Liberty Island takes the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Liberty Island won for the second time in her third start in Sunday’s G1 2022 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan, a performance that makes her the filly to follow in the spring classics in early 2023.

Shimbun Hai Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $600,000 – 2000 metres – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

18 runners went to post for this Grade 3 handicap, it was a tough puzzle to solve with lots of horses in with a chance here.

As the gates opened it was Matenro Leo that got a flying start and he led to the opening bend with Baji O and Icon Tailor sitting just behind the pace. Also, just stalking the pace was Wonderful Town who was content to bide his time on the inside rail.

Meanwhile, the favorite Prognosis was way back second last around 12 lengths from the lead, while the eventual winner KILLER ABILITY settled in mid-pack.

Shimbun Hai Stakes Horse Video

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The pace was not quick and as they headed down the backstretch, It was Gibeon who had come through and taken over with the field covered by around 15 lengths.

The tempo increased as they exited the backstretch with Killer Ability travelling strongly on the inside rail in the ninth spot.

With 400 metres to run the field spread wide across the track and it was Matenro Leo who went for home, but he was passed right on the wire by Killer Ability, while the favorite Prognosis closed late and fast in the five lane to grab the fourth spot.

HORSEWIN PLACE
1: KILLER ABILITY    $5.50$2.30
2: MATENRO LEO$1.70
3: ICON TAILOR          $4.70

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 59.4 secs

The Capella Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $525,000 – 1200 metres – Dirt – 3-Year-Olds and UP

Another big field went to the gate at Nakayama Racecourse to fight for the purse of $525,000 in this Grade 3 event.

This was run at a furious early pace and it was Hakodate Busho who showed good early speed with Yamoto Kosei, Hiro Shige Gold and Sin City all fighting for the lead. It was clear these went too quickly as they all faded late on.

As the pace battle continued up front, the favorite Ryuno Yukina had settled behind the leading group and was travelling strongly, whilst the eventual winner REMAKE was about ten lengths off the speed and being pushed along to try and close on the front runners.

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As they exited the backstretch and turned for the run to the wire, it was Justin who took up the running with what looked like a winning move, but he was quickly passed by Remake who tipped out into the 5 lane and closed quickly and quickly cleared away to win by around 4 lengths.

Justin just failed to hold the second spot as the rallying Ryuno Yukina pipped him on the wire.

HORSEWIN PLACE
1: REMAKE      $3.90$1.40
2: RYUNO YUKINA     $1.20
3: JUSTIN$2.10

WINNING TIME: 1 min 08.9 secs

Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Grade 1 – Purse $900,000 – 1600 metres – Turf – 2-Year-Old Fillies

This looked like a fantastic race on paper and so it turned out, with some very exciting two-year-old fillies lining up in an 18-strong field.

Santee Tesoro and Moryana were the two that forced the early speed with the first mentioned opening up a three-length lead as they headed down the backstretch.

As they ran down the side of the racecourse it was Santee Tesoro leading with the favorite and eventual winner LIBERTY ISLAND poised to strike in the sixth spot, and as they spun into the home straight, Itinerator started to throw down a challenge to the long time leader, but Santee Tesoro was hanging tough.

Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Horse Video


As they reached the two-furlong marker it was here that the jockey said go on the favorite Liberty Island and she quickly went two lengths clear with Shinryokuka and Doe Eyes closing late and fast to fill out the board positions.

But this was a highly impressive performance from the winner who will now, clearly be well fancied, for next year’s Japanese 1000 Guineas.
 

HORSEWINPLACE
1: LIBERTY ISLAND$1.90  $1.10
2: SHINRYOKUKA       $6.80
3: DOE EYES    $4.20

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 33.1 secs

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