The 2017 G1 Japan Cup victor Cheval Grand will arrive in the UK later this month ahead of racing against some of Europe’s leading lights in the £1.25-million G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, July 27.
Japanese glory in the American Triple Crown will have to wait for another day as the Koichi Tsunoda-trained Master Fencer finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday evening.
The latest renewal of the Hokkaido Training Sale saw an increase in the clearance rate from the previous year, selling 69.2% of the 234 lots offered on Tuesday, May 22nd at Sapporo Racecourse.
Fourth favorite Indy Champ claimed this year’s Yasuda Kinen in his first G1 challenge, renewing the race record to 1:30.9, 0.4 seconds shorter than previously set by Strong Return in 2012.
On Sunday, June 2 and coming on the heels off a longshot victory in the Japanese Derby is the final big event at Tokyo until the autumn – the Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen, a mile turf event for horses 3 years old and up.
The G1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) will be held on Sunday, 2 June at Tokyo Racecourse. It is the premier test in the first half of the year for Japan’s top milers.