One of the best Japanese three-year-olds, Equinox, has finally made it and earned his premiere G1 victory when scoring the Tenno Sho (Autumn) in Tokyo. On Sunday, the handsome bay defeated bravely Panthalassa
A day prior to that, Ravel exploited the fact that favorite Liberty Island had nowhere to go in the closing stages of the G3 Artemis Stakes for two-year-old fillies and triumphed by a neck, while Diatonic was the best in the G3 Swan Stakes at the Hanshin Race Course.
The Swan Stakes
Three-year-old and older horses clashed in this G2 turf race over seven furlongs. With the purse of 114,620,000 Yen up for grabs, the race attracted several talented horses, including seven-year-old Diatonic (56-10), who enjoyed a perfect trip and triumphed under Yasunari Iwata.
The Takayuki Yasuda traveled near the front, and even though he slightly lost the position in the final turn, he subsequently displayed such a powerful turn-of-foot that none of his rivals could match it. Diatonic took command and scored the race in 1m 19.80s, leaving La La Christine (30-1) in second by one length. Le Plus Fort (35-1) was third.
Seven-year-old Diatonic is the son of Lord Kanaloa, and throughout his career, he won several Stakes races two G3 events, and on Saturday, he bagged his second victory at the G2 level. Moreover, he also placed among the elite in 2020, while in October, he finished fourth in the G1 Sprinters Stakes, by which he affirmed he is still capable of courageous runs.
He was quite expected to show up in good order; however, he was most closely followed home by a couple of outsiders as neither La La Christine nor Le Plus Fort was considered here as last time out; they fought for success only at the Listed stage. Regarding the more preferred horses, Lotus Land (47-10) was the best of them in sixth.
The Swan Stakes Race Video
The Artemis Stakes
The G2 race was open to two-year-old fillies who vied for the purse of 56,110,000 Yen. The field of ten covered the distance of a mile on the turf surface, while preferred Liberty Island (2-5) suffered a loss after she had no room in the final stretch to unfold her finish.
On the other hand, Ravel (69-10) traveled in the back of the field, then circled her rivals in the home turn, upon which she swung by them to take command. Under Ryusei Sakai, Ravel triumphed in 1m 33.80s before Liberty Island, who flew on the outside in the closing stages to secure at least second place, a neck behind the victress. Alice Verite (147-10) was third to cross the wire.
Ravel recorded her second start on Saturday. The daughter of Kitasan Black won her debut in July; therefore, she was perceived as one of the main rivals for Liberty Island; however, it is quite obvious that hadn’t the favorite been blocked, she would have won.
Still, the Yoshito Yahagi bound Ravel delivered a solid run, which also applies to third Alice Verite, who lost only by two necks in third. The granddaughter of brilliant Frankel and Danedream, Dane Balance (63-10), finished fourth.
The Artemis Stakes Race Video
Tenno Sho (Autumn)
Fifteen three-year-old and up horses clashed in this treasured G1 turf race over a mile and a quarter, where Equinox (8-5) finally broke the duck and scored his premiere victory among the elite. Competing for the purse of 384,500,000 Yen, Equinox settled in the second half of the field while leading Panthalassa (218-10) quickly drew clear from the rest and maintained the advantage even to the final stretch.
His rivals were slowly creping to him, but only Equinox’s move was powerful enough to catch Panthalassa in time. Under Christophe Lemaire, the favorite triumphed by a length in 1m 57.50s. Panthalassa kept the second place in front of Danon Beluga (63-10)
The star-packed Tenno Sho (Autumn) welcomed horses of well-known names, including three-year-old Equinox, who finished second in both the G1 Japanese 2000 Guineas ( Satsuki Sho) and Japanese Derby. The Tetsuya Kimura bound bay has always looked like the G1 victor in the making, and because the team didn’t rush the son of Kitasan Black, he was well rested for Sunday’s race, being it only his fifth start of the already fine career.
Panthalassa once again proved to be a G1 horse as he was only narrowly beaten here after bravely attempting to score the event wire-to-wire. Behind the five-year-old leader, Danon Beluga (63-10) was another three-year-old to cross the line thanks to a good finish, leaving behind fourth Jack d’Or (4-1) and fifth Shahryar (17-5).
Tenno Sho (Autumn) Race Video
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