After a disappointing 2018 campaign in Dubai which yielded no wins for Team Japan, 2019 was a much-welcomed success story for the Japanese breds who traveled all the way to Dubai.
Overwhelming favorite Oju Chosan renewed Karasi’s 2005-2007 record and claimed his fourth back-to-back Nakayama Grand Jump victory.
After a thrilling Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) last weekend saw another exciting filly in Gran Alegria carry off the honors, attention this coming week focuses on the 3-year-old colts, when they will battle it out at Nakayama Racecourse near Tokyo, in the 79th running of the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas).
Second Favorite Gran Alegria showed a performance of another class in this year’s Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), the first leg of the fillies Triple Crown, to exceed Almond Eye’s accomplishment just a year ago and renew the race record by 0.4 seconds.
Secret Spice may have been a handful in the paddock, but she was all business on the racetrack as she charged from just off the pace to win the G1 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita by two-and-a-quarter lengths March 30.
Almond Eye did not disappoint in her international debut on Dubai World Cup Day at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates