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.

Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 Fuchu Himba Stakes

11 fillies and mares will contest in the grade two Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday, October 13.
The leading contenders could be: Soul Stirring, Deirdre, Lys Gracieux and Miss Panthere.

The field for the 1,800-meter race is:

1-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
2-Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Soul Stirring, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Deirdre, Christophe Lemaire
5-Kyowa Zenobia, Katsuharu Tanaka
6-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Maids of Honour, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Admire Lead, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Lys Gracieux, Mirco Demuro
11-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama

Almond Eye tops field in Shuka Sho

Almond Eye, who has dominated the filly classic races with victories in the Japanese Oaks and Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), tops a field of 18 in the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday, October 14. She drew post 11.
The main opponents to Almond Eye could be: Lucky Lilac, who finished second and third in the Oaks and Oka Sho respectively and Rose Stakes winner Cantabile.

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

1-Lathyros, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Cantabile, Yutaka Take
3-Scarlet Color, Yasunari Iwata
4-Randonnee(USA), Keita Tosaki
5-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Pioneer Bio, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Lucky Lilac, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Tosen Bless, Yusuke Fijioka
9-Satono Garnet, Suguru Hamanaka
10-All for Love, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
12-Oscar Ruby, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Mikki Charm, Yuga Kawada
14-Gorgeous Lunch, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
16-Primo Scene, Hiroshi Kitamura
17-Sayakachan, Ryo Takakura
18-Dancar, Mirco Demuro

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Shuka Sho Nominations

A total of 22 fillies have been nominated to the grade one Shuka Sho. The nominations include Almond Eye, Cantabile and Lucky Lilac.
The Shuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 14 at Kyoto racecourse.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Satono Diamond ends losing streak in Kyoto Daishoten

Satono Diamond ended his losing streak as he won the Kyoto Daishoten at Kyoto on Monday. He draw away from the rest in the mid-stretch to win the 2,400-meter race under Yuga Kawada in 2:25.4 on firm ground. Red Genova was, a 1/2-length behind, second with another 1 3/4-length away Albert third.
Satono Diamond, who has now won eight of his 16 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Aerolithe makes all the running in Mainichi Okan

Aerolite, ridden by Joao Moreira, set the pace and went all the way to win the grade two Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Sunday. Stelvio was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another neck away Kiseki third. The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:44.5 on firm ground.
Aerolite, who has now won four of her 12 races, is a 4-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Asterix, by Neo Universe.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Gran Alegria romps Saudi Arabia Royal Cup

Gran Alegria broke badly, but she moved into second place before the final bend, and then her partner Christophe Lemaire took her into front in the mid-stretch en route to winning winning the Saudi Arabia at Tokyo on Saturday. She won the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34 seconds flat by a 3 1/2-length from De Gaulle. Third was, another length behind, Amati.
Gran Alegria, who remained undefeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tapitsfly, by Tapit.

2018 Kyoto Daishoten

A field of 11 is set to run in the Kyoto Daishoten, one of the major preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn, at Kyoto on Monday, October 8.
The leading contenders could be: Satono Diamond, Bless Journey and Cheval Grand.

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

1-Mondo Intero, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Satono Diamond, Yuga Kawada
3-Bless Journey, Ryuji 
4-Red Genova, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Albert, Joao Moreira
6-Kento O, Futoshi Komaki
7-Platinum Bullet, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Cheval Grand, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Smart Layer, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Sanei Gold, Toshiya Yamamoto
11-Win Tenderness, Yuji Hishida

Friday, October 05, 2018

2018 Mainichi Okan

The Mainichi Okan, one of the major preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn, will be run on Sunday, October 7 at Tokyo. The leading contenders among 13 entrants are likely: Aerolithe, winner of last year's NHK Mile Cup who finished a good second in the Yasuda Kinen last outing, drew post 9. Satono Arthur, coming off victory in the grade three Epsom Cup, drew post 4. Keiai Nautique, who won the NHK Mile Cup last May, drew post 2.  Stelvio and Daiwa Cagney drew post 5 and 7 respectively.

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

1-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
2-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Staphanos, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Satono Arthur, Keita Tosaki
5-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
6-San Martin, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Action Star, Takuya Ono
9-Aerolithe, Joao Moreira
10-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
11-Sounds of Earth, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Realista, Shu Ishibashi

2018 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup

8 two-year-old horses will contest in the grade three Saudi Arabia Cup at Tokyo on Saturday, October 6.
The possible leading players are Shadow Emperor, Draupnir and Gran Alegria.

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

1-Shadow Emperor(IRE)(by Just a Way), Ryuji Wada
2-Amati(by Rulership), Kosei Miura
3-Draupnir(by Rulership), Joao Moreira
4-Gran Alegria(by Deep Impact)
5-De Gaulle(by Sakura President), Akihide Tsumura
6-Something Just(by Victoire Pisa), Norihiro Yokoyama
7-Segredo Superior(by Tosen Homareboshi), Kenji Kawamata
8-Taurus Gemini(by King's Best), Hayato Yoshida