Japanese horses claim 2019 Spring Carnival riches

| January 13, 2020
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Japanese horses claim major prizes at Melbourne’s 2019 Spring horse racing carnival.

The 2019 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival will be remembered for the exceptional Japanese horses that took huge prizes back to the land of the rising sun. 

The Japanese certainly dominate not only in online casinos プレイする but also in sports betting like Horse Racing. They say right now, Japanese horses are the best in the world. Who can argue with the likes of Almond Eye, Deep Impact, Admire Rakti, Delta Blues, Pop Rock, Kitasan Black, Gentildonna, Orfevre and Maurice.

However, Australia heard the message loud and clear when Mer De Glace took out the Caulfield Cup and Lys Gracieux spanked her rivals in Australia’s weight-for-age championship, the WS Cox Plate.

Mer De Glace wins Caulfield Cup

Mer De Glace’s win in the Caulfield Cup was emphatic. Trained by Hisashi Shimizu and ridden by Damian Lane, the stallion raced passed the Waller-trained Finche with 300m to go in the straight and went on to win comfortably from Vow and Declare and Mirage Dancer.

Mer De Glace is bred in Japan, a 4YO stallion by Rulership from Glacier Blue, by Sunday Silence. Rulership (from the Kingmambo male line) won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-G1, 2000m) as a 5YO, and stands at Shadai Stallion Station, Hokkaido, Japan.

Jockey Damian Lane said he had convinced connections to bring Mer De Glace to Australia despite receiving a weight penalty for a win in Japan.

“He’s not much to look at, but he’s just a tradesman, keeps turning up and winning.”

“Not many horses win five on the bounce in Japan because they’re all weight for age races, so they go up steep every time.

“I’m just so rapt. He has done the job for everyone today.”

Lys Glacieux wins WS Cox Plate

Japan won its second major race in a week with the simply breathtaking performance of Lys Gracieux, who pummelled her rivals in the $5 million Cox Plate.

Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Damian Lane partnered Lys Gracieux to an effortless victory. As the racecaller claimed, she literally stomped up to Castelvecchio and put him away in a few bounds.

Crack 3YO Castelvecchio ($8.50) ran a superb race and lost absolutely no admirers in his brave effort, shooting lengths clear before being overtaken by Lys Gracieux.

Lys Gracieux’s undoubted ability was not lost on punters who put her up as hot favourite in the horse racing betting in Australia. There was some concern early, as she raced a little back in the field, but rounding them up she was the only horse anyone wanted to be on.

Lys Gracieux later franked her Australian dominance by taking the premier G1 Arima Kinen, Japans much-loved race they call the Grand Prix. She literally trounced the crack field that included champion Almond Eye.

Recent Japanese triumphs in Australia

While Australia focuses on sprint races, the Japanese are producing middle distance horses that are taking the world by storm.

We noticed for the first time back in 2006, when two Japanese horses battled out the Melbourne Cup. It was an historic quinella for Japan when Delta Blues beat stablemate Pop Rock in our most famous race.

Delta Blues, did it the hard way, of course. He tussled for the lead mid-race, using up energy that he should have been conserving for the final furlong.

He raced to the lead way far too early, yet still had much of the Flemington straight to endure.

Delta Blues managed to draw on all his courage to defeat fellow Japanese horse, Pop Rock, in an extraordinary finish to the race.

Delta Blues was trained by Katsuhiko Sumii and ridden by Yasanuri Iwata.

Pop Rock, ridden by Damien Oliver, was also trained by Katsuhiko Sumii.

Jockey Yasanuri Iwata was ecstatic, “Very happy, very happy. My biggest winner ever.”

Japanese race some of the best horses in the world

The results above proved what many in the racing business already suspected, that Japanese thoroughbreds are some of the best in the world.

Back in 2006, it was only the second time a Japanese horse had run in the Melbourne Cup, Eye Popper having finished 12th in the previous year’s race after being second in the Caulfield Cup.

Later in 2014, Japanese horse Admire Rakti won the Caulfield Cup, before breaking down in the Melbourne Cup and tragically passing away in its stall after the race.

The Japanese produce horses of the highest echelon and must be respected in any international horse racing contest.

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