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Fourth favorite Titleholder turned in a wire-to-wire victory—the first since Seiun Sky in 1998—in the 3,000-meter Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), becoming the first G1 winner for sire Duramente (by King Kamehameha), the 2015 winner of the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). Titleholder won his two-year-old debut over 1,800 meters in October last year and was second and fourth in his following Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m) and Hopeful Stakes (G1, 2,000m), respectively. He kicked off his three-year-old campaign with his first grade-race victory in the Yayoi Sho Deep Impact Kinen (G2, 2,000m) and was runner-up in the Satsuki Sho (G1, 2,000m) but finished sixth in the Tokyo Yushun (G1, 2,400m) then was heavily beaten in his fall debut, the St Lite Kinen (G2, 2,200m), unable to escape traffic at the straight and finishing 13th. Trainer Toru Kurita picked up his fourth grade-race and first G1 title since opening his yard in 2011. Jockey Takeshi Yokoyama, won his second career G1 title after landing the Satsuki Sho with Efforia.

Titleholder made full use of his inside draw and rushed out to take the lead under Takeshi Yokoyama and drew away by five lengths from the rest of field, passing the first 1,000-meter mark in 60 seconds. As the field stretched out into a single file along the backstretch then closed in approaching the final turn, the Duramente colt continued to keep his lead into the straight and found another gear which enabled him to pull away again from his foes and cross the finish line uncontested to a five-length victory.

“We had a terrible race last time out so I was determined to win it this time and I’m glad it panned out. I personally thought that the distance was maybe too much to ask from this colt, but he showed otherwise and performed well above my expectations so I’m ashamed for doubting him in anyway. As far as the race, I concentrated in keeping him comfortable in a long race like this—he’s an honest horse, in a way too honest and always gives his full effort—so knowing that once in front he would settle, I let him go as he liked and didn’t try to hold him back too much. He has a lot to look forward to in the future but it would require a little skill as a rider to conserve his energy depending on the situations,” commented Takeshi Yokoyama.

Orthoclase was reserved in mid division early and made headway following Stella Veloce into the stretch as the two joined Divine Love in a rally for second position and overtook that foe in the last strides to finish second best.

Divine Love chased the leaders in sixth along the rails, made her bid along the center lane after entering the straight in fifth, advanced to second 200 meters out while unable to reach the leader and was soon joined by Orthoclase and Stella Veloce on her outside and out-finished by the former while hanging on to third place by a nose.

Stella Veloce who appeared a little keen during the post parade was allowed to settle from a smooth break and was positioned between horses, fifth or sixth from the rear, and made headway along the outside 800 meters out. While having much ground to cover throughout the 3,000-meter trip from an outside draw, the Bago colt showed impressive effort although no match for the winner, finishing a head and nose behind the runner-up in fourth.

Race favorite Red Genesis was a fraction slow to pick up his speed coming out of the gate, racing third from last outside a rival and failed to reach contention.
Other Horses:
5th: (7) Deep Monster—saved ground around 8th, circled wide, showed belated charge
6th: (9) Veloce Oro—settled around 12th, quickened between horses, belatedly
7th: (13) Arrivo—traveled around 8th, responded well until 100m out, outrun in final strides
8th: (8) Air Sage—chased leaders in 3rd early, ran gamely up to 200m pole, weakened thereafter
9th: (2) Asamano Itazura—ran near rear, accelerated between horses, tied fastest over last 3 furlongs
10th: (17) Victipharus—raced 3-wide around 8th, checked 300m out, lacked needed kick
11th: (6) Sefer Rasiel—trailed in rear early, made headway to 2nd, weakened in last 200m
12th: (4) Road to Fame—took economic trip around 12th, unable to reach contention
14th: (10) Monte Dio—tracked leader in 2nd then 3rd, outrun in last 300m
15th: (16) Gratias—advanced to 4th from wide stall, ran out of steam 300m out
16th: (15) Weiss Meteor—traveled 3-wide around 14th, even paced at stretch
17th: (12) North the World—hugged rails around 15th, no factor
18th: (1) World Revival—disputed for lead, eased back to 5-6th, faded after 3rd corner

Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (G1) - Preview20 Oct 1:25 pm

It’s the turn of the 3-year-old colts this coming Sunday (Oct. 24), when the final Classic of the year will be run at Hanshin Racecourse over 3,000 meters on turf, a true test of stamina. The Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) was first run in 1938 and received its current name in 1948. Usually run at Kyoto Racecourse, this will be the first time for Hanshin to stage the race since 1979. There are 24 nominations for a maximum 18 runner field this year, with two fillies nominated. If they get a run, they can claim a 2kg allowance, while all the colts will carry 57kg. No geldings are permitted to run in the race.

It’s looking to be a wide-open affair this year, with Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner Efforia heading directly to the Tenno Sho (Autumn), and Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner Shahryar not among the nominations. Despite these two missing the race, it looks like an intriguing contest all the same. Official trial races for the Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) have been the Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen, run over 2,200 meters at Nakayama in September, and the Grade 2 Kobe Shimbun Hai, another race over 2,200 meters in September, but run at Chukyo.

In the last ten years, first favorites have won six times, with last year’s Triple Crown winner Contrail being the latest market leader to head into the winner’s enclosure, although he had to work very hard to win last year’s race by a neck, as the 1/10 favorite. Interestingly enough, horses trained at the Ritto Training Center in the west of Japan have won the race nine times in the last ten years. Record time for the autumn Classic is held by Toho Jackal, who won in a time of 3 minutes 1.0 seconds in 2014. Prize money for this year’s winner is JPY120 million (just over USD1 million).

The final line-up for the 82nd Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) will be out later in the week, together with the barrier draw. Sunday’s race will be race 11 on the Hanshin card, with a post time in Japan of 15:40.

Here’s a look at some of the main contenders:

Stella Veloce: The colt by Bago is gradually showing his potential, and it could be seen in his latest race, when he notched his first Grade 2 win in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, with Shahryar back in fourth. He finished third in both the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and the Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), so he could be the one to progress enough and come out on top here. “He was plus 18kg for his last race, but since the spring he’s certainly developed a lot. Despite the ground last time, he recovered well and there was no damage from that run, so we can look to the Kikuka Sho with him,” said trainer Naosuke Sugai. Jockey Hayato Yoshida also reported the horse to be “working well and showing no sign of tiredness” in recent work.

Orthoclase: Bred at Northern Farm, the son of Epiphaneia has just had the four starts, but has two wins to his name, although both as a 2-year-old. In just one start this year, he finished third in the Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen over 2,200 meters at Nakayama in September, and while still a work in progress, it seems he too is on an upward path. Assistant trainer Kazutaka Ikeuchi said, “He ran well last time after a long break, which was encouraging. There have been issues with him in transporting, and his behaviour in the paddock, but he should become calmer as he gets used to things more.”

Asamano Itazura: Exploding onto the scene recently, Asamano Itazura landed the Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen at odds of 42/1, when he finished off strongly to win by just a neck. It was his first graded win, and trainer Takahisa Tezuka, currently at the top of the trainers’ table, is pleased with the horse’s progress. “Last time was his first race in a while, but he relaxed throughout the run and came with a great late finish. He was a little tired after the race, but is back to himself now, and ticking over nicely in training. He should improve for that last run,” commented the trainer. Jockey Hironobu Tanabe, often punching below his weight in Grade 1s, will take the ride on Asamano Itazura, hoping to land just his third JRA Grade 1 victory.

Red Genesis: Trained by Yasuo Tomomichi, Red Genesis looks set for a big run here after improving from his eleventh place finish in the Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) to finish second last time to Stella Veloce in the Grade 2 Kobe Shimbun Hai at Chukyo in September. The colt by Deep Impact has also won twice from his four starts at the Hanshin track. The trainer recently said: “He ran well last time despite the going. He was fine after the race, and in training he’s been his usual self once again. He’s got plenty of stamina and I’m not worried about the extra distance in this next race.” Jockey Yuga Kawada has been booked to team up with the horse once more.

Titleholder: It’s three Grade 1 races already for the son of Duramente, and his best placing so far has been his second place finish in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) back in the spring. A few things to consider are he’s never raced outside of the Tokyo area and will have a long trip to the track this time, and his rather disappointing finish last time, when favorite, and finishing last but one in the Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen. Trainer Toru Kurita thinks it’s all about getting the horse in the right frame of mind. “He didn’t seem to run his race last time, but since then he’s been relaxed and things have been smooth with him. He should improve in his training if we keep him that way, and right now there’s a calmness about him, which I’m pleased with,” said the trainer.

Weiss Meteor: A colt that seems to be going from strength to strength, the son of King Kamehameha is now three wins from just five career starts. He’s coming off a strong win (2 1/2 lengths) in the Grade 3 Radio Nikkei Sho over 1,800 meters at Fukushima in July. He will have to carry an extra 3 kg this time, as well as travel a lot further in the race itself, but the Silk Racing Co. Ltd owned horse should be sent off at quite generous odds. Assistant trainer Yu Ota said, “He handled the ground a lot better than some of the other horses last time, and proved he can run a strong race. Over the summer, he’s matured a lot, and seems to take things more seriously now.”

Monte Dio: The Shadai Farm bred Monte Dio is open to further improvement, and former jockey, now trainer, Hirofumi Shii has a chance of a big win here in his first year of sending out runners from his stable. The Just a Way colt seems to have stamina on his side, with his win two starts ago over 2,600 meters at Sapporo in August. He’s coming off a third place finish in the Grade 2 Kobe Shimbun Hai, not far behind Stella Veloce, and his best result in a graded race. “He might not be suited to a strong pace at the moment, but he handled the softer track well last time. He seems to be coming along really well, and he’s a horse for the future,” commented the trainer.

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Fourth Pick Akaitorino Musume Captures Her First G18 Oct 11:10 am

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

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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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63,260 501,950
2 Priest Ranzan Priest Ranzan
24 Oct Tokyo5R
42,580 340,640
3 N.Okamura N.Okamura
24 Oct Tokyo3R
2,490 249,000
4 Ace No.1 Ace No.1
24 Oct Tokyo10R
12,100 191,520
5 Z No.1 Z No.1
24 Oct Tokyo10R
1,300 189,320

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Rank Tipster No.of
1 sanada osamu sanada osamu
8R 204% 50% 55,900 27,350
2 ibukimasaya ibukimasaya
8R 202% 25% 74,760 73,780
3 N.Okamura N.Okamura
72R 174% 16% 395,600 77,466
4 Ace No.2 Ace No.2
60R 171% 20% 416,280 83,423
5 yamaguchi-yoshino yamaguchi-yoshino
18R 166% 22% 30,460 19,065
6 ireconderupasa ireconderupasa
23R 162% 17% 142,650 92,762
7 kiri kiri
72R 143% 22% 153,610 31,881
8 Ace No.1 Ace No.1
60R 117% 31% 100,180 35,814
9 Priest Ranzan Priest Ranzan
72R 109% 45% 67,140 23,852
10 K.Nishino K.Nishino
23R 104% 21% 4,610 19,562

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Tip Coliseum --Japan's Biggest Racing Tips Arena! Are you Going to Compete? Or just Watch?

Over the course of a year, some 5 million racing tips are registered in the Tip Coliseum, Japan's largest and highest-level racing tip event. Different people use it in different ways--from participating in the tournament and competing for rankings, to watching the tips of top rankers.

Just registering as a member (free) allows you to use the functions of the Tip Coliseum for free.

 Tournament Info:Tournament 186 is currently being held!(9 Oct - 31 Oct)

Tournament 186 Latest result

Rank Tipster Level
Deviation Return
ken-ken ken-ken
81.2 237%
thelas twan thelas twan
79.6 433%
7b86f9f0f2 7b86f9f0f2
79.1 505%
ac620c0c2d ac620c0c2d
78.9 516%
78.6 271%

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To Beginners
--Smart Ways to Use Umanity--from Racing Tips to Horse Racing Romance--

Umanity offers all kinds of services to meet the different needs of racing fans, but on the other hand, some people feel "there are so many services, I don't know where to begin." For that reason, we introduce ways to use Umanity according to the type of user. We know you'll find a way that fits you perfectly♪

Data Cruncher

You are the type who assembles information useful for making tips, especially on high-stakes races, such as GI races, and refer to them as you make your own racing tips.
Suitable service

Graded race Page
U index

Recommend using!

[High Stakes Strategies] is packed with useful information for making racing tips, such as the latest information, like pre-race training times on the horses scheduled to run in high stakes races, the expected odds in the racing card, the columns of professional tipster, results from the past 10 years, etc. Then there is Umanity's proprietary racehorse performance index, the U-index, which many people pay to use for its accuracy; members can use it free, but just for high-stakes races, so using it in conjunction with the High Stakes Strategies makes for a perfect combo.

Racing Tip

Likes racing tips better than 3 squares a day! You're the type who makes tips on lots of races per day, not just the main ones!
Suitable service

Tip Coliseum
Race Info

Recommend using!

First off, try registering your tips in the [Tip Coliseum]. Of course there's the fun of competing for rankings and the racing tips bragging rights for all of Japan--but with our auto-tallying tools you can keep track of your results and bump up your racing prediction prowess through objective self-analysis. What's more, Umanity's [Racing Card (for VIP Club members)] is full of tools for increasing the accuracy of your tips, such as our proprietary speed index, the U-index, as well as “Stable Comments” and “Training Evaluation” and so on provided by Horseracing 8.


You see the horses as a vehicle for investing and you don't hold the your purse strings tight when it comes to high-quality information--you're looking for a high return!
Suitable service

Pro tipster "MAX"
Sugouma Robot

Recommend using!

With Pro Tipster MAX over 20 well-known professional tipsters provide their racing tips for a fee (from 100 yen/race). And their tips aren't just symbols that indicate the outcome, but proper racing tips that indicate the betting combination and how to allocate funds--racing tips whose wins/losses are completely transparent in this head-to-head world--a totally different critter from other horseracing tip sites, which only post their wins, but not the balance of wins/losses. The racing tips software [Sugouma Robot] is equipped with expected value theory for automatically buying only betting tickets with high expected yields.


You love the fun of horseracing with all your friends! You're the type who wants friends to go to the track with!
Suitable service

Horseracing Diary
offline get-togethers

Recommend using!

It's surprising how many people have nothing to say about horseracing on SNS, such as on Facebook. Umanity is a community just for horseracing fans, so don't hold back in talking about horseracing, such as in your Horseracing Diary. What's more, Umanity rents guest rooms at the Tokyo Race Course and holds horseracing offline get-togethers in both Spring and Fall. As these get-togethers are of like-minded horseracing fans, you're sure to make friends. Come along and have fun.


You're the type who wants to get into horseracing but you don't know where to start!
Suitable service

Graded race Page
Tip Coliseum

Recommend using!

First of all, you should try focusing on high-stakes races because you can get lots of information. [High Stakes Strategies] is packed with useful information for making racing tips, such as the latest information on the horses scheduled to run, the racing card, columns and results from the past 10 years. Next, try registering your tips in the [Tip Coliseum]. Simply registering a tip on a race will double the fun of watching them run. And up to this point it won't even cost you a single penny. You have nothing to lose as it's all free and you can take part in horseracing without betting any money.


More than for picking races or investing, you like horseracing because the horses are so beautiful! You're the type who wants to start as a partial owner!
Suitable service

Umanity POG

Recommend using!

[POG] stands for Paper Owner Game. Even though it's a virtual game, the horses are all real--several thousand JRA registered thoroughbreds. You select from among them and if your bid wins the auction, it's registered as your POG horse. You can keep up to 20 POG horses in your stable and the game is in competing for prize money with those horses. Apart from the game, pictures of about 400 race horses have been posted, and appreciating their beautiful bodies is one more pleasure.


Does it cost anything to use Umanity?

No, registering with and using Umanity is free. Once you become a member (free), you can participate in the Tip Coliseum, and use functions that are helpful in making tips, such as the U-index (Umanity's proprietary speed index) on high-stakes races, U-Favorites (tip odds ), which show what's popular among Umanity users, register horses to watch, betting ticket purchasing tools, etc.--not to mention enjoying horseracing community functions, such as diaries, messaging and circles--all the basics for free.

What do I have to do to register as a member?

Registering is simple--all it takes is an email address.
Once you register your email address, follow the instructions and you'll be registered as a member in 1 to 2 minutes flat! You can also register as a member via an account, such as your Yahoo! JAPAN ID.

Do I have to register to use the site?

No, some functions (such as news) can be used without registering.
However, most of the functions require becoming a member (free) and then you can use them for free, so we recommend becoming a member.
[Free Functions Available to Umanity Members]
-Participate in the Tip Coliseum (registering tips, rankings and auto tallying of results)
-U-index of high-stakes races (Umanity's proprietary racehorse performance index with some 10,000 regular users)
-U-Favorites (tip odds), which show what's popular among Umanity users
-Plus, functions useful for making tips, such as registering horses to watch and betting ticket purchase support
-Community functions like diaries, messaging and circles

Can I see racing tips for free?

There are both free tips and those you pay for.
You have to pay for the racing tips of professional tipsters.
Doing so requires the Umanity virtual currency, Gold (G).
Gold can be purchased with credit card.
Although you can view the racing tips of non-professional tipsters for "free," in some cases you need to use Umanity points, which you can get for free by being active on the site, such as by logging in, posting tips in the Tip Coliseum, etc.

What is the U-index?

It is an index developed exclusively by Umanity to indicate the performance of a racehorse.
The value is based on the time over the distance of each horse to date, and estimates whether and how well they will perform in this race; as such, the higher the index, the better the race performance is expected to be.
The U-index is provided to Umanity members free for high-stakes races. To use it on all races, you have to become a member of the Umanity VIP Club, which is a paid service.

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