Takarazuka Kinen 2023: Lemaire confident in Equinox's class

Equinox confirms his position as the top-rated racehorse in the world with a dazzling display to win his fourth Grade 1 in succession to take out the G1 Takarazuka Kinen 2023 at Hanshin on Sunday

Takarazuka Kinen

Grade 1 – Purse $2,958,000 – 2200 meters (1 mile 3 furlongs) – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

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Unlike the Japanese Derby, there were no mishaps at the gate for Dura Erede, and he was fast away from his wide gate and was able to get across and contested the early speed, and as they went into the clubhouse turn he followed Unicorn Lion who was urged to the front.

Settling down going down the backstretch, the chalk and eventual winner EQUINOX was way back after being slow to break from the gates, and his early position put him around twelve lengths off the speed.

The front pair were not going too quick and were followed into the backstretch by the two 100/1 longshots Breakup and Karate while stalking the early speed in mid-pack we had the well-fancied Justin Palace.

As they hit the 600 metres (3 furlongs) mark Unicorn Lion was starting to back out of the argument, and the eye was drawn to Equinox who was now asked to close under Lemaire but having to do so wide in the six lane.


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As they hit the top of the stretch Dura Erede and Geraldina made their bids for glory but Equinox was in full flow and he came to lead at the furlong pole and quickly widened by a length.

He was closed down late by Through Seven Seas and Justin Palace but held well by a neck and a length, with Geraldina finishing fourth after emptying late on.

Takarazuka Kinen 2023 Payouts

1. Equinox$1.30$1.10
2. Through Seven Seas $5.60
3. Justin Palace $1.70

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