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  • #12677
    wit
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    Sacred Kingdom will now miss this next leg of the Global Sprint Challenge due to a foot problem.

    from the scmp:

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    [SK] was shod on Monday and had not been comfortable adjusting to the new shoes, and then we found he had a strong pulse and a little bit of heat in his left fore,” Yiu said. “We are playing very safe with him, and he won’t be going to Nakayama. For the sake of a single race, it simply isn’t worth risking his health.”
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    This leaves Aussie racehorse of the year Scenic Blast – already runaway leader in the series – as the only remaining foreign runner:

    http://www.globalsprintchallenge.com/english/news.htm

    best regards

    wit

    #249423
    Adrian
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    Scenic Blast doing really well – did a good piece of work on the Watered Gallops in Newmarket on Friday.

    Ships out with Danny Morton next week and I’m very hopeful he’ll do as well as Takeover Target did a few years ago in the race.

    #249485
    Venusian
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    Why on earth are there no British horses entered for this race??

    This must be just about the most valuable sprint sprint race in the world.

    There’s a

    prize fund of over 1.3 million pounds

    up for grabs, with even the 10th placed finisher getting around 13,000 pounds.

    Baffling.

    #249551
    wit
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    five of the initial nine foreign nominations were GB horses, but sadly from those nine all but Scenic Blast are now non-runners:

    http://japanracing.jp/_news2009/090820.html

    #249684
    Grimes
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    There was an article about another great Aussie sprinter the other day in the RP or SL, who’d come back after injury, and ran a scintillating time. Can’t think of his name. But he might be the value bet, if he runs in it.

    #250472
    Gerald
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    Scenic Blast task little easier
    Adrian Dunn and Adam Hamilton

    From: Herald Sun September 28, 2009 12:00AM
    AN INJURY to Scenic Blast’s major rival has ensured the recently crowned Australian Horse of the Year will start favourite in next Sunday’s $2.6 million Sprinters Stakes in Japan.

    Trainer Dan Morton learned yesterday that Japanese mare Sleepless Night, winner of last year’s Sprinters Stakes (1200m), had gone amiss.

    "You don’t wish that sort of bad luck on anybody, but it’s certainly helped our cause," Morton said.

    "They all told me Sleepless Night was the one to beat."

    Scenic Blast arrived in Japan and entered quarantine on Wednesday.

    "He had to spend five full days in quarantine, so he’s out Tuesday," Morton said.

    "It’s a bit of a bugger being the only horse here. I’d prefer him to have a mate, but he’s a fairly relaxed fella and handling it well. I had him at peak fitness before going into quarantine, so it’s just a matter of keeping him to the mark now we’re here.

    "Our horse is the only international in the race, but the local sprinters are obviously very good. It’s hard to get a line on them, but you have to respect them."

    Scenic Blast won the King’s Stand Stakes (1006m) at Royal Ascot on June 16. His only run since was a lacklustre 10th in the July Stakes (1207m) at Newmarket in England on July 10

    #251399
    Uma
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    I. Gate # & Workout

    1.

    Yamanin Emailler

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/15.asx
    2.

    Ultima Thule

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/03.asx (a new polytrack)
    3.

    Toreno Jubile

    e(JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/11.asx (inside)
    4.

    Kinshasa no Kiseki

    (AUS)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/06.asx (inside; a new polytrack)
    5.

    Maruka Phoenix

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/14.asx
    6.

    Grand Prix Angel

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/07.asx
    7.

    Scenic Blast

    (AUS)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/09.asx
    8.

    I’ll Love Again

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/01.asx
    9.

    B B Guldan

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/12.asx
    10.

    Soldier’s Song

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/10.asx
    11.

    Premium Box

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/13.asx (outside)
    12.

    Kanoya Zakura

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/05.asx
    13.

    Laurel Guerreiro

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/16.asx
    14.

    Sandalphon

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/08.asx (woodchip)
    15.

    Urbanity

    (JPN)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/04.asx (inside; woodchip)
    16.

    Apollo Dolce

    (USA)
    http://jra.jp/keiba/thisweek/2009/1004_ … ing/02.asx (outside)

    II. Nakayama 1200m, right-handed, outside track (turf)

    Starting from near the top of the hill at the third corner and going almost straight down to the final corner, horses come out to the final short straight (310m) with a 2.3m steep ascent. Generally, frontrunners with a rocket start from inside gates have an advantage.

    http://id7.fm-p.jp/data/1/keibacircle/pub/275.gif


    http://jra.jp/facilities/race/nakayama/course.html

    #251406
    Uma
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    Win Odds (as of 13:53, 3rd Oct, JPN Standard Time)

    1. B B Guldan 4.7
    2. Ultima Thule 5.1
    3. Senic Blast 6.6
    4. Grand Prix Angel 9.1
    5. Kinshasa No Kiseki 9.6
    6. Laurel Guerreiro 10.6

    #251530
    Gerald
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    Available here:-

    http://japanracing.jp/_news2009/091002-02.html

    Grand Prix Angel

    (3yo, filly)
    Yoshito Yahagi (trainer)
    "She had a full blown workout for the first time in her career, and she didn’t leave anything out there today, that’s for sure.

    Are these workouts sort of compulsory? Are the horses locked up and confined to one site, just like the jockeys?

    Haven’t looked at any form yet, but these are the comments that I like:-

    Apollo Dolce

    (4yo, colt)
    Masahiro Horii (trainer)
    "Great action today. He’s finally starting to fill out his frame, and he’s recovering much faster than he used to. We hope the rain continues, because the slower the pace the better for him. His last performance wasn’t bad at all. We didn’t think we would be in this race, but here we are thanks to the ratings. We’re leaving it up to the racing gods now."

    I’ll Love Again

    (7yo, horse)
    Takahisa Tezuka (trainer)
    "He moved well, just like he always does, and he seems to be in good condition. He has a good track record at Nakayama, so at the very least I expect him to improve on his last result. I can say with certainty that he’s going into the race in better form than last year. It’ll be interesting for us."
    This is the comment I like best.

    Maruka Phoenix

    (5yo, horse)
    Yuichi Fukunaga
    "We pushed him over the last furlong, but he responded well. His best distance is probably 1,400 meters but he runs well enough to win even at 1,200 meters. This will be his third race out of the break so he’ll be ready to go. Without Sleepless Night, I think our chance is as good as everyone else’s. He’ll have his moment in the race, that’s for sure."

    I’m influenced by that climb to the finish, and the apparent rain they’ve had, and might have.

    edit: just one more:-

    Toreno Jubilee

    (6yo, horse)
    Hideaki Fujiwara (trainer)
    "We’ve been targeting this race all long, everything’s gone according to plan so far. The turf at Nakayama should suit him since he’s got a lot of speed. His condition is definitely on the up, and I don’t think he’ll disappoint us."

    Next job is to find out what time the race starts!

    :lol:

    #251538
    Gerald
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    Still haven’t found out what time it starts, but it is Race 11 on a 12 race card, and last year’s race was at 7.40am BST

    If the Brits want to start targetting this race, we need to start running races over 6f at Sandown, and have 16 runners in them!
    (Round Course, not Straight Course.)

    #251591
    Uma
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    Are these workouts sort of compulsory? Are the horses locked up and confined to one site, just like the jockeys?

    I don’t think so (i.e., not compulsory); however, punters and fans should expect it, and it’s an ordinary way to prepare for races. Incidentally, scratching due to specific track condition-yielding, heavy, and etc.-is not allowed.

    Horses coming to the race from other part of Japan basically enter into stalls for them equipped around each racecourse. Nakayama has 300 stalls.

    Japan has produced few good sprinters on turf, and I don’t understand why Scenic Blast is not the favourite. :roll:

    Off time: 7:45 am on Sunday (GMT)

    #251613
    Pegwell Bay
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    Still haven’t found out what time it starts, but it is Race 11 on a 12 race card, and last year’s race was at 7.40am BST

    Race is off at 7.45am U.K. time.

    #251620
    Gerald
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    Thanks guys.

    I’m awake, so I’ll listen to the race on my aussie radio station.

    I’m now off to the Racing Post website to see whether they’ve put the race up yet. :roll: Maybe they haven’t bothered, because people in Britain can’t bet on the race, or won’t bet on the race in any numbers? The race doesn’t have a market on betfair, either.

    #251627
    Gerald
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    None of my four were involved in the photofinish. As I’ve said before, I’m the worst tipster on this Forum.

    Scenic Blast came last. (Stumbled?, or was that Ultima Thule?)

    #251628
    Gerald
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    None of my four were involved in the photofinish. As I’ve said before, I’m the worst tipster on this Forum.

    Scenic Blast came last. (Stumbled?, or was that Ultima Thule?)

    #251646
    Gerald
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    Scenic Blast is being treated far a severe case of the Bumps. Is that an Aussie term? (Occurs after racing under stress.) (Was also severely checked about halfway.)

    #251650
    Gerald
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    Scenic Blast is being treated for a severe case of the bumps. Is this an aussie term? (Occurs after racing under stress.) (Also, he was severely checked about halfway.)

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