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Fourth favorite Akaitorino Musume captured the last jewel of the fillies’ Triple Crown, the Shuka Sho, to capture her first G1 title. Out of Apapane, 2010 fillies’ Triple Crown winner, the Deep Impact bay finished seventh in her debut race in August last year then marked three consecutive wins by claiming the Queen Cup (G3, 1,600m) in February this year. Finishing fourth in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) in April, Akaitorino Musume came off a well-fought second, a length behind Uberleben, in the the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) in May. For trainer Sakae Kunieda, this win marked his 20th JRA-G1 title following his win in last year’s Japan Cup with Almond Eye, and his third Shurka Sho victory following his wins with Apapane in 2010 and Almond Eye in 2018. Jockey Keita Tosaki captured his ninth JRA-G1 victory following his Champions Cup title last year with Chuwa Wizard.

Akaitorino Musume broke smoothly and traveled wide in good striking position, around sixth from the front, while eyeing Andvaranaut on the inside. The Deep Impact filly made headway turning the last corners wide, produced an impressive turn of speed entering the lane, overtook race favorite Sodashi at the 200-meter pole and frontrunner A Shin Hiten 100 meters out, and found another gear to pull away from Andvaranaut and hold of the strong challenge by Fine Rouge before the wire.

“There was a strong idle horse in today’s race but I’m really glad we were able to claim the last leg of the Triple Crown. I was able to settle the filly in good position and race her in good rhythm. She responded willingly and stretched really well in the lane. I think she is a strong horse and felt that she has stepped up to the next level. I look forward to her performances going forward,” commented Keita Tosaki.

Second choice Fine Rouge, breaking well from stall 14, settled around 11th and waited patiently until entering the lane when the Kizuna filly unleashed an explosive late charge and closed in on Akaitorino Musume with the fastest last three-furlong drive but finished half a length short in second.

Hugging the rails in fifth, third pick Andvaranaut turned the last two corners two wide, threaded through horses in the stretch while overtaking Sodashi and A Shin Hiten and dueled briefly with Akaitorino Musume but weakened in the last 100 meters, succumbing to Fine Rouge before the wire to finish third.

Quick out of the gate, race favorite Sodashi settled behind frontrunner A Shin Hiten to chase the pace in second. Though showing signs of making bid after entering the lane in second, the Kurofune filly failed to respond after entering the lane and dropped to 10th.

Other Horses:
4th: (5) A Shin Hiten—set pace, sustained lead until 100m out, showed tenacity
5th: (6) Slyly—hugged rails around 9th, quickened between horses in last 200m
6th: (2) Stellaria—raced around 11th, switched to outside, showed belated charge
7th: (10) Art de Vivre—tracked leaders in 3rd, remained in contention until 200m pole, weakened
7th: (15) Another Lyric—traveled 3-wide around 9th, even paced at stretch
9th: (16) Miss Figaro—ran in 13th, angled out for stretch run, lacked needed kick
11th: (1) Through Seven Seas—saved ground around 4th, gradually outrun in stretch
12th: (7) Sulfur Cosmos—settled around 7th, showed brief effort until 200m pole
13th: (11) Uberleben—broke poorly, raced near rear, unable to reach contention
14th: (8) Enthusiasm—traveled around 13th, never threatened
15th: (3) Cool Cat—sat along rails behind eventual winner, failed to respond
16th: (13) Ho O Ixelles—was off slow, trailed in rear, no factor

Shuka Sho (G1) - Preview12 Oct 3:20 pm

Hanshin Racecourse west of Osaka hosts the Grade 1 Shuka Sho this Sunday as renovations continue at Kyoto, the filly classic’s usual venue. The Oct. 17 running will be the Shuka Sho’s 26th. The 2,000-meter turf event is the final race in Japan’s triple crown for 3-year-old fillies and 16 of the 22 nominees are expected in the gate.

The filly triple crown is not on the line this year as it was in 2020, when Daring Tact came through to cap the classic trio with a spotless 5-for-5 record. Excitement will still be high, however, with a lineup sporting bold new blood, strong competition and the pure-white star Sodashi.

And a long rivalry brings added interest as Sodashi and Uberleben meet once again. Sodashi, winner of both the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and the Grade 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) will meet Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) winner Uberleben for their fifth time. Sodashi is currently out in front at 3-1.

The spotlight won’t linger on the Grade 1 champs. Promising standouts include Oka Sho third-place finisher Fine Rouge, and the second, third and fourth-place finishers in the Japanese Oaks - Akaitorino Musume, Tagano Passion and Art de Vivre. In addition, there’s Andvaranaut, just off her first graded-stakes victory and turning heads.

Races are run to the right at Hanshin, the turf 2,000-meter starts before the grandstand and the Shuka Sho will take place on the inner course. The first turn is 325 meters from the gate and the early pace tends to be subdued. Bids from far off the pace are less successful but horses with early speed and the stamina to conquer the homestretch hill tend to do well.

Though the venue change this year will make previous results less relevant, the Shuka Sho top three finishers over the last decade have tended to be popular at the betting windows. That said, the favorite only won three times and made the top 3 four times. Two of the top 3 picks have finished in the top three only once in the last decade and double-digit picks were in the top three only three times in the same period.

The Shuka Sho is the No. 11 race on the Hanshin Sunday card and post time is set for 3:40 p.m. Each filly will carry 55 kg. First place is worth JPY100 million.

Here’s a look at the likely popular picks.

Sodashi: Star Sodashi returned from the first loss of her career, an 8th in the Oaks, to score a more-in-keeping win of the Grade 2 Sapporo Kinen on Aug. 22. Though she ran under only 52 kg, it was a strong win nonetheless, amid a largely male field, older horses and G1 winners. More importantly, it was won over her first start at 2,000 meters, her longest victory yet, and one that lifted the believed jinx on Kurofune progeny’s inability to win at anything over and including 2,000 meters. Unlike Sapporo, with its flat stretch and the type of grass Sodashi is said to prefer, Hanshin has a hill to conquer just before the finish line and Sodashi will have 3 kg more on her back.

Andvaranaut: With three wins and three seconds from six starts, this daughter of King Kamehameha leapt into the limelight when she took on and won her first graded-stakes race last out on Sept. 19, just five months following her debut. The Kansai Telecasting Corp. Sho Rose Stakes, a Grade 2 over 2,000 meters at Chukyo, handed her a ticket to the Shuka Sho. Racing from sixth position, Andvaranaut clocked a blistering field-best 33.8 seconds over the final three furlongs. Though both her starts over 2,000 meters have been at left-handed tracks, she has done well at Hanshin as well and, with regular rider Yuichi Fukunaga expected up on Sunday, should be in good hands.

Fine Rouge: Previously raced over nothing longer than a mile, Oka Sho third-place finisher Fine Rouge took on the Japanese Oaks and disappointed in 11th place. In the Shion Stakes (G3, 2,000 meters) on Sept. 9, she returned to the track after nearly four months and displayed fine form to top a field that included numerous Shuka Sho hopefuls. Based at Miho, this will be only her second long haul westward since the Oka Sho and how she weathers the trip should be noted on raceday. Current jockey leader Christophe Lemaire, who brought the filly home a winner in both his previous rides, is expected in the saddle.

Akaitorino Musume: The blue-blooded Akaitorino Musume heads, as planned, straight from the Oaks to the Shuka Sho. Fourth in the Oka Sho, second in the Oaks, the daughter of triple crown team Deep Impact/Apapane will be given only her second start over longer than a mile. Looking good in trackwork and already having proven she can handle the trip from Miho, the Sakae Kunieda-trained dark bay looks more than capable of bringing the trainer his third win of the Shuka Sho.

Art de Vivre: With a 5-5 from the filly triple crown first two legs, Art de Vivre returned from the Oaks with a run in the Rose Stakes. It was her first time over 2,000 meters, her first race in almost four months, and she failed to move decisively at a key point. Nonetheless, Art de Vivre finished third, 0.3 seconds off the winner Andvaranaut. The King Kamehameha filly has struggled to maintain condition and was far below her winning debut weight of 446 kg for her next three starts. Last out, at 430 kg, her weight was up and maintaining that will be key. Art de Vivre has matured mentally, is reported to have recovered well from her last start and, shipping from Ritto, should have ample chance.

Uberleben: The striking black daughter of Gold Ship won her debut in June 2020 and only missed the top 3 once in her next six starts, all of them at the graded level. Third in the 2-year-old Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Uberleben skipped the Oka Sho and scored her second win in her next G1 bid, the Japanese Oaks at Tokyo. She returned to her Miho later than expected and, as of last week, was showing improvement in work but was reported not quite at her best though this week’s fast work reports may be more promising. Trainer Takahisa Tezuka says he believes her talent will carry her and, with jockey Mirco Demuro expected in the saddle, there’s talent aplenty. If Demuro can ace the Shuka Sho, he will join Yutaka Take, Yuichi Fukunaga and Christophe Lemaire in having won all seven of the JRA Grade 1s open only to 3 year olds.

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Others of interest are:

Tagano Passion returned after her fourth in the Oaks to score a shocking 12th place as second pick in the Rose Stakes. Hanshin 2000 meters, where she broke her maiden, may be more suitable than Chukyo for her.
Through Seven Seas ran second to Fine Rouge in the Grade 3 Shion Stakes. The only time she finished out of the top three was in her only start to the left, her ninth in the Oaks. She is 3-1-2 in her three career starts over 2,000 meters.
Front-running A Shin Hiten was second to Andvaranaut in the Rose Stakes and, since getting more ground, has turned in a consistent 2-4-2 over 2,000 meters, which includes her second behind Stellaria in the Wasurenagusa Stakes over the Hanshin 2,000 meters in April. Stellaria, it should be noted, holds the best time (1:58) of the Shuka Sho field over 2,000 meters and will have a new rider with Yutaka Take expected up.

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Entscheiden's Foret 3rd tops Japan team to Longcha05 Oct 7:04 pm

Of Japan's four hopefuls to Paris Longchamp this year, only one succeeded in making the top three spots - Entscheiden in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret.

Before that, Chrono Genesis and Deep Bond in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe came home in 7th and 14th place, respectively, hampered by going brought on by heavy rains in the week preceding the race. Ikat was Japan's last runner for the day with a 13th in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera.

Though the results were less than stellar, fan support in Japan was sky high, with turnover on betting on the Arc alone amounting to nearly JPY5.4 billion, a record high and nearly double last year's amount.

First up for Japan was the 2,400-meter Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the day's No. 4 race with a local 4:05 p.m. post time. This year marked the 100th running of the world's arguably most prestigious race and the historic event ended in a shocking victory by longshot Torquator Tasso, a German-based 4-year-old colt trained by Marcel Weiss. Trainer Dermot Weld's Tarnawa, race second favorite in Japan, was second. Finishing third was the race favorite Hurricane Lane, trained by Charlie Appleby, who also fielded the 4th-place finisher, Adayar.

Japan's Chrono Genesis managed a seventh place under jockey Oisin Murphy, while Deep Bond, who had captured the Group 1 Prix Foy on Sept. 12 wire to wire, had to settle for last in the field of 14.

Going off as third favorite in Japan, Chrono Genesis was kept wide from the No. 14 gate and away from the pack for the first three furlongs. She continued to race well when Murphy brought her in for position and she chased the leader from just before midway. Chrono Genesis made a good effort in the stretch, but was spent from about 150 meters out.

Chrono Genesis had arrived in France only nine days prior to the Arc some three months after bagging her second Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen in a row. Prior to that she'd just missed winning the Dubai Sheema Classic by a neck following her win of the Grade 1 Arima Kinen (the Grand Prix).

Trainer Takashi Saito expressed his satisfaction with the ride. "She was able to run relaxed and I think her position was good. She looked to still have something left when she turned into the stretch," said the Ritto-based 39-year-old. "But, she couldn't make headway on the heavy track and in the end, she just got tired."

Oisin Murphy, a native of Ireland, said he'd expected a strong pace "so I decided to take her to the outside away from the others and wait to get a position. She traveled smoothly and still felt good at the top of the stretch. But, when I gave her the go sign she wasn't able to pick it up." The 26-year-old Murphy, who has ridden hundreds of races in Japan, added, "The turf was heavy but it was nothing like heavy turf in Japan. It's too bad she's couldn't win. She was in great shape and the staff really did a good job. This doesn't change the fact that she is a star."

Chrono Genesis, a 5-year-old daughter of Bago, has eight wins from 16 starts and has only missed top 3 twice. The Arc was her first time to finish off the board.

Deep Bond, who had given much hope to Japan after his runaway win of the Prix Foy (G2, 2,400 meters) on Sept. 12, was the sixth choice of punters in Japan. Yet to win a top-level race, he came closest with his second in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) this year and had made the board last year in both the Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger). Having enjoyed fast turf in the Foy, however, Deep Bond was to meet his match in the heavy, slippery ground of the main event.

Though ridden by 2020 Arc winner jockey Cristian Demuro in the Foy, it was jockey Mickael Barzalona up in the Arc, with Demuro aboard Raabihah. Breaking from the No. 5 gate, Barzalona stayed wide rear of midfield and urged Deep Bond on from 600 meters. The 4-year-old colt, however, struggling with the ground, quickly tired, and was eased over the final furlong.

"I was told that he would be keen in spots," Barzalona said. "I simply wasn't able to get the position I'd wanted," the 30-year-old Frenchman said. This race was just too much for him. He was exhausted."

Trainer Ryuji Okubo met the finish with concern that something had gone terribly wrong. "I thought he'd been injured," he said of his first Arc runner. "But when I saw how he was moving over the last the final stage, his legs and heart seemed OK."

"He wasn't able to get any traction early on and he ran over the worst ground, but he had no choice. He rallied a bit in the final turn. This feels like the Longchamp baptism," said Okubo.

"The results were unfortunate this time but with the heavy rain this week, Deep Bond was up against a surface that you could say he had yet to experience. I did have my hopes up though and I heard from Barzalona that he was unable to get a forward position. The horse gave it his all but was exhausted."

"He's been checked and there's nothing wrong. I'm hoping to get back on our feet and move forward," Okubo said.

Deep Bond was unable to better sire Kizuna's Arc result, a 4th-place finish in 2013 after winning the Prix Niel (G2, 2,400 meters).

There was also no luck to be had by the only Japanese jockey riding in the Arc - Yutaka Take. Take was not on a Japan-based horse, but with the Aidan O'Brien-trained, Japanese-owned Broome, who had finished second to Deep Bond in the Prix Foy and only managed an 11th-place result in the Arc. "He was slow at the break but we were able to recover nicely and get a good position," said Take. "He traveled well but was starting to flag going in to the stretch.

"I'm feeling quite proud to have been given a leg up by Aidan O'Brien and definitely hope to come back next year and win," said the 52-year-old Take, who was riding in his sixth Arc and for the first time for a non-Japan-based trainer. Take's previous Arc rides include Kizuna in 2013 and Deep Impact, who in 2006, crossed the line in third place but was later disqualified.

Japan-based horses last made the top three in the Arc in 2013, when Orfevre finsihed second for the second year in a row. Japan has yet to win the Prix de l'Arc Triomphe, a prize they've sought since 1969, when Speed Symboli took on the challenge under jockey Yuji Nohira.

On the heels of the Arc was the Prix de l'Opera, a 2,000-meter top-level distaff race. Japan's 4-year-old Deep Impact filly Ikat, the second Japan-based horse to take on the Prix de l'Opera, finished 13th of 14 to match L'Arc's 13th-place finish in the race in 2018.

"She was in good shape," said trainer Takashi Saito, "but the ground just didn't suit. She couldn't get any traction the whole way." Rider Oisin Murphy praised his mount. "She really tried hard but the ground was incredibly slow and not for her."

The 1,400-meter Group 1 Prix de la Foret had a 6 p.m. post time and was won by the Irish-bred Space Blues under William Buick. Japan's Entscheiden, a longshot locally, revenged the poor assessment of his chances with a third-place finish under jockey Ryusei Sakai amid the field of 15.

Sakai gave the Yoshito Yahagi-trained Entscheiden an aggressive ride that saw the 6-year-old pressing the leader Pearls Galore at the 200-meter mark, but the gray had no more to give in the final strides and was passed by winner Space Blues. "He was in excellent condition," said Sakai of Entscheiden, "and I'd been looking forward to the race. It was a G1 though and the lineup was strong. I really did think he was going to win for a moment. He gave it his all."

The Deep Impact-sired Entscheiden was Japan's third runner in the Foret and bettered both Blarney Stone's 8th in 2013 and Geniale's 14th in 2018.

Please refer to the following website for further details.

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Results of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Results of Prix de l'Opera
Results of Prix de la Foret

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Three-Year-Old Pixie Knight Draws Away Strongly in04 Oct 10:41 am

Third favorite Pixie Knight displayed a smooth and impressive run against his older foes to become the first three-year-old since Aston Machan in 2007 (and sixth since the Sprinters Stakes was given G1 status in 1990) to claim the title and his first G1 victory. The colt has also given his sire Maurice his first G1 title. Pixie Knight immediately broke his maiden in his debut start and landed his first graded win in the Shinzan Kinen (G3, 1,600m) this January. After a fourth and 12th that followed in the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) and NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m), respectively, the son of Maurice was pointed towards shorter distances instead where he immediately demonstrated his talent with runner-up efforts both in the CBC Sho (G3, 1,200m) in July and the Centaur Stakes (G2, 1,200m) three weeks earlier. Trainer Hidetaka Otonashi grabbed his 14th JRA-G1 win, his last in last year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen with Mozu Superflare. Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, who celebrated his Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) victory with Shahryar in May, has now landed 31 G1 wins overall.

Following a clean break, Pixie Knight ran on the rails in third a length behind Bien Fait who ran on the outside and a couple of lengths from pacesetter Mozu Superflare. As the field straightened away, the Maurice colt slipped through a narrow gap that emerged between the two in front, found his best stride and easily powered clear 150 meters out to cross the wire a two-length winner.

“I had several ideas and tactics of where to position him, but it turned out that we got the best position than anyone could have hoped for. From the beginning of his career, I’ve always believed in the strength and potential this colt obtains and have voiced it too, but to be honest, I never thought he would give such a strong performance and land a G1 win this fast. He’s still not physically balanced yet but he will improve, mature and definitely become a target to beat in numerous future sprint races in or outside the country,” commented Yuichi Fukunaga after the race.

Second pick Resistencia settled in fourth a 1/2-length behind and outside Pixie Knight, chased and successfully passed the two frontrunners 100 meters out but failed to threaten the eventual winner while holding off Shivaji in a fierce duel for the runner-up seat.

Sent off tenth favored, Shivaji broke from the innermost stall, followed Pixie Knight on the rails and after struggling to find room in early stretch, could not keep up with the burst of speed of the eventual winner but threatened Resistencia who closed in from the outside to finish a head behind the filly in third.

Race favorite Danon Smash sat three-wide in fifth to sixth right on the heels of rival Resistensia and remained a factor into the stretch but never unleashed his patented good turn of foot to finish sixth.

Other Horses:
4th: (6) Meikei Yell—advanced to 7th on outer route, accelerated well but failed to threaten top 3 finishers
5th: (16) Mozu Superflare—set pace from widest stall, outrun after 150m out
7th: (8) Bien Fait—tracked leader in 2nd, remained in contention until 100m out, weakened
8th: (9) Kurino Gaudi—traveled 3-wide around 7th, lacked needed kick
9th: (2) Mikki Brillante—saved ground around 7th, even paced
10th: (3) Loving Answer—ran around 12th, passed tired rivals at stretch
11th: (11) Gendarme—positioned around 7th, switched to outside rounding corners, never fired
12th: (7) Taisei Vision—trailed in rear, showed belated charge, fastest over last 3 furlongs
13th: (10) Eighteen Girl—sat 2nd from rear, circled wide, unable to reach contention
14th: (13) A Will a Way—hugged rails in 14th, angled out, never a threat
15th: (5) First Force—raced around 7th, showed little at stretch
16th: (15) Lord Aqua—traveled 3-wide around 13th, no factor

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Exclusive Topics for JAPAN AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL 2001 Oct 2:50 pm

Welcome back to our annual series of newsletters leading up to the 2021 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m). The fall racing season is heading towards the Japan Autumn International Series, which will be held over a period of four weekends between November 14 and December 5 and which comprises four prestigious G1 races: the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,200m), Mile Championship (G1, 1,600m), Japan Cup, and Champions Cup (G1, dirt, 1,800m). Total prize money for the four G1 events will amount to ¥1.37 billion (US$13 million), with additional bonuses for winners of designated overseas G1 events who also finish within the top three in any of the four races. Also, winners of designated overseas races who finish outside the top three places in the Japan Cup will still be guaranteed an incentive of US$200,000.

Features in the Tenno Sho (Autumn), Japan Cup, and Arima Kinen

In its 40th anniversary last year, the Japan Cup attracted world-wide attention, becoming the highlight of the season despite only one contender participating from abroad. The incredible card featured superstar mare Almond Eye (JPN, by Lord Kanaloa), who lived up to all expectations and romped to her ninth G1 triumph while beating the colt and fillies’ Triple Crown champions of the season, Contrail (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact) and Daring Tact (JPN, F4, by Epiphaneia), both with undefeated records. The queen had no problem in taking the lead at half-stretch from sitting in fourth and held off the fast-closing Contrail and Daring Tact to prevail by a 1-1/4-length margin, capping off an extraordinary racing career that will go down in history. Behind the two three-year-old stars was Curren Bouquetd’or (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact), who beat Glory Vase (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact) by a neck in a close battle for fourth. It is somewhat of a surprise that none of the four who finished closest to Almond Eye that day has registered a win since.

Contrail kicked off the season in the Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) in April but succumbed to the heavy rain that afternoon and failed to display his good closing kick from behind and finished third. Struggling to recover from the effort, it was decided that he sit out the initially planned Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m) start in June. His connections have announced that his come-back start this autumn will be in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m) and that the Japan Cup and/or Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m) on December 26 will most likely be his next destination.

Daring Tact commenced the season in the Kinko Sho (G2, 2,000m) in March but failed to catch the longest shot of the ten-horse field and gate-to-wire winner, Gibeon (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact), and was a neck short in second place. The Epiphaneia filly ran in Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,000m) next and after making an early bid from a good striking position, she was caught by fellow Japanese foes Loves Only You (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact) and Glory Vase near the wire, finishing third. After returning from her first overseas challenge, the filly was diagnosed with ligamentitis in her right foreleg and is now focused on a swift recovery.

Curren Bouquetd’or was the only Japan Cup finisher in the top five to run in the year-end Arima Kinen four weeks later, where she tied with World Premiere (JPN, H5, by Deep Impact) in fifth. This season, the five-year-old mare, winless since May 2019, has shown consistent performances in the three races she has run so far. She dug in strongly in a runner-up effort in the Nikkei Sho (G2, 2,500m) in March, held on well to finish third in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1, 3,200m) in May, and marked a fourth in the Takarazuka Kinen. She will attempt to score her first graded win in her autumn campaign, which will begin in the Tenno Sho (Autumn).

Glory Vase raced twice in this year’s spring season, first in the Kinko Sho, where the race development and turf condition worked against him to put him in fourth place. In his next Queen Elizabeth II Cup start in Hong Kong, the six-year-old dug in gamely from behind and secured a 3/4- length second. The 2019 Hong Kong Vase (G1, 2,400m) victor commenced his autumn campaign in the All Comers (G2, 2,200m) on September 26, where he remained a factor up to the final half-furlong and was third to cross the wire. He will most likely make a second Japan Cup bid or else embark on a third overseas campaign to challenge the Hong Kong International Races in December.

Among the 6th-9th place Japan Cup finishers, Mikki Swallow (JPN, by Tosen Homareboshi; 7th) was sent to stud, while World Premiere (6th), for whom the Japan Cup was actually a comeback race from an 11-month lay-off, finished three lengths behind Glory Vase in sixth and has shown improvement in form since. He was tied in fifth with Curren Bouquetd’or in the following Arima Kinen and then kicked off the present season with a good third in the Nikkei Sho. In the Tenno Sho (Spring), his main target of the first half of the year, the five-year-old burst out in the straight with perfect timing from traveling in seventh and put away Deep Bond (JPN, C4, by Kizuna), this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe candidate, by a 3/4 length in claiming his much awaited second G1 title since winning the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) in 2019. World Premiere is scheduled to be at the gate of the Tenno Sho (Autumn), and then, depending on how he fares, will either be pointed towards the Japan Cup or the Hong Kong International Races.

Kiseki (JPN, H7, by Rulership; 8th) raced four times since his Japan Cup endeavor. Although the son of Rulership was beaten to 12th in the following Arima Kinen, he has been rather consistent this year, marking a fifth, fourth, and fifth in the Kinko Sho, Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and Takarazuka Kinen. The 2017 Kikuka Sho champion will return from a well-rested summer break and run in the Kyoto Daishoten (G2, 2,400m) on October 10 ahead of another couple of challenges that may include a shot at the Hong Kong International Races. Makahiki (JPN, H8, by Deep Impact; 9th) made only one appearance this season, at the Tenno Sho (Spring), placing eighth. The 2016 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) champion will commence his fall campaign in the Kyoto Daishoten as well.

Those who finished 12th to 15th in last year’s Japan Cup: You Can Smile (JPN, H6, by King Kamehameha; 12th) started the season with a promising runner-up effort in the Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m) but came seventh and sixth in his next two starts; Crescendo Love (JPN, H7, by Stay Gold; 13th) strived to defend his Tanabata Sho (G3, 2,000m) title in July but was heavily defeated at 14th; Taurus Gemini (JPN, H5, by King’s Best; 14th) won a head-to-head duel in claiming his first graded title, the Tanabata Sho, but dropped away disappointingly in the Sapporo Kinen (G2, 2,000m) and finished 10th; and Yoshio (JPN, H8, by Johannesburg; 15th) marked a fourth, his seasonal best among five starts so far.

Horses unraced in the Japan Cup last year and pointed towards the Tenno Sho (Autumn), Japan Cup or Arima Kinen this season will include 2020 Best Sprinter or Miler Gran Alegria (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact). The five-time G1 winner of races ranging from 1,200 to 1,600 meters made her 2,000-meter race debut this year in the Osaka Hai, where she came fourth. She hopes to better her performance at the same distance in the Tenno Sho (Autumn). It remains to be seen whether she will aim for a back-to-back Mile Championship (G1, 1,600m) title on November 21 or head for another challenge.

Danon Kingly (JPN, H5, by Deep Impact) ran strongly in the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m) in June as eighth favorite and held off fast-closing defending champion Gran Alegria by a head to claim his first G1 victory. The five-year-old will start in the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) on October 10 before targeting the Tenno Sho (Autumn).

Unicorn Lion (IRE, H5, by No Nay Never) has shown promising results in the first half of the season, landing his first graded victory in the Naruo Kinen (G3, 2,000m) in June and running tenaciously against this year’s Arc entrant Chrono Genesis (JPN, M5, by Bago) in a runner-up effort in the Takarazuka Kinen. The five-year-old was looking to notch up his first G1 win after his fall kick-off start, the Kyoto Daishoten, but was found to be suffering from an infection—seedy toe—in his hoof in late September, and his connections were forced to abandon his fall plan.

Hishi Iguazu (JPN, H5, by Heart’s Cry) stretched his winning streak to four with his Nakayama Kinen (G2, 1,800m) victory in February and has been given a lengthy rest since. The Heart’s Cry horse will return this fall in his first G1 challenge, the Tenno Sho (Autumn).

Among the remarkable three-year-olds, eyes are on Efforia (JPN, C3, by Epiphaneia), who will pass up the Kikuka Sho, the last leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, and test his strength against older horses instead. The Epiphaneia colt swept three consecutive races from his debut, which included a G3 title, and went on to demonstrate an impressive performance, bursting out at the last turn from a good inner position to easily claim the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) by a convincing three-length margin in April. In the following Tokyo Yushun, he made his bid with perfect timing but was caught at the wire by Shahryar (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact) and came second by a nose. Efforia’s connections have decided to send him to the Tenno Sho (Autumn) and then most likely the year-end Arima Kinen.

Derby victor Shahryar broke his maiden in his debut start, marked a third behind winner Efforia in the Kyodo News Hai (G3, 1,800m), and then landed his first graded win in the Mainichi Hai (G3, 1,800m) that followed. Well rested and in good form after sitting out the Satsuki Sho, the Deep Impact colt showed a tremendous closing kick in beating Efforia by a whisker in the Tokyo Yushun. He commenced his fall campaign in the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,200m) on September 26, where the colt had little left in the last half-furlong from struggling on the rain-sodden track and finished fourth, five lengths behind the winner.

Sprint, Older Fillies & Mares, Mile, Dirt, and Steeplechasing

The opening G1 event of the 2021 JRA fall season, the Sprinters Stakes (1,200m) will be held on October 3 without Gran Alegria, who won the title last year but opted to aim for the Tenno Sho (Autumn) instead this year, leaving Danon Smash (JPN, H6, by Lord Kanaloa) as a probable favorite. The son of Lord Kanaloa won back-to-back G1 titles in the 2020 Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m) and Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1,200m) in March but was unsuccessful in his bid for a third straight title in the following Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1, 1,200m), finishing sixth. He will kick off this fall in his attempt for his third G1 victory in the Sprinters Stakes before returning to Hong Kong again in December to defend his title in the Hong Kong Sprint.
Resistencia (JPN, F4, by Daiwa Major), who just missed by a neck in second to Danon Smash in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, disappointingly finished sixth in her following start in the Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m). She bounced back to score her fourth grade-race victory in her fall comeback at the Centaur Stakes (G2, 1,200m) on September 12, and is in good form towards claiming her second G1 victory after the 2019 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1,600m). Meanwhile, 2020 NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) winner Lauda Sion (JPN, C4, by Real Impact) was inconsistent this season, finishing 14th in both the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and the Yasuda Kinen and a disappointing 13th again in the Centaur Stakes, although he managed to add another grade-race victory in May in the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2, 1,400m). The Real Impact colt will be stepping down in class this fall, running in the Fuji Stakes (G2, 1,600m) on October 23 instead of the Sprinters Stakes.

Other key runners in the fall sprint G1 will include Bien Fait (JPN, G4, by Kizuna), winner of the Hakodate Sprint Stakes (G3, 1,200m) on June 13; First Force (JPN, H5, by Lord Kanaloa), a record-breaking winner of the CBC Sho (G3, 1,200m) on July 4; and 2020 Takamatsunomiya Kinen victor Mozu Superflare (USA, M6, by Speightstown).

This year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup for three-year-old and up fillies/mares will not include 2019-20 champion Lucky Lilac (JPN, by Orfevre), who is now retired. Loves Only You (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact), who was third to Lucky Lilac in both years, will also be away for her overseas challenge in the Breeders’ Cup, so all eyes are on Lei Papale (JPN, F4, by Deep Impact), who was unbeaten in six starts since her debut.

The Deep Impact filly was defeated for the first time in the following Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m), while still managing to secure a place at third, and missed the board for the first time in fourth place when sent to the post as race favorite in her fall debut at the All Comers on September 26, in which Win Marilyn (JPN, F4, by Screen Hero) claimed her third grade-race title. Victoria Mile runner-up Rambling Alley (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact), also slated to enter the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, finished further back in seventh.

This year’s Victoria Mile third-place finisher Magic Castle (JPN, F4, by Deep Impact) and the Hanshin Himba Stakes (G2, 1,600m) victor Des Ailes (JPN, F4, by Deep Impact) will also be running in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup following their start in the Fuchu Himba Stakes (G2, 1,800m) on October 16, which is the main prep for this race. Furthermore, the three-year-old filly hopefuls will challenge their seniors coming off their outing in the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m), the final leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown, on October 17.

The Mile Championship on November 21 will include the 2019 winner of this race, Indy Champ (JPN, H6, by Stay Gold). The consistent son of Stay Gold will be coming off a five-month break following a fourth-place finish in the Yasuda Kinen, which follows the same race plan of last year in which he finished second in the Mile Championship after a third in the Yasuda.

This year’s NHK Mile Cup champion Schnell Meister (GER, C3, by Kingman), who finished an impressive third against his seniors in the Yasuda Kinen, will make his fall comeback in the Mainichi Okan and could be one of the three-year-olds to threaten older G1 caliber in the Mile Championship, joining Danon the Kid (JPN, C3, by Just a Way), who is already slated to run this year. The Just a Way colt, who won his first G1 title as a two-year-old in the Hopeful Stakes (G1, 2,000m), was the race favorite in the first leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, the Satsuki Sho, but finished 15th and later was found to have sustained a chip fracture in his right radial tuberosity and sidelined for an extended period. Although recognized for his outstanding performance at 2,000 meters, Danon the Kid will resume racing this fall starting with a distance of 1,600 meters in the Fuji Stakes, which will also include NHK Mile Cup runner-up Songline (JPN, F3, by Kizuna) as well as Sekiya Kinen (G3, 1,600m) victor Lotus Land (USA, F4, by Point of Entry). He will then go on to the Mile Championship.

Another talented three-year-old colt and 2020 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes victor Grenadier Guards (JPN, C3, by Frankel) registered a third behind Schnell Meister and Songline in the NHK Mile Cup, and after a summer break, also finished third in the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap (G3, 1,600m) on September 12. He will head directly to the Mile Championship, instead of the original plan to challenge the Breeders’ Cup Mile in the US.

Cadence Call (JPN, H5, by Lord Kanaloa), three-time grade-race winner at a mile, will kick off his fall campaign with the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) on October 10 before heading for the Mile Championship. Other possible runners in the mile G1 event include Catedral (JPN, H5, by Heart’s Cry), victor of the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap; Salios (JPN, C4, by Heart’s Cry), 2019 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m) winner; and those from the Sprinters Stakes such as Resistencia, as well as starters in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) such as Gran Alegria and Danon Kingly.

2020 Best Dirt Horse and Champions Cup victor Chuwa Wizard (JPN, H6, by King Kamehameha) continued to impress in his second start this season, finishing second in the Dubai World Cup (G1, dirt, 2,000m) in March. However, he sustained a proximal phalanx fracture in his right foreleg after finishing sixth in his following start in June, the Teio Sho (dirt, 2,000m)—his return to racing is still undetermined.
Meanwhile, Chrysoberyl (JPN, H5, by Gold Allure), the 2019 Champion Cup winner and fourth-place horse last year, also sustained an injury to his annular ligament in his right hind leg late last year but made his comeback start on September 29 in the Nippon TV Hai (dirt, 1,800m) , where he was outrun after racing in second position early and finished sixth.

Cafe Pharoah (USA, C4, by American Pharoah), sixth last year in the Champions Cup, marked his first G1 victory this year in the February Stakes (G1, dirt, 1,600m) but finished fifth in the following Kashiwa Kinen (dirt, 1,600m) in May, then made an unsuccessful test on turf in the Hakodate Kinen (G3, 2,000m) in July where he finished ninth. Hopefully he will bounce back in his fall campaign in preparation for the Champions Cup on December 5.

2019 February Stakes champion Inti (JPN, H7, by Came Home), who was third in both his 2019 and 2020 Champions Cup starts, will make his fall comeback in the Mile Championship Nambu Hai (dirt, 1,600m) on October 11, as will Air Spinel (JPN, H8, by King Kamehameha), second to Cafe Pharoah by a 3/4 length in this year’s February Stakes, and Wide Pharaoh (JPN, H5, by Henny Hughes), victor of 2020’s Kashiwa Kinen.

2018-20 Tokyo Daishoten (G1, dirt, 2,000m) victor Omega Perfume (JPN, H6, by Swept Overboard), four-time grade-race winner Clincher (JPN, H7, by Deep Sky), and this year’s Teio Sho champion T O Keynes (JPN, C4, by Sinister Minister) will commence their fall campaign in the JBC Classic (dirt, 2,100m) on November 3.

The Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1, 4,100m), held on December 25, is the second of two steeplechase events graded at J-G1 to determine the season’s best jumper, and Meisho Dassai (JPN, H8, by Suzuka Mambo), already with one J-G1 victory in the Nakayama Grand Jump (J-G1, 4,250m) in April, is expected to win his second consecutive JRA Award as the season’s Best Steeplechase Horse by defending the Nakayama Daishogai title, won last year. The son of Suzuka Mambo will kick off this fall with the Kyoto Jump Stakes (J-G3, 3,140m) on November 13.

Legendary jumper Oju Chosan (JPN, H10, by Stay Gold) was trying for his sixth consecutive triumph in this year’s Nakayama Grand Jump but was diagnosed with a proximal phalanx fracture to his left foreleg after finishing fifth. The son of Stay Gold is due to make his comeback start on October 17 in the Tokyo High-Jump (J-G2, 3,110m) before heading for the Nakayama Daishogai.

Towards the final legs of the three-year-old Triple Crown

One of the three-year-old fillies who is the focus of attention this year is Sodashi (JPN, F3, by Kurofune), possibly the first white filly to win a G1 in the world. Undefeated in four starts as a two-year-old, including the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) that earned her the JRA Award Best Two-Year-Old Filly title last year, she captured her second G1 title in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) in April this year while setting a course record time. Though experiencing her first defeat, finishing eighth in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) in May due to the long distance, the Kurofune filly won the Sapporo Kinen (G2, 2,000m) on August 22 after a three-month break, defeating three older G1 horses. The filly aims to capture her third G1 title in the last leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown, the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m), on October 17.

Satono Reinas (JPN, F3, by Deep Impact), who finished a nose and a neck second to Sodashi in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and the Oka Sho, respectively, attracted attention as the first filly in seven years to run in the Tokyo Yushun and finished fifth against male contenders. Though she was slated to start her autumn season in the Shuka Sho together with stablemate and Yushun Himba runner-up Akaitorino Musume (JPN, F3, by Deep Impact), Satono Reinas was found to have sustained a bone fracture in her right hind leg, ruling her out of racing for at least half a year. Meanwhile, Yushun Himba winner Uberleben (JPN, F3, by Gold Ship) was diagnosed with a minor tendon injury after the race, and although it took some time for her to return to training, she will start in the Shuka Sho if she can recover her form in time.

The Shion Stakes (G3, 2,000m) on September 11, one of the trial races towards the Shuka Sho, was claimed by Oka Sho third-place finisher Fine Rouge (JPN, F3, by Kizuna), who captured her second graded title following the Fairy Stakes (G3, 1,600m) in January. Through Seven Seas (JPN, F3, by Dream Journey) and Miss Figaro (JPN, F3, by Deep Impact) came in second and third, respectively, to earn berths in the Shuka Sho, while Japanese Oaks third-place finisher Hagino Pilina (JPN, F3, by Kizuna) finished eighth.

Fourth pick Andvaranaut (JPN, F3, by King Kamehameha) won the Rose Stakes, another trial race held on September 19, followed by 12th choice A Shin Hiten (JPN, F3, by A Shin Hikari), finishing 1-1/4 lengths behind in second. Race favorite Art de Vivre (JPN, F3, by King Kamehameha), who was fifth in both the Oka Sho and the Yushun Himba, finished another half a length behind in third, while third choice Cool Cat (JPN, F3, by Screen Hero), Flora Stakes (G2, 2,000m) champion, was 11th, and Yushun Himba fourth-place finisher Tagano Passion (JPN, F3, by King Kamehameha) came in 12th.

As mentioned earlier, Satsuki Sho winner Efforia will pass the last leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, the Kikuka Sho, on October 24 and head for the Tenno Sho (Autumn).

The following trial races were held ahead of the Kikuka Sho. The St. Lite Kinen (G2, 2,200m) on September 20 was won by ninth pick Asamano Itazura (JPN, C3, by Victoire Pisa), who registered his first graded title with a neck victory. Orthoclase (JPN, C3, by Epiphaneia), who was coming off a second in the year-end Hopeful Stakes, was third, while Spring Stakes (G2, 1,800m) victor Victipharus (JPN, C3, by Heart’s Cry) and Keisei Hai (G3, 2,000m) winner Gratias (JPN, C3, by Heart's Cry) finished fifth and ninth, respectively.

This year’s Satsuki Sho runner-up Titleholder (JPN, C3, by Duramente) dropped back to 13th after meeting traffic entering the lane. So Valiant (JPN, C3, by Orfevre), runner-up, is expected to pass on the Kikuka Sho due to his slow recovery.

Stella Veloce (JPN, C3, by Bago), who was third in both the Satsuki Sho and the Tokyo Yushun, won the Kobe Shimbun Hai held on September 26, followed by Kyoto Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,200m) champion Red Genesis (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact), finishing half a length behind in second, and eighth pick Monte Dio (JPN, C3, by Just a Way) another three lengths behind in third. Two-time grade-race winner Wonderful Town (JPN, C3, by Rulership) was eighth.

This year’s Kikuka Sho field will also include Weiss Meteor (JPN, C3, by King Kamehameha), who won the Radio Nikkei Sho (G3, 1,800m) in July.

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Rank Tipster Race Payoff
1 Y.Satoh Y.Satoh
17 Oct Hanshin9R
10,980 219,600
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198,260 198,260
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