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The Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m), along with the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1, 1,200m) held in March, is one of two JRA Sprint G1 races held every year. The fall sprint event has succeeded in attracting more foreign contingents compared to its spring counterpart over the years and those that triumphed in the past editions were Hong Kong’s Silent Witness (2005), Australia’s Takeover Target (2006) and Ultra Fantasy (2010), also from Hong Kong. This year, Hong Kong will be sending in 2017 Champion’s Sprint Prize victor Lucky Bubbles who will be the highest rated runner of the field at 119S in the coming G1 to face our own sprinters, the following of which are considered to have a good chance in their bid to claim the 2018 Sprinters Stakes title.

Fine Needle (JPN, H5, by Admire Moon) is presumed to be a strong favorite. The son of Admire Moon (JPN, by End Sweep) won this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen impressively, racing in a forward position early before pinning down Let’s Go Donki (JPN, M6, by King Kamehameha) at the wire for a nose victory. His only defeat this spring was in Hong Kong, the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1, 1,200m), in which he was four-lengths behind winner Ivictory in fourth with Lucky Bubbles another 1-1/2 lengths behind in fifth. Undefeated in all three starts in Japan this year, the five-year-old bay is undoubtedly Japan’s top sprinter and despite coming off a four-month break following his trip to Hong Kong in his latest Centaurus Stakes (G2, 1,200m), he took over the lead easily at the stretch before pulling away and besting the field by a comfortable margin. Fine Needle can be expected to further improve with one start under his belt and make use of his speed which allows him to keep up in front then shift into gear at the stretch. He is rated at 116S as of his victory in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Red Falx (JPN, H7, by Swept Overboard), winner of the past two Sprinters Stakes title, aims to accomplish his third consecutive victory in the race. He defended the title successfully last year with an impressive late speed from behind, positioned 10th rounding the last corner, in a race that was run at a considerably slow pace – the first half was timed at 33.9 seconds and the latter half at 33.7. The son of Swept Overboard (USA, by End Sweep) can make use of his speed both from behind and positioned further up and has also proven competitive over mile distances such as the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m, 3rd) and the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2, 1,400m, 1st) in 2017. Coming off a long break is not an issue for the gray horse who won his second Sprinters Stakes title coming off a third-place finish in the Yasuda Kinen in June last year. He was rated 116S,M (third in the Yasuda Kinen and his win in the Sprinters Stakes) at the of the end of 2017 and his most recent rating is 113M as of his third-place finish in the Hankyu Hai (G3, 1,400m).

Seiun Kosei (JPN, H5, by Admire Moon) won the 2017 Takamatsunomiya Kinen and, while winless for more than a year since, the son of Admire Moon regained his true form in June this year when claiming the Hakodate Sprint Stakes (G3, 1,200m). His improvement began to show in January in the Silk Road Stakes (G3, 1,200m) where, carrying top weight of 58 kg, the five-year-old dictated the pace and held on well for second behind Fine Needle. He was beaten in his next two starts, but when winkers (fleece rollers applied to the cheek piece) were used in his latest start, the Hakodate Sprint Stakes, Seiun Kosei grabbed the front from the innermost draw and prevailed by a nose at the wire. He is rated at 111S as of his win in the Hakodate Sprint Stakes and sixth-place finish in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (2018).

Let’s Go Donki (JPN, M6, by King Kamehameha) was runner-up in three consecutive JRA-sprint G1 events while just missing by a nose to Fine Needle in this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen. The winner of the 2015 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m), the King Kamehameha (JPN, by Kingmambo) mare has also proven useful at mile but her late speed from behind and from further up front is regarded to be more effective in a fast run pace, usually common at shorter distances. Her rating 111S is as of her runner-up effort in the 2018 Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Ares Barows (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact) comes off back-to-back wins in the CBC Sho (G3, 1,200m) and the Kitakyushu Kinen (G3, 1,200m) which made him the Summer Sprint Series champion of this season. Only just making his open-class debut this year, the “hot tempered” son of Deep Impact (JPN, by Sunday Silence), who had no choice but to race far behind the pace to stay in rhythm earlier in his career, was significantly under control in his second grade-race challenge in the CBC Sho, winning the race, and validated the win in his next start, the Kitakyushu Kinen. His newfound ability should also allow him to explore beyond his usual racing style from mid-pack or behind. He is rated at 110S as of his victory in the Kitakyushu Kinen.

Nac Venus (JPN, M5, by Daiwa Major) comes off her first grade-race victory in the Keeneland Cup (G3, 1,200m), one of the Sprinters Stakes trials held on August 26, besting the field of 16 by 2-1/2 lengths. Consistent in six starts, all at 1,200 meters, this season in which she finished within the money in all but one (5th), the Daiwa Major (JPN, by Sunday Silence) mare is once again scheduled to be partnered with Joao Moreira who guided the five-year-old mare to victory in the Keeneland Cup. She is rated at 110S as of her third-place finish in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and victory in the Keeneland Cup. Her racing style is up front or a close to the pace.

Once in a Moon (JPN, M5, by Admire Moon) and Snow Dragon (JPN, H10, by Admire Cozzene), who finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 2017 edition of the Sprinters Stakes, are also included in the lineup this year. Once in a Moon comes off a victory in the Toki Stakes (1,400m) as was the case last year for her second Sprinters Stakes challenge. Her final rating of the 2017 season was 110S as of her third-place finish in the sprint G1, but she is rated 102M as of her latest victory in the Toki Stakes. Snow Dragon is a G1 winner of the 2014 Sprinters Stakes but has been winless for four years since and the coming G1 will be his first start in three months after the CBC Sho. He is rated at 109S (D) as of his third-place finish in the Hokkaido Sprint Cup (dirt, 1,200m).

Two female runners trained by Naoyuki Morita are worth noting for their achievements during the summer. Daimei Princess (JPN, M5, by King Halo), winner of the Ibis Summer Dash (G3, 1,000m) run over a straight course at Niigata Racecourse, was also runner-up in the Kitakyushu Kinen. She is rated at 105S as of her victory in the Ibis Summer Dash and her usual racing position is close to the pace. Another Morita-trained filly, Love Kampf (JPN, F3, by Shonan Kampf) was runner-up in the Ibis Summer Dash by 0.2 seconds, third in the Kita Kyushu Kinen and runner-up again in her last start, the Centaur Stakes. The promising filly, who is seen either making the pace or close behind, is rated 101S.

Off-Track Betting Facilities in Hokkaido area clos07 Sep 9:00 pm

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced on Friday that the following off-track betting facilities in the Hokkaido area will be closed this coming weekend (Sept. 8 & 9) due to the effects from the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake.

- Sapporo Racecourse
- Hakodate Racecourse
- WINS Sapporo
- WINS Kushiro

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Avdulla receives short-term JRA Jockey’s License03 Aug 11:04 am

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced that a short-term riding jockey's license has been issued to the following jockey:


License term: August 4 thru September 2, 2018
Past Licenses: None
Overall record (JRA races): 0 wins / 0 rides (0 graded race wins)
Sponsor trainer: Yasutoshi IKEE (JRA Ritto Training Center)
Contract owner: Katsumi YOSHIDA

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Moreira receives short-term JRA Jockey’s License27 Jul 11:10 am

he Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced that a short-term riding jockey’s license has been issued to the following jockey:


License term: July 28 thru August 24, 2018
Past Licenses (since 2016):

- August 13 thru August 28, 2016

- August 17 thru August 22, 2017

Overall record (JRA races): 38 wins/130 rides (0 graded race wins)

Sponsor trainer: Noriyuki Hori (JRA Miho Training Center)
Contract owner: Kazuko Yoshida

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Seventh Pick Mikki Rocket Fends off Hong Kong Raid25 Jun 11:28 am

Seventh pick Mikki Rocket claimed this year’s all-star Takarazuka Kinen (Grand Prix) to capture his first G1 title. The son of King Kamehameha marked a runner-up effort in his only start as a two-year-old and won three out of 10 starts which included his first G1 challenge, the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, 5th) during his three-year-old season. While claiming his first graded victory in his first start as a four-year-old in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2, 2,400m), he had been winless since, and came off a fourth in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1, 3,200m) in April. This win marked trainer Hidetaka Otonashi’s ninth JRA-G1 win following the 2016 Mile Championship title with Mikki Isle. For jockey Ryuji Wada, it was his eighth JRA-G1 title, his first in 17 years since the 2001 Tenno Sho (Spring) with T.M. Opera O.

Quick out of the gate, Mikki Rocket settled in mid-division, around seventh from the front. The son of King Kamehameha gradually made headway along the rails in the backstretch, turned the last two corners 2nd to 3rd from the front and pulled ahead entering the lane as Satono Diamond also surged out from the outside. Outrunning the race favorite 200 meters out after a brief duel in the early stretch, Mikki Rocket accelerated strongly while managing to fend off the powerful challenge by Werther for a neck victory in front of the cheering crowd of over 60,000 fans.

“Mikki Rocket was in great shape after a good fourth in the Tenno Sho (Spring) and in training towards this race so I was secretly thinking that maybe it was time that he deserved to be a G1 winner—I am relieved and happy. He has overcome his bad habit of missing his break which gives him a better chance in the race, and his position in the race was up to my rider to decide as he knows the horse well—he does have a tendency to lean to the inside so maybe that was the reason Wada let him hug the rails and nicely covered early in the race. I just prayed that he’d make it to the finish as Werther came strongly from behind. Now that he’s a legitimate member of the G1 ranks, his fall program, I think, will probably start with the Kyoto Daishoten with an aim on the Japan Cup,” commented Hidetaka Otonashi.

“I was determined to choose a nice firm route as the turf dried off after the rainy weather and we were lucky to take hold of a nice position from a smooth break today. The race was running at a solid pace but we were planning to go for a long spurt from early stretch so I kept him reserved, not too close but at a striking distance, during the trip. I wasn’t aware of Werther coming from behind me but I was awed by my horse’s ability to maintain his speed all the way to the wire,” said Ryuji Wada.

Werther broke smoothly from gate 13 and was rated well off the pace, sixth from the rear, one off the rails. Advancing gradually rounding the third corner while tracking behind Vivlos and Satono Crown along the outside, the son of Tavistock turned in a terrific turn of speed to rapidly close the gap and caused a serious threat to the eventual winner who drew away from early stretch, just missing by a neck for second.

“With a better draw, I reckon we could have won. He lost a lot of weight but he was all heart. He knows where the winning post is and considering he was racing with the weight loss, he still showed a lot of internal fortitude to hit that line—Hugh said that at the corner when he hit that straight, he thought he was going to win but the winner just kept grinding to the line. But from a Hong Kong point of view, I think we’ve shown how good our best stayer is,” commented John Moore.

“Although we couldn’t win, I couldn’t be happier with the horse’s performance. At the top of the straight, I thought we had him covered, had a beautiful running transit. He enjoyed the genuine speed here in Japan and, to be honest, if he didn’t have the set-back earlier in the year and had the time to prepare for this from the start, he would have won. I think that just having the one race over a mile into a Japanese 2,200-meter race, where it’s really a testing race—although it suits this horse’s style of racing—was why his condition gave out. But full credit to John (Moore) and the stable for getting him to come here and do so well at this level,” said Hugh Bowman.

Twelfth favorite Noble Mars hugged the rails behind Mikki Rocket, around ninth from the front. The son of Jungle Pocket chased the eventual winner up to the wire, overtaking the race favorite along the way but succumbing to Werther in the last 100 meters to finish three lengths behind in third.

Race favorite Satono Diamond broke well and eased back to third from the rear but edged forward traveling three wide along the backstretch. The Deep Impact-sired bay dueled briefly with the eventual winner but weakened in the last 200 meters and dropped back to sixth.

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1 dream1002 dream1002
22 Sep Hanshin11R
90,860 454,300
2 Ikkun Ikkun
22 Sep Nakayama8R
24,630 320,190
3 Ikkun Ikkun
22 Sep Nakayama11R
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Rank Tipster Level
Deviation Return
104Yen 104Yen
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