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