This weekend offered some great horse racing action at the Japanese tracks. On Sunday, especially the G2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes caught the eye as in Tokyo, All Parfait was the best in the field of ten two-year-olds. Galloping at the front, he resisted Danon Touchdown’s finish in the end, while the favorite came short also in the 2022 Musashino Stakes (G3). At Hanshin Race Course, Gilded Mirror triumphed over a more preferred couple of rivals – Lemon Pop and Bathrat Leon.
2022 Musashino Stakes
The G3 race, offering a purse of 76,810,000 Yen, attracted several interesting horses, including the G2 victor Bathrat Leon (209-10), who set a quick pace at the beginning; however, he didn’t sustain it for the whole mile-long distance. In the field of sixteen three-year-old and older horses, Bathrat Leon hit the dirt surface with enthusiasm that he kept until the closing stages when Lemon Pop (7-10) passed him by but most importantly, both mentioned participants were outshined by the five-year-old Gilded Mirror (5-1).
Under Kosei Miura, Gilded Mirror galloped in the midfield, and her subsequent finish on the outside was simply superb. The Mikio Matsunaga trained bay crossed the wire in 1m 35.60s, leaving Lemon Pop in second by the narrowest margin of a nose. Bathrat Leon was third.
Gilded Mirror came close to scoring a Graded victory numerous times, including her third place in the G1 NHK Mile Cup in 2021. However, she hasn’t repeated such a performance since; moreover, she showed something of interest only at the Stakes and Listed stage in 2022. Still, she suggested some form back then, and therefore, her Saturday triumph isn’t that surprising, even though the second Lemon Pop and third Bathrat Leon looked more probably the triumph here.
2022 Musashino Stakes Race Video
2022 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes
Ten two-year-olds vied for the purse of 72,510,000 Yen in this G2 turf race, but once again, the favorite came short as All Parfait (49-10) scored the mile-long race wire to wire. Under Takuya Ono, the bay had a great start, aimed for the front, where he set a swift pace that stretched the field enormously.
All Parfait turned for home with a certain advantage over his rivals, and because preferred Danon Touchdown was too distant from him in the final stretch, the Yuji Wada-trained colt secured the victory quite easily in 1m 33.20s.
Danon Touchdown delivered an eye-catching effort when finishing from the rear of the field, but he simply couldn’t achieve a better result than taking second place, half a length behind the victor. Shomon (51-10) ran on in the third.
All Parfait commenced his career in June when he was second in a Newcomer race, and then he scored a maiden, while on Saturday, his performance was quite promising for the future. He managed to seize the front despite jumping from the outer gate, and in the final stretch, All Parfait still seemed focused on the task without idling visibly.
It was a good performance; however, second Danon Touchdown also deserves some credit as he didn’t have a pleasant trip and basically lost the race because he was in the worst position possible upon turning for home.
2022 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes Race Video
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