Radio Nikkei Sho & CBC Sho Odds, Contenders and Picks

On Sunday, the Japanese tracks will host two Graded races, both G3 turf handicaps. At first, three-year-olds and older will meet up in the CBC Sho over six furlongs, where three-year-olds carry less weight than the older ones; however, not a single won has scored the race for decades. This time, filly Anegohada will try to break the duck at the Kokura Race Course. In Fukushima, three-year-olds will line up for the mile and a furlong long Radio Nikkei Sho


The Kokura Race Course offers this G3 turf race for sprinters who will clash at the distance of six furlongs. The purse of 78,150,000 Yen lured in a field of seventeen three-year-old and older horses, and because the event is a handicap one, they will carry quite different weights on their backs.

The most interesting participant seems to be three-year-old Anegohada, trained by Shozo Sasaki. The daughter of Kizuna scored her debut in 2021, upon which she placed at the G3 scene, and even though her other two starts as a junior didn’t go well, her 2022 campaign hasn’t been bad so far.

At first, she finished fourth in Class 1, where she subsequently prevailed, and then Anegohada achieved a third place among the G2 company in the Hochi Hai Fillies’ Revue. She was an outsider in the 1000 Japanese Guineas, which she affirmed by running in 15th place; however, her following outing at the Stakes stage resulted in a fine victory at the distance of seven furlongs. On Sunday, she’s about to cover a shorter trip, and only the race itself will show how much Anegohada may benefit from it.

So far, she’s looked like a filly for seven furlongs, but honestly, she’s about to carry one of the smallest weights here, and therefore, she definitely should at least fight for the victory. The only other three-year-old contestant is T M Spada, another low-carrying filly who has failed in both of her attempts at the Graded scene; still, she’s bagged a couple of Stakes races. The distance suits her, so she might also be a player. 

Regarding the older runners, First Force deserves mentioning due to the fact he scored the last year’s CBC Sho; moreover, he finished second in his subsequent outing at the Kokura track, the G3 Kitakyushu Kinen over the same trip.

Whenever posed against better competition, the six-year-old horse trained by Masayuki Nishimura failed to impress, but in a G3 company, he needs to be considered. Still, both his 2022 starts resulted in ninth places, so he might be out of form slightly. Together with Taisei Vision, First Force is the biggest carrying contestant. Back in 2019, Taisei Vision achieved a G2 triumph; however, upon winning a G3 in 2022, he hasn’t achieved a single victory.

Last time out, he ran in second in a Listed, so there is something about him up to this date, yet the weight on his back could be a drawback. Otherwise, he’d be perceived as a major player. The last to talk about is Smart Lien, a five-year-old mare who has been consistent at the Listed stage and could snatch up a place in a G3, too.

CBC Sho Betting Pick

Anegohada. Although three-year-olds don’t tend to win this race, Anegohada seems classy enough to defy the odds and the older horses as well. After all, she was third in a Classic trial.

Shihono ReginaT.Tsunoda+5000
T M SpadaS.Imamura+250
Snark StarA.Tomita+10000
Taisei VisionY.Kawada+750
Lord Bay LeafR.Wada+1500
Meisho TitanK.Ogino+6000
Smart LienS.Akiyama+900
Encore PlusK.Fujioka+2200
First ForceK.Matsuyama+800

Radio Nikkei Sho

The second Graded race of the weekend is also a G3 event on the turf surface, but this time, it’s open only to three-year-old colts and fillies. Thirteen of them will compete for the purse of 76,650,000 Yen over the distance of a mile and a furlong while carrying different weights. Born This Way could achieve his premiere Graded victory here, as his results have always been quite promising.

As a two-year-old, the son of Heart’s Cry broke his maiden at the third attempt, upon which he scored a Stakes race over a mile and a quarter. Among the G1 colts, he snatched up fifth place in the Hopeful Stakes. His performance in a Classic trial at the G2 stage was good, given he finished third behind Ask More Victor, who was fifth in the Japanese 2000 Guineas and third in the Japanese Derby.

Born This Way tried his luck in the first mentioned Classic, yet the class of the field was too much for him as he trailed home in 14th. Sunday’s company is be something he should handle, and the distance as well. Cross Majesty also showed up in a Classic race – the Japanese 1000 Guineas, where she was 13th; still, her previous Listed triumph suggests she could be a big player, at least at the G3 level.

She’s about to hit the trip of a mile and a furlong for the very first time, but the daughter of Dee Majesty will carry less weight than most of the participants.  Hiroyasu Tanaka bound Bejart has four starts under his belt, and because he’ll carry the biggest weight in the field, he left the best impression, actually.

In 2021, he managed only second place in a maiden which he broke in his seasonal reappearance, upon which he gave a lovely finish in the G3 Mainichi Hai over a mile and a furlong. Back then, Bejart just missed front-running Piece of Eight and had to settle for second place; however, he boasted lots of talent and looks like a Graded victor in the making. Sonnet Phrase also looked smart after a successful debut and second place at the G2 level in 2021, but her only 2022 outing resulted in 17th place in the G1 NHK Mile Cup.

Of course, it won’t be surprising if her second attempt will be outstandingly better, but the field is also quite strong in this race; therefore, she needs to prove she’s in form to have a say here. The last to mention is Feengrotten, a Listed winner from May, who seems progressive

Radio Nikkei Sho Betting Prediction

Bejart, whose finish was such an eye-catching one last time out; he should overcome the biggest carried weight and fight for the win here.

Satono HeliosM.Iwata+450
Ho O No SideT.Nagano+2400
Oken BoltM.Demuro+2500
Cross MajestyK.Miura+1300
Born This WayS.Ishibashi+600
Shonan MagmaA.Sugawara+550
Tagano FinaleY.Yoshida+4800
Mikki BunbunK.Kikuzawa+2200
Sonnet PhraseA.Tsumura+1000
Gran DiaR.Sakai+700
Go Go YutakaH.Tanabe+800

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