The past weekend Tokyo racecourse offered two Graded races. Yesterday, brilliant four-year-old fillies and older mares lined up for the G1 Victoria Mile. After two attempts on the dirt surface, white filly Sodashi returned to the turf with a bang, securing not only a victory here but also a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, held in Keeneland during autumn. while on Saturday Meikei Yell bagged her second G2 win in the Spring Cup
In the field of twelve four-year-old and older participants, Meikei Yell (21-10) fulfilled the role of a favourite in this G2 turf race held at the distance of seven furlongs. With the purse of 114,000,000 Yen, the event attracted some interesting contestants; however, the Hidenori Take bound four-year-old filly was the clear leading chance here, which she affirmed in the final stretch when she took command and scored by a half of a length.
Crossing the wire in 1m 20.20s, she sentenced smart Sky Groove (3-1) to second place in front of another talented four-year-old, Time To Heaven (104-10).
With three Graded successes, Meikei Yell just looked to be waiting for another big win as, under Kenichi Ikezoe, she entered the Spring Cup with decent performances among the elite under her belt.
Although she was quite restless throughout the race, the jockey managed to settle with her, and once the field hit the final stretch, Meikei Yell had enough energy to deliver a good finish. She bagged her second G2 victory finely before Sky Groove, finishing from the pack with a powerful kick alongside Time To Heaven. They have also suggested to be capable of respectable results in such a competition.
The mile-long G1 race welcomed some exciting four-year-old fillies and older mares who competed for the purse of 253,400,000 Yen. On the turf surface, white filly Sodashi (47-10) was returning from her attempts on the dirt ground, and very successfully so as her finish was the most powerful of all.
In the final stretch, Hayato Yoshida pushed the four-year-old white filly forward, Sodashi accelerated beautifully, and without any problems, she cruised for the triumph in 1m 32.20s with the advantage of two lengths. Fine Rouge (22-5) secured second place behind the leader, with Resistencia (118-10) held on to the third place.
The champion juvenile filly of 2020, Sodashi, then went on to bag the Japanese 1000 Guineas; however, she hasn’t achieved another G1 victory since. Trainer Naosuke Sugai even sent the white filly among the dirt specialists where Sodashi showed a good effort last time out, but it was obvious she had to improve on that to have a say on Sunday.
And she did. white filly Sodashi was just brilliant this time, galloping in the midpack to strike in the final stretch with such a force none of her rivals could challenge her. Still, Fine Rouge once again hinted she belongs among the local elite of fillies and mares, while Resistencia successfully made amends for her lacklustre effort in the G1 Takamatsunomia Stakes. Outsider Rosa Noir (1914-1) ran in fourth, with Songline (22-5) taking fifth place.
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