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