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.