The Shinshun Hai & Aichi Hai Stakes Recap

Grade 2 Handicap – Purse $855,000 – 2200 meters (1 mile 3 furlongs) – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up

The warm favorite Weltreisende flashes home late to get up on the wire to grab his second career graded stakes win in the G2 The Shinshun Hai at Chukyo

There was drama at the start as Mozu Nagareboshi bobbled badly as the gates opened and nearly unshipped jockey Taiga Tsunoda, who did amazingly well to get his irons back and stay in the saddle.

Meanwhile, up front, it was King Of Dragon, Verona City, and African Gold who was forcing what looked like a strong pace. At this point, the favorite and eventual winner

WELTTREISENDE had a lovely stalking position after jockey David Egan had taken advantage of his great post draw..

As they went down the backstretch with the first five furlongs going in a minute flat, it was African Gold forcing the speed with the early leader King Of Dragon being urged for more.

As they hit the top of the stretch, the field started to pan across the track and it was here that Egan had to pitch into the three-lane to make his run. He split horses and got into top gear with a furlong to run. The eventual third Pradaria, who pitched widest of all into the stretch, was also making ground. Still, he could not match the winners finishing burst and closed for third, with early leader King Of Dragon battling bravely for the second spot.

The Shinshun Hai Results courtesy of JazzSports

1. Weltreisende$3.60$1.80
2. King Of Dragon $6.10
3. Pradaria $2.40

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 14.2 secs

The Aichi Hai

Grade 3 – Purse $567,000 – 2000 meters (1 ¼ miles) – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies & Mares

Yuga Kawada produces a masterpiece of a ride to win the Grade 3 Aichi Hai Stakes on Art House, taking her record to four wins from seven starts.

Straight from the off, jockey Kiwamu Ogino made his intentions clear as he rushed Ablaze forward from the widest gate and she led coming out of the clubhouse turn.

The favorite and eventual winner ART HOUSE had also broken smartly from gate three and found a nice spot on the fence stalking the leaders.

As they set off down the backstretch, the pace slowed dramatically and it was clear that Yuga Kawada was happy on the favorite and came off the fence to give his mount plenty of daylight.

Out of the backstretch and the order had not changed with Ablaze still on the speed, with Icon Tailor now within half a length. Maria Elena was third on the rail, while Art House under a patient ride was now ready to strike.

As they entered the stretch and set down for the drive to the wire, the front four all kicked, and on the soft ground, nothing could land a blow from behind.

Icon Tailor went to the lead at the furlong pole but was quickly challenged by Kawada and Art House, who showed a great turn of foot to run out the winner by a length and three quarters, showing the benefit of the cut back in distance.

Icon Tailor held well for second with Maria Elena holding at one pace for third.

The Aichi Hai Results

1. Art House$3.80$1.70
2. Icon Tailor $3.30
3. Maria Elena $2.10

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 03.1 secs

The Keisei Hai

Grade 3 – Purse $567,000 – 2000 meters (1 ¼ miles) – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

Sol Oriens streaks clear in the stretch to win his first graded stakes by taking the Grade 3 Keisei Hai in devastating fashion, remaining unbeaten in the process.

As the gates opened it was Granite who was quickly on the speed and he led from Champagne Color and Sea Wizard.

The pace was fast down the backstretch, going through 5 furlongs in a minute and change. As the leaders continued to battle up front. The eventual winner SOL ORIENS, who was going for two out of two was well positioned on the outside in fifth stalking the speed.

Behind him were the other two that hit the board, Omega Rich Man and Seven Magician, the other joint favorite.

Coming out of the backstretch it was still Granite leading the way, but they were queueing up to attack him with 400 meters (2 furlongs) to go, and it was here that Sol Oriens ran green and drifted wide at the top of the stretch, but jockey Yokohama straightened up his mount and hit the turbo, and in a matter of strides he cleared away for an impressive two and a half-length win at the wire.

The outsider Omega Rich Man ran a fine race to finish second, while the other market principal Seven Magician closed late to take third on the wire.

The Keisei Hai Results

1. Sol Oriens$2.70$1.80
2. Omega Rich Man $7.80
3. Seven Magician $1.60

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 02.2 secs

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