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Fifth pick Seiun Kosei sired by Admire Moon captured his first graded title in this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Making his debut in a 1,800m race in June of his two-year-old season, he scored his first win in a 1,200m race in his seventh career start as a three-year-old. Marking three more wins that year, he won his kickoff start this year in the open-class Yodo Tankyori Stakes (1,200m) in January and marked a runner-up effort in his first grade-race challenge in the Silk Road Stakes (G3, 1,200m) three weeks later. This win marked the sixth JRA-G1 victory for trainer Hiroyuki Uehara since winning the 2007 Mile Championship with Daiwa Major. For jockey Hideaki Miyuki, this is his second Takamatsunomiya Kinen title, his first being in 2008 with Fine Grain, and his sixth JRA-G1 victory following his win in the 2014 Champions Cup with Hokko Tarumae.

Four-year-old Seiun Kosei broke smoothly from stall six and rallied to take the lead but eventually settled in fourth to press the pace. Taking a wide route entering the lane, the chestnut exerted a tenacious stretch kick, overtaking the dueling Let’s Go Donki and Red Falx 100 meters out from the outside, and continued to accelerate strongly to widen the gap for a 1-1/4-length victory.

“I raced the colt for the first time but I found him easy to ride from when I rode him at the training. I was told by the trainer that he handled the soft ground well and he ran comfortably in the forward position. He felt really good from the beginning and although I was afraid that I may have slipped him out too early, I believed in him and urged him to go until the wire,” commented Hideaki Miyuki.

Making a good break, second pick Let’s Go Donki was eased back to around sixth from the rear. Finding a narrow gap by the rail at the top of the homestretch, the 5-year-old mare by King Kamehameha rallied strongly with Red Falx and Teehaff at first then with Red Falx in the last 100 meters and managed to edge over the race favorite for second place with her impressive late charge that timed the fastest over the last three furlongs.

Odds-on favorite Red Falx hugged the rails around seventh from the front and dueled strongly with Let’s Go Donki in the last 100 meters for second place but was a neck short to finish third.
Other Horses:
4th: (1) Teehaff—sat behind favorite along rails, rallied with 2nd&3rd-place finishers, weakened in last 100m
5th: (2) Fiero—saved ground in rear pack, accelerated between horses, timed 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
6th: (14) Talking Drum—ran 3-wide in mid-group, switched to outside at early stretch, showed belated charge
7th: (11) Snow Dragon—settled in mid-pack, showed effort but never a threat
8th: (17) Nac Venus—traveled 4-wide in mid-division, lacked needed kick on outer stretch
9th: (13) Solveig—raced 3-wide in mid-group, showed little at stretch
10th: (12) Melagrana—took wide trip toward rear, showed brief effort, unable to threaten
11th: (15) Hiruno Devaro—traveled near rear, turned wide, passed tired rivals
12th: (8) Bakushin Teio—sat in rear division, even paced at stretch
13th: (4) Rhein Spirit—set pace, sustained bid until 300m out, fell back gradually
14th: (10) Xmas—rated outside favorite in mid-pack, showed brief response until 200m marker
15th: (9) Shuji—pressed pace in 2nd, led briefly, dropped back after 300m out
16th: (18) Once in a Moon—ran outside eventual winner, unable to reach contention
17th: (5) Red Arion—trailed in rear, no factor throughout
18th: (16) Tosho Piste—positioned among leading trio, faded after top of stretch

TAKAMATSUNOMIYAKINEN 2017 - Preview 22 Mar 3:36 pm

The year’s first Grade I race over turf - the Takamatsunomiya Kinen -- is hosted by Nagoya’s Chukyo Racecourse this coming Sunday, March 26.

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen, a race first designed in 1971 by Prince Takamatsu and run under the name the Takamatsunomiya Hai, received its current name in 1998, was designated an international race in 2001, and saw its first two foreign-based participants two years later. The current version of the race, which includes the latest renovations to the Chukyo course, dates to 2012.
Long a fan favorite, with its fast pace and stars such as Lord Kanaloa, Curren Chan and Kinshasa no Kiseki, this year sees no strong standout and no foreign-based horses in the lineup either. Last year’s Best Sprinter Mikki Isle, runnerup in last year’s Takamatsunomiya, has been retired. Two certain top picks were knocked out of action in the leadup to the race. Dance Director suffered a break on Feb. 23. Two days later connections of Big Arthur announced that the 2016 record-setting champion was also not running in the Takamatsunomiya due to injury. With no one horse in the 1,200-meter sprint considered a shoo-in step in and headline, the mood is mixed, the outcome forecast murky. Though many fans may feel tempted to pass on a wager, they could miss out on a fat return by doing so.

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen, which is also the third leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, is the 11th race on the Sunday card of 12 at Chukyo. Just a little over a minute from the 3:40 p.m. post time, one horse will rake in 98 million yen of the total purse of over 212 million yen.

Last year, Big Arthur rewrote the record book with a winning time of 1 minute, 6.7 seconds.

Here’s a look at some of the likely top picks.

Red Falx - The 6-year-old gray by the American-bred Swept Overboard surprised last autumn in capturing the Sprinters Stakes and his first top-level win. He had preceded that with a string of dirt races, moved to the turf and won the G3 CBC Sho before claiming the Sprinters. His next hurdle, however, an overseas trip, proved a bit too high with a resulting 12-place finish in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong Sprint. Now back for his first run since Hong Kong, Red Falx has had success over the Chukyo turf and boasts a perfect three for three, with two of those races over 1,200, one a furlong longer. “I thought he would give us a solid run in the Hong Kong Sprint,” says trainer Tomohito Ozeki, “but he mustn’t have been fully recovered from the Sprinters Stakes.”
“Since then, we haven’t overworked him and we’re going straight in to this race. On March 16, I gave him a long workout and his movement was good. He’s had a nice bit of time off and his recovery has gone well. He is very well suited to Chukyo and I’m looking forward to the race.”

Let’s Go Donki - Eighth in last year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen, the 5-year-old daughter of King Kamehameha has recently given her best performances since at the G3 level, including a win last time out in the 1,400-meter Kyoto Himba Stakes. That victory was her first since the 2015 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), and unlike in that race, where she went wire to wire, she won the Kyoto Himba traveling from midfield with a nice display of late speed on a somewhat slow track. Though Let’s Go Donki’s best results over 6 furlongs are two third-place finishes, the Chukyo course, with a hill in his stretch, is suited to the racing style she displayed in the Kyoto Himba Stakes.

Melagrana - The Australian-bred Melagrana, a 5-year-old mare by the Australian champion sprinter Fastnet Rock, scooped two races in a row and jumped from an open-class win to an impressive first in the G3 Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes last time out on March 4 at Nakayama. Following that race, jockey Keita Tosaki said, “Riding her again after three months, I feel she has matured even more from her previous race. She’s a clever horse and I think she can handle any kind of race.” Though her last two wins came at Nakayama, Melagrana has fared well at Chukyo as well, with one win over the distance from her two starts at the venue.

Shuji - Fourth in last year’s Sprinters Stakes, Shuji returned to win the G2 Hanshin Cup amid strong competition, then last time out ran eighth in the G3 Hankyu Hai. That loss was attributed to his being overly agitated. Having less time between races this time, things are expected to go better. A 4-year-old son of two-time Takamatsunomiya winner Kinshasa no Kiseki, Shuji’s best performance at the top level was the Sprinters’ fourth, but a G1 victory is believed to be well within this colt’s reach. “He was agitated for the Hankyu Hai after a layoff,” says trainer Naosuke Sugai. “And he was pressured on his outside and tense during the race. But that should have given him a chance to let off steam and we’ve taken care to watch his mental state since then. He had poor results in the (Chunichi Sports Sho) Falcon Stakes at Chukyo last year but that was over 1,400 meters and on a sloppy surface. He has a fourth place in the Sprinters and ample ability.”

Solveig - Even as a 3-year-old last year, the Daiwa Major-sired Solveig turned in a fine third-place performance in the Sprinters Stakes. Last time out in the Silk Road Stakes, she took the lead for the first time and was pressed from start to finish. She battled gallantly but was overtaken in the stretch. She needn’t lead, however, and a more relaxed run would likely stand her well. The venue this time, in closer proximity to where Solveig is based at the stable of Ippo Sameshima, should also prove an advantage over the long hauls of her three starts before last.

Talking Drum - Last time out, Talking Drum won his first graded stakes race, the G3 Hankyu Hai, on his second start after reaching open-class competition. He has put on muscle and was able to travel up the inside in a style first for him. Though it’ll be his first 6-furlonger in a while, if he can get an economical ground-saving run, he has a chance. “I worked him in tandem on March 16 and pushed him hard. He looks to have maintained his condition. This year, with no big star, I have my hopes up and think he’s up for the challenge,” said trainer Makoto Saito.

Seiun Kosei - With five seconds and five firsts in his last 11 starts, 14 total, Seiun Kosei has demonstrated outstanding consistency. He moved to graded stakes competition from his last start and ran second by a neck to Dance Director in the G3 Silk Road Stakes, a formidable run notwithstanding the 2.5 kg less he ran under. This will be his first time at Chukyo, but he has had success over the left-handed Tokyo as well. The 4-year-old son of Admire Moon is one to keep an eye on. Trainer Hiroyuki Uehara says, “I had jockey Hideaki Miyuki ride work last week so he could get a handle on the horse. He gave him a strong workout and his movement was good. This time he’ll have the long stretch at Chukyo to deal with but he has done well at Tokyo, so I don’t think it should pose a problem. A torn-up track will actually work in this horse’s favor.”

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Summary of Sires results for 2016 07 Mar 6:43 pm

Deep Impact became the champion in the general ranking for the fifth consecutive year.

General Overall Sires Ranking

In the 2016 general ranking in Japan, Deep Impact (sire: Sunday Silence (USA)) who has produced seven generations over his career, became the champion sire in this category for the fifth consecutive year, keeping the top spot from February.

Deep Impact’s colts won all three Triple Crown races with different offspring, that is, Makahiki who won the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1), Satono Diamond who won the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (G1) and Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1) and Dee Majesty who won Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1). By the fact that A Shin Hikari won the Prix d'Ispahan (G1) of French and Real Steel won the Dubai Turf (G1) of Dubai, Deep Impact demonstrates that he is already an international top rank sire.

In second place in the Sires' ranking was King Kamehameha (sire: Kingmambo (USA)). His colt, Duramente won Nakayama Kinen (GII) and was second place in Dubai Sheema Classic (G1). His 2 year old colt, Rey de Oro decisively won the Hope Full Stakes (GII), thus performing brilliantly though being far from the top.

In third place in the Sires' ranking was Daiwa Major (sire: Sunday Silence (USA)), who was also ranked second in the Two-Year-Old ranking. His 3 year old filly, Major Emblem won the NHK Mile Cup (GI) thus performing greatly, and kept a position in the top three.

The full brother of Deep Impact, Black Tide (sire: Sunday Silence (USA)) showed outstanding performance. Kitasan Black, the 2016 JRA Awards horse of the year, won the Tenno Sho (Spring) and Japan Cup (G1) demonstrating an excellent performance through the year and was moved up in rank from 17th place last year to 12th place this year.

General Two-Year-Old Sires’ Ranking

In the Two-Year-Old ranking, Deep Impact became the sixth champion by catching up to last year’s defending champion, Daiwa Major (sire: Sunday Silence (USA)) on December. The major reason that he became champion was that Satono Ares decisively won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

In second place was Daiwa Major. His filly, Reine Minoru won the Kokura Nisai Stakes (GIII), and took third place in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) and kept second place by thus performing well.

Rulership (sire: King Kamehameha) as a first crop sire achieved 6th place in this category and demonstrated a better record than his father.

Though not a horse produced in Japan, Frankel (GB) attracted attention by the winning of two great races by his offspring such as Soul Stirring winning the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Mi Suerte winning the Fantasy Stakes (GIII).

General First Crop Sires Ranking

Rulership (sire: King Kamehameha) who won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) of Hong Kong 2012 became a champion by producing many superb race horses. Though there was no win of a Graded race, his 19 offspring won 21 races such as King’s Rush who won the Fuyo Stakes (L) and Danburite who came in second in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (GIII).

In second place was I’ll Have Another (USA) (sire: Flower Alley (USA)), the USA Double Crown Horse who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. I’ll Have Another’s offspring showed adaptability to turf racecourses as shown in the fact that out of 19 wins, 6 were on grass tracks such as Sigrun who was third place in Artemis Stakes (GIII).
Coming in third was the 2012 Japanese Derby winner, Deep Brillante (sire: Deep Impact). His 18 strong offspring won 21 races such as Obu Spring who won the Floral Cup of Hokkaido Local (NAR) principal race and Dipavamsa who placed 4th in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) of the Japan Racing Association. Fourth was Summer Bird (USA) (sire: Birdstone (USA)) who won the 2009 Belmont Stakes. His 15 offspring won 20 races. It is a shame that he produced only one generation.

JRA = Japan Racing Association
NAR = National Association of Racing (Racing by Local Governments)

*For further details, please visit the following sites.
JBIS http://www.jbis.jp/
2016 General Overall Sires Ranking
2016 General Two-Year-Old Sires Ranking
2016 General First Crop Sires Ranking

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Osaka Hai (G1) becomes first overseas 'Win and You06 Mar 6:41 pm

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) are delighted to announce that the 10 furlong, Group 1 Osaka Hai on Sunday, April 2nd at Hanshin Racecourse has been nominated as a ‘Win and You’re in Race’ for the 2017 renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. This is the first time that a winner from outside of Ireland will gain guaranteed entry to the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes.

The Osaka Hai was first run in 1957 and was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 for 2017. It is open to four years of age and upwards. It has a great history and was won by Orfevre in 2013 before he won the Prix Foy and was runner up to Treve in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe the same year.

The winner of the Osaka Hai will get automatic, complimentary entry to Leopardstown’s flagship race on day one of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Saturday, September 9th. No Japanese horse has ever run in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and it is hoped that this new initiative will help to bring a Japanese Group 1 winner to Ireland this September.

Japanese horses feature strongly in the Longines World’s Best Racehorses each year and this reflects the strength of Japanese racing. More and more Japanese horses are running overseas and this gives audiences around the world the opportunity to see great horses like Maurice and A Shin Hikari who were the Japanese stars of 2016.

Racing fans in Japan have shown a great interest in the major races around the world. Since 2016, Japanese fans have been allowed to bet on a select number of overseas races provided a Japanese horse is running in the race. The QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes is one of these races so this is an additional incentive to have a Japanese runner in Leopardstown in September.

In 2016, The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes was the joint second highest rated race in the Longines World's Best Horse Race Awards. Last year’s renewal was won by Almanzor in a race that contained nine Group 1 winners including Harzand who won the Irish and English Derbys, Found who won the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Highland Reel, the Longines Breeders Cup Turf winner and three Prix du Jockey Club winners, Almanzor, New Bay and the Grey Gatsby.

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland said; Horse Racing Ireland is delighted to partner with the Japan Racing Association to have the Group 1 Osaka Hai as a Win and You’re in Race for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, the first such race outside Ireland. It is an important goal of Leopardstown to have a Japanese runner in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. Pat Keogh and his team are very keen to promote the highlight of Longines Irish Champions Weekend to the widest international audience possible and Japan is very important in that. Last year the race was the joint second highest rated race in the world and the best in Europe. The partnership being announced today is a further development of the excellent relationship which has always existed between the equine industries in Japan and Ireland.

Masayuki Goto, President & CEO of Japan Racing Association said; I am very pleased and honoured that the Osaka Hai, which is newly promoted to Grade 1 race this year, has become the Win and You’re in Race for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. The Irish Champion Stakes is one of the most prestigious races in the world and I am sure that this partnership will not only enhance our new Grade 1 Osaka Hai but will further promote and encourage global racing. It is my earnest wish that through this partnership, our Osaka Hai will develop as one of the great 10 furlongs (2000m) races together with the Irish Champion Stakes. I am truly grateful of the strong relationship between Ireland and Japan, and I look forward to further strengthening this excellent relationship.

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Andrasch Starke receives short-term JRA Jockey's L 03 Mar 6:04 pm

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced that a short-term riding jockey's license will be issued to German jockey, Andrasch Starke.

This short-term riding license is effective from March 2 to April 18, 2017.

Starke, 43, will be primarily riding for owner, Kazuko Yoshida, and Starke's host trainer, Noriyuki Hori, of JRA Miho Training Center.

Starke has a combined record of 48 wins from 584 rides in JRA races.

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