Radio Nikkei Sho & CBC Sho Odds, Contenders and Picks

On Sunday, the Japanese tracks will host two Graded races, both G3 turf handicaps Radio Nikkei Sho & CBC Sho.

CBC Sho Stakes

Grade 3 Handicap – Purse $540,000 – 1200 meters (6 furlongs) – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

Can T M Spada bounce back to form and go back to back and win the CBC Sho for the second year in succession or will it be the class dropper Travesura who spoils the party?

A Shin Spotter has won two of his last three in stakes company and they were sandwiched with a third spot in the Grade 3 Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes at Nakayama.

Yoshino Easter was fourth last time in behind A Shin Spotter but does get a weight pull this time around, which should make it much closer between the two.

Mad Cool is proving one of the most exciting sprinters in Japanese racing and he has now won five of his eight starts and hit the board in the other three. He has already beaten A Shin Spotter so has the upper hand and he was third in the Grade 3 Silk Road Stakes two back before going on to win at Listed level last time.

The class in the race is undoubtedly Travesura who was poor last time but was third in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen two back, and that is the best piece of form on offer. He has run consistently well at the Grade 1 and Grade 2 level over the last couple of years and gets significant class relief today.

Of the others, T M Spada and Divination both look in strong form and have a chance to make an impact.

CBC Sho Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

Mad Cool is a prolific winner, is improving, and could well win today. Whatever the result he has to be included in exotics having never been off the board.

However, the class horse is TRAVESURA and he gets a strong vote to come out on top taking a massive drop in class today.

Both A Shin Spotter and Divination should be battling for a slice underneath.

Yoshino EasterA.Tomita+400
Taisei AvenirR.Wada+8800
A Shin SpotterT.Tsunoda+700
Thank You YugaK.Matsuyama+2300
T M SpadaK.Kokubun+5200
Smart CourageM.Iwata+1600
Mad CoolR.Sakai-143
Jasper KroneT.Danno+3200
Sunrise HonestY.Hishida+4000

Radio Nikkei Sho

Grade 3 – Purse $532,000 – 1800 meters (1 mile 1 furlong) – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

Can Granite take advantage of a massive class drop and register his first career graded stakes success and just his second career success?

Granite was last seen tackling the Grade 1 2000 Guineas where he was well down the field behind Sol Oriens, and before that, he finished 4th of 16 runners in the Grade 2 Fuji Tv Sho Spring Stakes at Nakayama. He now gets significant class relief and is the likely chalk today.

Schilthorn has not raced at such a high level as his previously mentioned foe but he was ninth in that same race above after meeting traffic problems. He has since finished runner-up and won last time taking a step down the class ladder. He is still unexposed and could well be fighting for a place on the board.

Elton Barows broke the maiden tag on the fifth attempt after finishing runner-up in three of his previous four. He backed that up last time by winning for the second time in a Class 1 event for three-year-olds at Kyoto and has improved from two to three years old.

Balsam Note has had five career starts and was third two back in the Floralwalk Sho Stakes before taking his form to a new level when winning the Listed Shirayuri Stakes at Kyoto. He has plenty of upside and could attempt to go gate-to-wire here.

Radio Nikkei Sho Odds & Betting Pick

Suzuka HarbinM.Demuro+3800
Omega Rich ManN.Yokoyama+1800
Sea WizardK.Miura+5800
Elton BarowsA.Nishimura+400
Balsam NoteM.Matsuoka+600
Daishin YamatoY.Yoshida+6500
Ice GreenH.Miyuki+1300
Meiner MondY.Ishikawa+1100

Granite has the best form in the race based on his graded stakes attempts, and he looks sure to hit the board.

However, at bigger odds, the main pick is BALSAM NOTE who looks like an improving horse and can take this step up the class ladder in his stride.

Elton Barows and Schilthorn should be just a couple battling for a share of the $500k pot.

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