Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fine Needle proves himself sprint champ in Sprinters S


Fine Needle, who had won the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, gained a sensational Sprinters Stakes victory at Nakayama on Sunday. He got up in the nick of time to beat Love Kampf by a neck. Rhein Spirit was, another 1/2-length behind, third. Yuga Kawada guided the winner to the winning post with final time of 1:08.3 over 1,200 meters on good ground. Lucky Bubbles(AUS) from Hong Kong did not finish.
Trained by Y. Takahashi and owned by Godolphin, Fine Needle has now won 10 of his 27 races with more than 491 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, September 29, 2018

Omega Perfume takes Sirius S


Omega Perfume took command in the deep stretch to win the Sirius Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday. Before a neck victory, he had to deny challenge by Westerlund. Third was, another 1 3/4-length behind, Sunrise Soar. Ryuji Wada was aboard the winner, coming cross the post in 2:01.5 over 2,000 meters on dirt.
Omega Perfume, who has now improved his record to 6-4-1-1, is a 3-year-old grey colt by Swept Overboard out of Omega Fragrance, by Gold Allure.

Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Sirius Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the dirt grade three Sirius Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday, September 29.
The leading contenders could be: Omega Perfume, Queen's Saturn, Great Pearl and  Sunrise Soar.

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

1-Mikino Trumpet, Yutaka Take
2-Yoshio, Hirofumi Shii
3-Omega Perfume, Ryuji Wada
4-Moon Crest, Daisaku Matsuda
5-Hiraboku la Tache, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Queen's Saturn, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Namura Arashi, Kota Fujioka
8-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
9-Copano Charlie, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Hiro Brave, Katsuma Sameshima
11-Strike Eagle, Fuma Matsuwaka
12-Regent Rock, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
14-Sunrise Soar, Christophe Lemaire
15-Rhein Ruf, Kazuma Mori
16-Westerlund, Yuichi Kitamura

Field of 2018 Sprinters Stakes


A field is set to run in the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday, September 30.
Fine Needle, winner of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen last March, who came into this g1 event off victory in the Centaur Stakes, drew post 8.
Keeneland Cup winner Nac Venus drew post 12. Let's Go Donki, second in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 10. Red Falx, who won this event last two years, drew post 16. Hong Kong g1 winner Lucky Bubbles(AUS) drew post 14.

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

1-Rhein Spirit, Yutaka Take
2-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
3-Once in a Moon, Shu Ishibashi
4-Snow Dragon, Takuya Ono
5-Ares Barows, Yusuke Fujioka
6-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Campbell Junior(AUS), Hironobu Tanabe
8-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
9-Love Kampf, Ryuji Wada
10-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
11-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-Nac Venus, Joao Moreira
13-Teehaff, Yusaku Kokubun
14-Lucky Bubbles(AUS), Brett Prebble
15-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
16-Red Falx, Keita Tosaki

Monday, September 24, 2018

2018 Sprinters Stakes nominations


A total of 22 horses have been nominated to the Sprinters Stakes. The nomination include Fine Needle, Nac Venus, Let's Go Donki, Red Falx and Hong Kong-trained Luckey Bubbles(AUS).
The Sprinters Stakes will be run on Sunday, September 30 at Nakayama racecourse.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wagnerian good warming-up in Kobe Shimbun Hai


Wagnerian, winner of the Japanese Derby, had a good warming-up as he won the Kobe Shimbun Hai at Hanshin on Sunday.  He took a lead in the deep-stretch under Kota Fujioka to win the 2,400-meter Kobe Shimbun in 2:25.6. A 1/2-length behind, Etario was second with another head away Meisho Tekkon third.
Wagnerian, who has now won five of his seven races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Miss Encore, by King Kamehameha.

Rey de Oro wins All Comers


Christophe Lemaire took Rey de Oro on the rail in the final stretch to win the All Comers at Nakayama on Sunday. A neck behind, Al Ain was second with another 3-length back Danburite third. The 2,200-meter race was run in 2:11.1.
Rey de Oro, who has now won six of 10 races, is a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, September 21, 2018

2018 All Comers


Last year's classic contenders meet in the Sankei Sho All Comers with a field of 12 have been entered at Nakayama on Sunday.
Rey de Oro, winner of the 2017 Japanese Derby, drew post 7. Al Ain, winner of the 2017 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), drew post 1. Danburite, who won the American Jockey Club Cup earlier this season, drew post 2.

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

1-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
2-Danburite, Yutaka Take
3-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Meiner Milano, Yuji Tannai
5-Bright Barows, Shu Ishibashi
6-Shonan Bach, Kosei Miura
7-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
8-Gold Actor, Hayato Yoshida
9-Miraieno Tsubasa, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Black Bago, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Air Anthem, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata

2018 Kobe Shimbun Hai


Wagnerian, who won the Japanese Derby last outing, makes his autumn campaign when he lines up in Sunday's Kobe Shimbun Hai at Hanshin. In absence of injured Yuichi Fukunaga, Kota Fujioka rides him to breaks from post 3.
The main rival could be Satsuki Sho winner Epoca d'Oro, who finished second in the Japanese Derby behind Wagnerian. The strong front runner breaks from post 8.

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

1-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Etario, Mirco Demuro
3-Wagnerian, Kota Fujioka
4-Stay Foolish, Yuga Kawada
5-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-Big Smoky, Suguru Hamanaka
8-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
9-Admire Alba, Yasunari Iwata
10-Harvest Moon, Hideaki Miyuki

The Kobe Shimbun Hai is a major prep for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) . It provides a good guidance for the third classic race of the season.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Generale Uno wins St. Lite Kinen


Generale Uno held a good position at second spot to win the grade two St. Lite Kinen at Nakayama on Monday. Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Leyebda with another 1 1/4-length back Grail third. In the hands of Hironobu Tanabe, Generale Uno got the wire in 2:12.1 over 2,200 meters on firm ground.
Generale Uno, who has now won four of his seven races, is a 3-year-old brown colt by Screen Hero out of Shanghai Rock, by Rock of Gibraltar.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cantabile takes Rose S


Cantabile, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, took a lead in the upper stretch on her way to winning the Rose Stakes at Hanshin on Sunday. Salacia was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another 1/2-length back Lathyros third.
The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:45.7 on firm ground.
Cantabile, who has now won three of her six races, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Chanrossa, by Galileo.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 St.Lite Kinen


A total of 15 three-year-old colts will line up in the Asashi Hai St. Lite Kinen, one of the major preps for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), at Nakayama on Monday, September 17.
The leading contenders look to be: Gibeon, Generale Uno, Cosmic Force and Leyenda.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,200-meter event is:

1-Gibeon, Keita Tosaki
2-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
3-Shonan Rasen, Hayato Yoshida
4-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Cosmic Force, Shu Ishibashi
6-Segen, Takuya Ono
7-Breathtaking, Mirco Demuro
8-Meisho Rosetsu, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Hideaki Miyuki
10-Trust Kenshin, Kosei Miura
11-K T Clever, Tetsuya Kobayashi
12-Rey Esplendor, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Double Flat, Akihide Tsumura
14-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
15-Leyenda, Christophe Lemaire



Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 Rose Stakes


A total of 15 fillies will contest in the grade two Rose Stakes, one of the major preps for the Shuka Sho, at Hanshin on Sunday.

The leading contenders could be: Salacia, Satono Walkure, Tosen Bless and Cantabile.

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

1-Red Landini, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Usubenino Kimi, Ryuji Wada
3-Scarlet Color, Keisuke Dazai
4-Lathyros, Shinichiro Akiyama
5-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-All for Love, Yuga Kawada
7-Centelleo, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Satono Walkure, Mirco Demuro
9-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
10-Finift, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
12-Gorgeous Lunch, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Cantabile, Christophe Lemaire
14-Uranus Charm, Yusuke Fujioka
15-Leo Cock Blue, Suguru Hamanaka




Sunday, September 09, 2018

Mikki Glory wins Keisei Hai AH


Mikki Glory, far off the pace in the early, showed a great finishing kick to win the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap at Nakayama on Sunday. A 3/4-length behind, One to One was second with another 3/4-length away Logi Cry third.
Christophe Lemaire steered the winner to get the wire in 1:32.4 over 1,600 meters on turf.
Mikki Glory, who has now won his first grade race, is a 5-year-old brown horse by Deep Impact out of Melissa, by White Muzzle.

Fine Needle back-to-back victory of Centaur S


Fine Needle won the Centaur Stakes for two consecutive years as he beat Love Kampf by a 1 1/2-length at Hanshin on Sunday. Third was Great Charter, a 1/2-length behind the runner-up. Yuga Kawada rode the winner to complete the 1,200-meter distance in 1:08.8.
Fine Needle is a 5-year-old bay horse by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Normcore romps Shion Stakes



Normcore, running behind the leading group at fifth position in the early, went into front with 100 meters to go before reaching the winning post in the Shion Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday. In the hands of Christophe Leamaire, she won it by a 3-length from Mau Lea with another 1/2-length away Randonnee(USA) third. The winning time was 1 minute 58 seconds flat over 1,800 meters on firm ground.
Normcore, who has now won three of her five races, is a 3-year-old grey filly by Harbinger out of Chronologist, by Kurofune.

Friday, September 07, 2018

2018 Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap


Sunday's main event at Nakayama will be the grade three Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap.
The race attracts 15 horses and looks like a open contest.

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

1-Musee Alien, Yukito Ishikawa
2-Logi Cry, Suguru Hamanaka
3-Tosen Duke, Masaki Katsuura
4-Tosho Drafter, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura
6-Shonan Anthem, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
8-Daiwa Liberal, Kazuki Kikuzawa
9-Young Man Power, Shu Ishibashi
10-Mikki Glory, Christophe Lemaire
11-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
12-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
13-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
14-One to One, Keita Tosaki
15-Besten Dank, Katsuma Sameshima




2018 Centaur Stakes


The grade two Sankei Sho Centaur Stakes will be run on Sunday, September 9 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The leading players among 15 entrants could be: Love Kampf, Asakusa Genki(USA), Diana Halo and Fine Needle.

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

1-Matchless Hero, Kiwamu Ogino
2-Love Kampf, Mirco Demuro
3-Admire God, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
5-Regina Forte, Makoto Sugihara
6-Asakusa Genki(USA), Kohei Matsuyama
7-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
8-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
9-Nero, Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
11-Aonbharr, Fuma Matsuwaka
12-Bravissimo, Ryuji Wada
13-Great Charter, Hideaki Miyuki
14-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
15-Win Soiree, Yuji Hishida

2018 Shion Stakes


A total of 16 three-year-old fillies will go for the Shion Stakes, one of the major preps for the Shuka Sho, at Nakayama on Saturday, September 8.
The leading contenders look like Mau Lea, Pioneer Bio, Normcore and Red Belle Rose.

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

1-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
2-Ohana, Shu Ishibashi
3-Pioneer Bio, Takuya Kowata
4-Solace, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Rosa Glauca, Yukito Ishikawa
6-Queen Grace, Kyosuke Maruta
7-Mesarthim, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Randonnee(USA), Hayato Yoshida
9-Curren Ciliegio, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Roman Tesoro, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
12-Avior, Keita Tosaki
13-Hokusen Jo O, Kazuki Kikuzawa
14-Normcore, Christophe Lemaire
15-Red Belle Rose, Kosei Miura
16-Lofty Phrase, Masami Matsuoka

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fantasist takes Kokura Nisai S


Fantasist, held a good position by Yutaka Take, won the Kokura Nisai Stakes at Kokura on Sunday. He won it by a 1 3/4-length from Azuma Heritage with another neck away Miyaji Sylphid third. The 1,200-meter race was run in 1:08.9.
Fantasist, who remained undeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Deep in Ask, by Deep Impact.

Blast Onepiece storms home in Niigata Kinen


Blast Onepiece, running far off the pace early on, stormed home to win the Niigata Kinen at Niigata on Sunday. Maitres d'Art finished a 1 3/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 1/2-length back, Shonan Bach was third. Kenichi Ikezoe rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance in 1:57.5.
Blast Onepiece, who has now won four of his five races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Tsurumaru Onepiece, by King Kamehameha.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Nishino Daisy wins Sapporo Nisai S


Nishino Daisy, far off the pace early on, came with a superb finishing kick to win the Sapporo Nisai Stakes at Sapporo on Saturday. He beat Naimama by a neck with another neck back Courageux Guerrier third. In the hands of Masaki Katsuura, the winner got the wire in 1:50.1 over 1,800 meters.  
Nishino Daisy, who has now won two of hirs three races, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Nishino Hinagiku, by Agnes Tachyon.