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The JRA sprint G1 is held twice a year―the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in spring and the Sprinters Stakes held early in the fall season. The short-distance category has been a close-fought competition in recent years, and the last horse to have dominated both G1 sprints was Lord Kanaloa (JPN, by King Kamehameha) in 2013.

With no standout horse, the competition is wide open again this year. The field will include four 1,200m-G1 winners as well as other potential sprinters including Hong Kong’s Blizzard (AUS, G6, by Starcraft) who is a group-three winner. Also a fourth-place finisher at G1 level in his home country where the standard of sprint races is extremely high, the improving Starcraft (NZ, by Soviet Star) gelding is bidding to become the third Hong Kong runner to claim the Sprinter Stakes title.

2016 Sprinters Stakes victor Red Falx (JPN, H6, by Swept Overboard) has been consistent at 1,200 meters on turf, registering three wins and one third out of four starts, but has also proved useful up to a mile, having won the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2, 1,400m) and third in the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m) following his third-place finish in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen this year. He will be attempting to defend his Sprinters Stakes title, coming off a four-month break but it should not be an issue as his victory in last year’s race was also following a three-month spell. He has won either coming from way behind or from further up in mid-division and landed three grade-race titles under Mirco Demuro. His rating 116M is as of his third-place finish in the Yasuda Kinen.

Seiun Kosei (JPN, C4, by Admire Moon) is this year’s winner of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Positioned near the leaders in his first G1 attempt, the Admire Moon (JPN, by End Sweep) colt responded well from an early move and landed his first grade-race victory at the highest level. Although his last start in the Hakodate Sprint Stakes (G3, 1,200m) resulted in fourth place, Seiun Kosei nevertheless demonstrated his tenacity in a race where he was positioned second behind an extremely rapid pace which covered the first three furlongs in 32.2 seconds, and while most of the front runners faded in the closing stages, the four-year-old chestnut held on gamely although out-finished by the first three. He has good speed to race close to the pace and outstanding strength to hold off his rivals when contested. He can run on fast ground but make best use of his power over softer ground. He is rated 117S as of his victory in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Big Arthur (JPN, H6, by Sakura Bakushin O), after his victory in the 2016 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, came off another grade-race victory in the Centaur Stakes (G2, 1,200m) for the fall Sprinters Stakes in which he was sent to post heavy favorite but disappointed to 12th in the race, owing to a disadvantage at the stretch where he was completely blocked behind a wall of horses. So, while there is no questioning his ability as a G1 sprinter, there remains a concern as to whether he can perform to his best coming off a long break. He races close up front in his races and has won impressively, wire-to-wire, last year in the Centaur Stakes after covering the first half (three furlongs) in 33.1 seconds, so he could be a key runner in the coming race. His rating 117S is as of his victory Takamatsunomiya Kinen and the Centaur Stakes in 2016.
Facing the above proven G1 winners include those coming off the Centaur Stakes which has produced three Sprinters Stakes winners in the past five years.

Fine Needle (JPN, C4, by Admire Moon) captured his first grade-race title in the Centaur Stakes this year. While his break was nothing spectacular, his quick change of gear allowed him to secure a good position early then further increased his speed once entering the straight for the win. Five of his six career wins are at 1,200 meters and his best finishing time of 1:07.1 is second only to Big Arthur among this year’s field. If speed is to be a factor in the coming race, the Admire Moon colt has a good chance for his first G1 title, and though his rider will change from Mirco Demuro, he is in good hands under veteran Hiroyuki Uchida (currently sixth in the jockey standings). He is a front runner and rated 111S as of his win in the Centaur Stakes.

Dance Director (JPN, H7, by Aldebaran) won the Silk Road Stakes (G3, 1,200m) carrying top weights at 57.5kg in January, and was evaluated even higher after Seiun Kosei, who finished second to the Aldebaran (USA, by Mr. Prospector) entire with 55 kilos, subsequently won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen. His third-place finish following a seven-month break in the Centaur Stakes was also impressive as the seven-year-old bay closed in with great force along the outside to nearly reaching the leading two who had taken a much shorter route. He has good late charge that could mow down his rivals from mid-division or way behind, and he is expected to improve in his second start of the fall season. His rating of 112S is as of his victory in the Silk Road Stakes.

Melagrana (AUS, M5, by Fastnet Rock) is a big Australian-bred mare weighing over 500 kilos. She has had six starts since upgraded to open class among which she has won two and heavily beaten in three―all her defeats were over soft goings resulting from heavy rain. Her wins included the Ocean Stakes (G3, 1,200m) in March and her close finish when finishing fourth in the Centaur Stakes with the fastest finish over the last three furlongs (33.1 seconds) was also impressive. She has also proved well suited to the 1,200-meter track at Nakayama, having won all three starts, and as long as the track conditions stay firm, she has a good chance in finishing up front. She will be partnered by JRA’s current leader Keita Tosaki. She has a good finishing speed from mid-division and her rating of 106S is as of her victory in the Ocean Stakes.

Other notable runners include Let’s Go Donki (JPN, M5, by King Kamehameha) who finally captured her second grade-race title in the Kyoto Himba Stakes (G3, 1,400m) this year after struggling to find her winning form since her three-year-old filly classic victory in the 2015 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m). The King Kamehameha (JPN, by Kingmambo) mare was also outstanding when timing the fastest finish in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and beating Red Falx for second place. However, despite sent to post third favorite in the following Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m), she was overly keen during the trip and beaten to 11th. Comparing the outcome of the two G1 races this year, the sprint distance which flows at a much faster pace seems better suited to the keen and speedy mare. The five-year-old chestnut, who races in mid-field or further back, is rated at 109S as of her runner-up effort in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Hong Kong's Blizzard arrives for Grade 1 Sprinters20 Sep 12:23 pm

Blizzard, the lone contender from Hong Kong for this year’s Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes, arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture early Tuesday morning. The Poon-fai Yiu-trained, 6-year-old gelding was then transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where he arrived at 9:40 a.m., completing about a 10-hour journey from his base at Sha Tin.

“Upon arrival, he looks more relaxed than he does back home,” said assistant trainer Ho Yin Wong. “I have been instructed by the trainer to focus on letting the horse relax. We do not plan to do any fast work here at the JRA Horseracing School.”

Blizzard will look to become the first Hong Kong trained horse to win the Sprinters Stakes since Ultra Fantasy won in 2010. The last Hong Kong challenger of the race, Rich Tapestry, finished sixth in 2015.

The Sprinters Stakes will be run on Sunday, October 1 at Nakayama Racecourse, with a scheduled post time of 15:40 local time.

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Japan duo takes home Korea Cup & Sprint titles12 Sep 11:48 am

Japan-trained London Town and Graceful Leap completed a double of the two Korean Grade 1 races – the Keeneland Korea Cup and Keeneland Korea Sprint – held on Sunday at Seoul Racecourse.

Graceful Leap put Japan on the board first, with Yutaka Take guiding the 7-year-old horse to victory in the 1,200-meter Korea Sprint. Trained by Shinsuke Hashiguchi, Graceful Leap jumped out of the gates well and travelled behind America’s Perdido Pomeroy setting the early pace. Graceful Leap caught Perdido Pomeroy with 300 meters left and never relinquished the lead, winning with a race time of 1:10.7 and finishing 1-3/4 lengths in front of local runner Power Blade. America-trained Doraonpogyeonseon finished another two lengths behind for third.

Graceful Leap, which had finished fifth in his previous race, the Summer Champion, in mid-August, was a 14-1 shot for the race in the Korean market. Take proved his doubters wrong, winning his debut ride Korea.

“The horse was in good condition and getting a great jump was huge – it was an ideal race for him,” Take said. “He hung on well until the end. We had a great crowd and I felt the excitement of the Korea racing fans close by. I’m thrilled to be able to win my first race riding in such atmosphere.”

London Town, the second favorite and ridden by Japan’s Yasunari Iwata, went wire-to-wire to win the Korea Cup, with compatriot and last year’s champion Chrysolite, ridden by Take, finishing four lengths behind in second. The Japanese duo dominated the 11-horse field, with America-trained Papa Shot finishing 17 lengths behind Chrysolite for third.

London Town, a 4-year-old horse by Kane Hekili trained by Kazuya Makita, was fresh off of a record-time win of the Grade 3 Elm Stakes at Sapporo Racecourse in August. He also set the course record in Korea, winning the 1,800-meter Korea Cup in 1:50.7.

Similar to Take, it was also the first ride in Korea for Iwata, who has won major races globally, including Australia, Hong Kong and USA.

"I had the outer barrier draw, so I was thinking of travelling behind Chrysolite. But I got a great jump, so I let him take the lead," Iwata said. "He travelled with a steady pace, so I was able to win rather comfortably. The grandstand and screen at Seoul Racecourse are huge and I enjoyed riding in the enthusiastic atmosphere of the Korea racing fans."

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Satono Diamond, Satono Noblesse finish 4th, 6th in11 Sep 5:25 pm

Japan’s Satono Diamond and Satono Noblesse finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Prix Foy (G2) held at Chantilly Racecourse in France on September 10.

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Eurico Da Silva Claims the Fourth Leg to Grab the 31 Aug 1:18 pm

Eurico Da Silva from Canada skillfully guided fourth-pick Le Grand Frisson to a close but awesome nose victory in the fourth leg to claim the champion title with 47 points. Finishing Day One in seventh by accumulating 16 points from a tenth and a third in the first two legs, he was tied ninth with Mirco Demuro, still 27 points behind Keita Tosaki and Yuichi Fukunaga after finishing 11th in the third leg. Da Silva’s first JRA win in the fourth leg brought him on top with a margin of only two points between Keita Tosaki and Yuichi Fukunaga—tied second—who added one point each by finishing 11th and 13th, respectively, in the last leg. 2015 Champion Joao Moreira, though advancing from 10th at the end of Day One to third after the third leg, retreated to fourth, while defending champion Mirco Demuro was 13th overall.

“I’m out of words—I’m so happy. It took a lot of work to be here. I’m 42 and this came late in my career so I’m just happy to be here with the talented jockeys. It’s a dream come true. I’m also grateful to the Japanese people and the JRA for how they have treated me but most of all, I’m grateful to the fans. They have so much passion and are so excited about the races. My next goal is to go back to Canada and claim the jockey championship for the fifth time”, commented Eurico Da Silva on his overall victory of the series.

Meanwhile, Team JRA, who was ahead by 48 points after Day One, was able to fend off the strong charge by Team WAS to claim the team title for three consecutive years with a margin of 28 points.

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Rank Tipster Race Payoff
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13,910 117,980
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