Sunday, 28 December 2014



In your Racing Post today Page 32
Ace hurdler Hurricane Fly takes on young pretender Jezki
Pricewise leads out tipping team Pages 11-13

1.25: Ireland Leopardstown Ryanair Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m.  7 challengers
1.25: 29 Dec 14


Hurricane Fly (ire) 10 11-10 partner Ruby Walsh Team (Willie) Mullins RP Rating 174
Artic Fire (ger)  5 11-10 partner Paul Townend Team (Willie) Mullins RP Rating 156
Jezki (ire) 6 11-10 partner A P McCoy Team (Mrs John) Harrington RP Rating 177

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Taking a closer look at Horseracing in Japan

Invitational Race
Japan Cup Related News
"On Sunday, Nov. 30 2014 before a crowd of over 100,000 people, the son of Symboli Kris S scored the first Japan Cup win for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii since Vodka slipped into the winner's circle by a mere nose in 2009. He bettered not only race favorite Gentildonna, winner of both the 2012 and 2013 Japan Cups, but topped the world's top ranking racehorse Just a Way.
"The 4-year-old Epiphaneia, racing under the No. 4 saddle cloth, scored the biggest victory of his career and did it with a 4-length margin when he blew away one of the strongest fields in the Japan Cup ever.
"To Sumii, used to the colt, he appeared "rather quiet" in the preparade ring, "but in the preliminaries he became agitated and I was a bit concerned."

"This was a great opportunity to come to Japan for just one weekend and have a ride in Japan's top race and such a prestigious race," the 33-year-old Soumillon said. "I am a very lucky jockey. This was one of the greatest performances of my career.”

"Epiphaneia, who was bred at Northern Farm in Hokkaido, is out of the Special Week mare Cesario, who won the American Oaks for Sumii. Epiphaneia is now six for 12 with total earnings of over 678 million yen. In addition to the Japan Cup, he won the G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) in 2013, the G2 Kobe Shimbun Hai the same year and the G3 Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes in 2012.

"The lanky bay colt, his coat soaked black with sweat, had everyone at first worried and then surprised on the overcast Sunday afternoon. Known as a powerful and hard-to-handle colt.

"Sumii's words to Soumillon before the race were simply "He's very keen and likely to pull hard." Soumillon watched the horse in the pre parade ring and his anxiety grew. "I could see how difficult it was for his head lad to hold him and the horse was sweating and nervous-looking."

"Soumillon, riding down to the gate, was equally concerned. "I was not confident," the Belgian-born jockey admitted. "The trainer had asked me to ride the colt in about sixth or seventh position, but I didn't see how I was going to do that." Then, just before race start at 3:55 p.m. and "all the people screaming and making noise in the crowd, I nearly fell off," Soumillon said.


"Breaking well, Epiphaneia fell in behind frontrunner Satono Shuren and Tamamo Best Play in third position on the rail. "It was a fast pace and he had a good position," remarked Sumii. "He was under control, but just barely and that is very difficult for this horse."
"Soumillon, aware that he was further forward than the trainer had instructed said, "I thought I could maybe slow him down a bit in the turns, but couldn't."
"Just before the turn into the straight, Soumillon said he had, "pulled back a little and I wanted to hold him for another 100 meters, but I also knew that strong horses like Gentildonna and others were right behind me." Now into the straight with Epiphaneia till on the rail, it was the next moment and the kind of split-second decision that separates the good from the best. Soumillon decided to go for broke.
"Usually when a horse pulls so much and is never relaxed during the race, you pay a high price in the stretch for the huge effort. But, suddenly I saw him wanting to go and his strides were getting longer. The race was starting all over again for him." Soumillon neatly moved the colt out and around Satono Shuren and sent him sprinting up and between him and Tamamo Best Play. Epiphaneia stepped into the lead from 300 meters out and never let go of that lead, putting more and more room between him and the rest of the 18-horse field.
"He was far away from the others and running well," Soumillon said. "I was so surprised." Soumillon said he knew he'd won it from 150 meters out. "It's very rare to have a horse stop after that.  It was a win that caught both Sumii and jockey Christophe Soumillon by surprise. An hour after his stupendous ride, Soumillon said, "I'm still high." Sumii, surrounded by congratulatory reporters and shaking hands right and left, blurted out with uncharacteristic emotion and frankness and a big smile on his face. "I'm so surprised. I didn't think he'd gotten enough work. "

JMC: Some of these racehorses in training can be very tricky and highly dangerous to ride if left in the wrong hands at home, handled and ridden by student learners those the government trap in their "Minimum Wage Snare Zone" . Horses who become lethal not only to themselves but dangerous to all those around as well. Which brings up the subject of government imposters running British horseracing on the cheap, which is what they have been doing over the last 6 decades, the reason now why British horseracing is so dangerous due to decades of government neglect.

Which brings up the question that government and racecourses ignore. What wage should a true top professional  Group 1 handler rider expect to be paid per hour now in 2014-2015?  Both on a racecourse and at home where all the prep work takes place in the daily training  of each and every racehorse, if not the government's minimum wage?  And how many Group I horsemen are required by government standards needed say in a licensed trainer's team  with a 100 racehorses in training, 70 of which are yearlings and two year olds. All horsemen when working on racecourses should be paid by each racecourse at least £200.00 per racehorse. Estimating an hourly rate for work carried out by a trainer's team Group I horsemen at home should expect to earn an hourly rate of  at least £50.00 per hour. And a licensed trainer with 7o yearlings and two year olds will be needing at least 25 Group I handler riders, of the standard required able "to bring along the babies" as  American horseman Monty Roberts portrays these skills to be.   

  • Harp Star has choice of targets in Dubai
  • By Masakazu Takahashi 11:52AM 27 DEC 2014

Japan: Top Japanese three-year-old filly Harp Star will run in Dubai before a campaign centred on a return visit to the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in which she was sixth this year.

The highly-regarded daughter of Deep Impact, who won this year's Oka Sho (1,000 Guineas) before coming second in the Yushun Himba (Oaks), will return to action in the Grade 2 Kyoto Kinen in February 2015.

JMC: Observe that Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada has partnered Harp Star in all her races to-date. A wise move in Harp Star's early career  pattern whilst she has so much to learn.
Harp Star Race Record to-date:
Harp Star  Will become a four-year-old on New Years Day January 1, 2015

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