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Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:24 pm
by KatieK101
What’s the status on Almond Eye? I’m new to Japanese racing but she’s captured my heart <3

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:35 pm
by lurkey mclurker
tachyon may know more, but the most recent twitter news was that she's still on the farm, she had a summer rest and is back in training for the Tenno Sho.
Grinding @LongBallToNoOne
Jun 13
ALMOND EYE went to the spelling farm on the 12th.
Will have a good long rest through the summer then straight into the October 27 G1 2000m Tenno Sho at Tokyo #JRA
https://twitter.com/AlmondEye150310/sta ... 0281731074

(vid clip at the link, or here: https://t.co/CBQhydlxen

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:43 am
by tachyon
KatieK101 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:24 pm
What’s the status on Almond Eye? I’m new to Japanese racing but she’s captured my heart <3
Almond Eye(JPN)(Lord Kanaloa) now works on the uphill training track at Northern Farm in Fukushima five days a week.
She might return to the Training Center in Miho in a few weeks to have bullet works with her trainer Sakae Kunieda to prepare for her start in the G1 Tenno Sho Autumn 2000m turf at Tokyo on Oct 27th 2019.
It sonds like that most of the top middle distance horses in Japan are pointed to that race to take on the reigning Horse of the Year.
The Tenno Sho Autumn is going to be a must-watch race!!!!

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Almond Eye at Northen Farm Tenei in Fukushima
@kazu_URAWAREDs

P.S.
You may find JRA's grade stakes calendar here
http://japanracing.jp/en/racing/schedul ... penTab=Oct

and Almond Eye on JBIS
https://www.jbis.jp/horse/0001203363/

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:26 am
by tachyon
We have seen two eye-popping performances in JRA graded races today.
Both winners set new track records, one of which is a new country record!

-- replay of the G2 Centaur Stakes 1200m turf at Hanshin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI6znUwPCVk
1st. (#7) Tower of London(JPN) C4. Raven's Pass(USA) x Snow Pine(GB) x Dalakhani(IRE) 1:06.7 (track record)
2nd. (#6) Fantasist(JPN) C3. Lord Kanaloa(JPN) x Deep in Ask(JPN) by Deep Impact(JPN)
3rd. (#4) Iberis(JPN) F3. Lord Kanaloa(JPN) x Celebrar(JPN) by Boston Harbor(USA)

-- replay of the G3 Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap 1600m turf at Nakayama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OjDZ1O26Hg
1st. (#10) Trois Etoiles(JPN) F4. Lord Kanaloa(JPN) x Secondo Piatto(JPN) by Heart's Cry(JPN) 1:30.3 (national record)
2nd. (#11) Dimension(JPN) M5. Deep Impact(JPN) x Miss Pemberley(IRE) by Montjeu(IRE)
3rd. (#2) Gendarme(USA) C4. Kitten's Joy(USA) x Believe(JPN) by Sunday Silence(USA)

Lord Kanaloa fillies now hold country records of both 2400m turf (set by Almond Eye) and 1600m turf (set by Trois Etoiles)! !

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:02 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Both of those finishes are super impressive - Tower of London's for his closing kick (so glad they finally found his best distance!!) and Trois Etoiles's because the rest were never any threat. A great weekend for Lord Kanaloa!

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:10 am
by tachyon
I really liked this video clip.
Deirdre is going to be the first Japanese horse to race in Ireland.
Good luck and come home safe!

https://twitter.com/WHR/status/1172480046113677312

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:32 am
by tachyon
She finished in the unlucky fourth...... :(

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:43 am
by tachyon
Her connections are happy with her effort.
It sounds like she will race on in Europe. :D

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:52 pm
by lurkey mclurker
tachyon wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:43 am
Her connections are happy with her effort.
It sounds like she will race on in Europe. :D
I'm glad she's staying to compete in Europe! I hope she gets extra bananas to prepare for her next race. :lol:

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:44 pm
by tachyon
Yoshi Hashida, assistant trainer of Deirdre, commented;
"I'm so happy to have such a great mare, and also great days in Europe."

https://twitter.com/WHR/status/1173009782468300800

His lovely comments are here and I believe that Japanese fans are with him.
Deirdre had not necessarilly been a very top contender in Japan.
But now she has certainly captured our hearts.
Horses can travel.
And we love horses who travel.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:50 pm
by Northport
She ran a great race. I am a big fan of Oisin Murphy, but he held her up for an awfully long time behind a wall of horses, by the time he pulled her out and got rolling, it was too late. Not sure she could have beat Magical in a fight, but she could have been 2nd.

Hopefully Champion Stakes is next?

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:23 pm
by tachyon
Northport wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:50 pm
She ran a great race. I am a big fan of Oisin Murphy, but he held her up for an awfully long time behind a wall of horses, by the time he pulled her out and got rolling, it was too late. Not sure she could have beat Magical in a fight, but she could have been 2nd.

Hopefully Champion Stakes is next?
That's the racing!
Oisin should not be blamed.
He gave Deirdre a perfect ride in the Nassau Stakes last time out finding a room beautifully at the rail.
He might have tried to do the same but there was no racing luck today.
I hope he will retain her mount.

As for her next strat, my guess is that it will be either the Champion Stakes or the Prix de l'Opera if she stays in Europe as she is a 10F horse.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:58 am
by MySaladDays
I don't know if I've already said this, but I will say it again. Thank you tachyon and lurky because this topic is ONE of the main reasons I joined this forum. I love the photos, just everything

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:51 pm
by lurkey mclurker
LOL it's really all tachyon (okay and very late night TVG watching back when I still had cable :lol: ).

I will contribute some vid & pics of Deirdre & her love of bananas, however. :mrgreen:

https://twitter.com/RacingTV/status/1157958098818097153

https://twitter.com/PatKeogh9/status/11 ... 8646197248

photos also via twitter
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(this one was captioned "yes, I have no bananas" :lol: )
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Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:43 am
by tachyon
Mitsuru Kitano, the Japanese ambassador to Ireland, also attended the Irish Champion Stakes to cheer for Deirdre! 8-) :lol:
https://twitter.com/mkitano22/status/11 ... 1235857408

The banana queen becomes an icon! :D

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:17 pm
by Starine
I know Deirdre is an Irish name, but I prefer her title as Banana Queen in French: Reine de Banane. :lol:

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:19 pm
by lurkey mclurker
When she becomes a mama, they should name her first filly Princess Banana. :lol:

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:40 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Hong Kong racing, where many Japanese horses have had success, is being affected by the continuing protests.

Hong Kong horse races canceled over fears of political unrest
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Fears of political unrest have forced the cancellation of one of Hong Kong's biggest money makers: The city's weekly horse races.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which holds a government-granted monopoly on gambling, said it was canceling its weekly races on Wednesday because of an "imminent threat" to the safety of racegoers, jockeys and employees.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/business ... index.html

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:27 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Wow. :shock:

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:05 pm
by Mylute
Well...this is interesting.

Manes of Two Japanese Racehorses - Hall of Famer Taiki Shuttle and Rose Kingdom - Have Manes Mysteriously Chopped Off
https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... lism-case/

~ Kimura Farm, I assume, is like Japan's Old Friends?