monstera, Daichi Shibata
4-Ganko, Kosei Miura
5-Makoto Galahad, Yukito Ishikawa
6-Perform a Promise, Colm O'Donoghue
7-Muito Obrigado, Hirofumi Shii
8-Look Twice, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Albert, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Win Tenderness, Masami Matsuoka
11-Ho O Dream, Masayoshi Ebina
12-Vosges, Kota Fujioka

2018 JBC Ladies' Classic


The JBC Ladies' Class for fillies and mares has 16 entries. 
The leading contenders could be: Rabbit Run(USA), who won the Breeders Gold Cup at Mombetsu, Fontana Liri, fourth in the Breeders Gold Cup behind Rabbit Run; Princia Cometa and Queen Mambo, who finished first and seventh in the Ladies' Prelude.

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

1-Iron Tailor, Suguru Hamanaka
2-Fontana Liri, Cristian Demuro
3-Queen Mambo, Christophe Lemaire
4-Rabbit Run(USA), Mirco Demuro
5-Rinehart*, Tsubasa Sasagawa
6-Jewel Queen*, Yasunari Iwata
7-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Viscaria, Taito Mori
9-Salsa Dione, Genki Maruyama
10-Princia Cometa, Yutaka Take
11-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
12-Blanche Coeur*, Norifumi Mikamoto
13-Andes Queen*, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Dear Maruko*, Hideya Sahara
15-Fashionista, Takuya Ono
16-Ange Desir, Norihiro Yokoyama
*-NAR entries

2018 JBC Sprint


16 horses have been entered to the grade one JBC Sprint at Kyoto on Sunday. 
The top finishers in the Oct. 10 Tokyo Hai at Ohi look like strong contenders such as Kitasan Mikazuki, Graceful Leap and Matera Sky(USA).
Other competitive horses could be Let's Go Donki, who returns to dirt surface off fifth in the g1 Sprinters Stakes and Moanin(USA) coming off victory in the Korea Sprint.

The field for the 1,200-meter dirt event is:

1-Nero, Keita Tosaki
2-Nishiken Mononofu, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Kitasan Mikazuki*, Taito Mori
5-Matera Sky(USA), Yutaka Take
6-Graceful Leap, Christophe Lemaire
7-Win Mut, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Nac Venus, Takuya Ono
9-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Nobu Wild*, Seiji Sakai
11-Ensemble Life, Kenichi Shigeta
12-Love Bullet*, Toshiya Yamamoto
13-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
14-Moanin(USA), Cristian Demuro
15-T O Helios(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
16-Nobo Baccara, Norifumi Mikamoto
*-NAR entries
2018 JBS Classic
A field of 16 is set for the grade one JBC Classic at Kyoto on Sunday, November 4.
K T Brave, who has been running well on his last three starts with victory in the g1 Nihon TV Hai last time out, drew post 8. Sunrise Soar, winner of the Heian Stakes earlier this season, who comes here with third in the Sirius Stakes, drew post 4. Sirius Stakes winner Omega Perfume drew post 14.
February Stakes winner Nonkono Yume, who finished fourth in the g1 Nanbu Hai at Morioka last outing, drew post 9.  Apollo Kentucky(USA), runner-up in the Nihon TV Hai, drew post 12.

The post position with riders for the JBC Classic, going over 1,900 meters on dirt, is:

1-Centurion, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Tagano Gold*, Osamu Shimohara
3-Stern Glanz*, Fumio Matoba
4-Sunrise Soar, Christophe Lemaire
5-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
6-Meiner Basara, Keita Tosaki
7-Sound True, Takuya Ono
8-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11-Katsugeki Kitokito*, Masaaki Ohta
12-Apollo Kentucky(USA), Mirco Demuro
13-All Blush, Cristian Demuro
14-Omega Perfume, Ryuji Wada
15-T O Energy(JPN) , Yasunari Iwada
16-Chrysolite, Yutaka Take
*-NAR entries

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 JBC Races


Kyoto Race Course hosts the JBC races for the first time on Sunday, November 4.

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the JBC Classic. The nominations include KT Brave, Nonkono Yume, Omega Perfume and Sunrise Soar.

The JBC Sprint has 19 nominations. The chief nominees are Graceful Leap, Kitasan Mikazuki, Let's Go Donki, Matera Sky(USA) and Moanin(USA).

18 have been nominated to the JBC Ladies' Classic. The chief nominations are Fontana Liri, Princia Cometa, Queen Mambo and Rabbit Run.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rey de Oro takes center stage in Tenno Sho Autumn


Rey de Oro got past Kiseki in the closing stage in winning the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday. Christophe Lemaire held Rey de Oro far off the pace early on before making up ground on the final turn. Sungrazer was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another nose back Kiseki third.
Rey de Oro, trained by K. Fujisawa and owned by U. Carrot Farm, has now won seven of his 11 races with more than 769 million jpn yen in career earnings. 
Northern Racing was the breeder of Rey de Oro, a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamahameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Schon Glanz strong finish in Artemis Stakes


Schon Glanz, with Yutaka Take up, produced a strong finishing kick to win the Artemis Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Beach Samba was second with another 1 1/4-length Aile Voix third. The final time for the 1,600-meter turf race was 1:33.7.
Schon Glanz, whose record has now improved to two wins in three starts, is  a 2-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Lord Quest wins Swan Stakes in photo finish


Lord Quest ended his losing streak when he won the Swan Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. This was his first victory since September 11, 2016 when he took the grade three Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap.
In the stretch for the Swan Stakes, Lord Quest and favorite Mozu Ascot(USA) came from far behind and they looked like getting to the wire in the same level. Lord Quest put his nose in at the line. Guanciale finished third, a 1/2-length behind Mozu Ascot. Mirco Demuro was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter distance in 1:21.5.
Lord Quest, who has now won four of his 21 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Matsurida Gogh out of Matsurida Waltz, by Chief Bearhart.

Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Artemis Stakes


The Artemis Stakes for  2-year-old fillies is run on Saturday, October 27 at Tokyo.
A total of 15 horses have been entered to the grade three 1,600-meter race.
The leading contenders could be: Glacier, Schon Glanz and Mi Diosa.

The post position with jockeys for the Artemis Stakes is:

1-Toss Up(by Just a Way) Yusuke Fujioka
2-Glacier(by Daiwa Major) Hironobu Tanabe
3-Schon Glanz(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
4-Black Dancer(by Black Tide) Yukito Ishikawa
5-Mi Diosa(by Deep Impact) Joao Moreira
6-Lady Dolly(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kosei Miura
7-Kitai(by Dunkirk) Takuya Ono
8-Aile Voix(by Victoire Pisa) Suguru Hamanaka
9-Affranchir(by Heart's Cry) Yasunari Iwata
10-Something Just(by Victoire Pisa) Miyabi Muto
11-Beach Samba(by Kota Fujioka)
12-Azuma Heritage(by Tosen Jordan) Kiwamu Ogino
13-Herinnering(by I'll Have Another) Daichi Shibata
14-Win Zenobia(by Screen Hero) Masami Matsuoka
15-Leidenschaft(by Novellist) Hiroyuki Uchida

2018 Swan Stakes


Kyoto hosts the grade two Swan Stakes on Saturday, October 27.
The possible leading contenders among 11 entries are: Dea Regalo, Reine Minoru, Lord Quest and Mozu Ascot(USA).

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

1-Dolciario, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Saffron Heart, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Besten Dank, Yuga Kawada
4-Dea Regalo, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Guanciale, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
7-King Heart, Ryota Kozaki
8-Lord Quest, Mirco Demuro
9-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
10-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
11-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki

Field set for 2018 Tenno Sho Autumn


A field of 13 horses is set to run in the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday.
Suave Richard, who has won the g1 Osaka Hai earlier this season, comes off a good third in the g1 Yasuda Kinen. He drew post 5.
Last year's Japanese Derby winner Rey de Oro, who has had a good warming-up in the g2 All Comers where he gained a neck victory, drew post 4.
Makahiki, finishing second in the g2 Sapporo Kinen, drew post 6. Sapporo Kinen winner Sungrazer drew post 9. Al Ain, runner-up in the All Comers, drew post 7.

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

1-Staphanos, Colm O'Donoghue
2-Black Moon, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Vivlos, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
5-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
6-Makahiki, Yutaka Take
7-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Danburite, Keita Tosaki
9-Sungrazer, Joao Moreira
10-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
11-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
12-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Action Star, Takura Ono

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Tenno Sho Autumn Nominations


15 horses have been nominated to the Tenno Sho Autumn. The nominations include Suave Richard, Rey de Oro, Makahiki and Wagnerian.
The Tenno Sho Autumn will be run on Sunday, October 28 at Tokyo racecourse.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Exciting finish in Kikuka Sho


After an exciting duel with Etario in the deep stretch, Fierement put his nose in front at the wire in winning the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday. Etario came home a 1 1/2-lnegth in front of You Can Smile in second. The winning jockey was Christophe Lemaire. The final time of the 3,000-meter race was 3:06.1.
Fierement has now won three of his four races under the trainer of T. Tezuka and color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. His career earnings brought to more than 178 million jpn yen.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Fierement, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Lune d'Or, by Green Tune.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Logi Cry takes Fuji Stakes


Having taken a good position, Logi Cry pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from home to win the Fuji Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. A 2-length behind, One to One was second with another nose back Red Avancer third. Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to get the wire in 1:31.7 over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Logi Cry, who has now won five of his 13 races, is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Heart's Cry out of Dream Moment, by Machiavellian.

Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 Fuji Stakes


Saturday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade three Fuji Stakes for 3yo+. 
The leading contenders among 18 entrants could be: Air Spinel, Logi Cry, One to One, Persian Knight and Gendarme(USA).

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

1-Garibaldi, Norifumi Mikamoto
2-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
3-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
5-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
6-Air Spinel, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Win Gagnant, Manabu Sakai
8-Logi Cry, Christophe Lemaire
9-Hakusan Rudolf, Keita Tosaki
10-Young Man Power, Miyabi Muto
11-One to One, Joao Moreira
12-Kluger, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
14-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
15-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
16-Happy Grin, Hiroyuki Uchida
17-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
18-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take


Field of 18 set for Kikuka Sho


A maximum field of 18 is set to run in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday, October 21.
Blast Onepiece, who gained a superb victory in the Niigata Kinen against older horses last time out, drew post 3. Generale Uno, coming off victory in the St. Lite Kinen, drew post 4. Epoca d'Oro, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), who has placed a brilliant second in the Japanese Derby before finishing fourth in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 5. Meisho Tekkon, who won the Radio Nikkei Sho and followed up with a good third in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 6. Etario, who had a 1/2-length second in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 9.

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

1-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun
2-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
3-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-You Can Smile, Yutaka Take
8-Kafuji Vanguard, Hideaki Miyuki
9-Etario, Mirco Demuro
10-African Gold, Fuma Matsuwaka
11-Cosmic Force, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Fierement, Christophe Lemaire
13-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
14-Grandiose, Joao Moreira
15-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Chardonnay Gold, Kota Fujioka
18-Glory Vase, Yuichi Fukunaga

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Nominations for 2018 Kikuka Sho


A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Epoca d'Oro, Etario and Generale Uno. 
Wagnerian, winner of the Japanese Derby, who made a good start off his summer break with victory in Kobe Shimbun Hai last month, skips the Kikuaka and will be heading for the Tenno Sho Autumn. The Kikuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 21 at Kyoto racecourse.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Almond Eye wins Shuka Sho to become filly triple crown


Almond Eye became the fifth filly to win the triple crown races when she won the 2,000-meter Shuka Sho, the final leg of the filly triple crown races, under Christophe Lemaire at Kyoto on Sunday.
Almond Eye showed a sensational finishing speed down the final stretch before getting up to the wire in 1:58.5. A 1 1/2-length behind, Mikki Charm finished second with another length behind Cantabile third.
Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now improved her record to 6-5-1-0 with more than 417 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out ot Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Deirdre takes Fuchu Himba


Deirdre finished from last to first, winning the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. She got past Lys Gracieux near the line to win the 1,800-meter race in 1:44.7 under Christophe Lemaire. A neck behind, Lys Gracieux finished second with another 1/2-length back Frontier Queen third.
Deirdre, who has now won seven of her 19 races, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Reizend, by Special Week.