Yushun Himba Stakes Odds, Field & Predictions

Can Liberty Island follow up her devastating win in the 1000 Guineas by taking the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) as the odds on chalk?

Yushun Himba Stakes

Grade 1 – Purse $2,335,000 – 2400 meters (1 mile 4 furlongs) miles) – Turf – 3-Year-Old Fillies

No doubt the horse with the best form is Liberty Island after she blitzed the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) field with a burst of speed in the stretch that was beyond belief. She was near last as they exited the far turn and still had ten lengths to make up with two furlongs to run.

However, she got up late on the wire to win that and take her record to three from four.

She does have tremendous speed, so the question is can she manage this stretch-out in distance by four furlongs? She has already beaten many of these, including the runner-up in the Oka Sho, Kona Coast.

There seems no reason for Kona Coast to turn that form around, so let’s look at some that have not already faced Liberty Island, and So Dazzling is one that still could be unexposed.

She broke the maiden tag the second time around after finishing runner-up on debut. She was then sent up the class ladder next time and was a fine second in the Sho Flora Stakes where she just held well for second. There is a definite upside in the stretch-out in distance and she’ll be one stalking the early speed.

Another very unexposed horse is Mikki Gorgeous who has only had the two runs but has won both, and they have come over 1800 meters (1 mile 1 furlong) and 2000 meters (1 mile 2 furlongs) she has won her two races on the speed and we could see her attempt to use her stamina and go gate to wire here.

Looking at the horses with some proven graded stakes form and the one that catches the eye is Doe Eyes.

She broke the maiden tag at the first attempt as a two-year-old but has failed to win since that race. However, she has run some fantastic races in defeat, including when finishing behind Liberty Island in last year’s G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes and the recent Oka Sho.

She has finished off her races very well and is a deep closer. She’ll need luck in the run but the stretch-out in distance gives plenty of upside.

Yushun Himba Stakes Odds & Betting Predictions

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
RavelR.Sakai+3300
Light QuantumH.Tanabe+3800
Kita WingM.Sugihara+6500
Kiminonawa MariaK.Miura+10000
Liberty IslandY.Kawada-150
Golden HindA.Sugawara+1000
Hip Hop SoulA.Tsumura+5000
RemigeK.Ogino+15000
Kona CoastD.Lane+1000
So DazzlingY.Take+2200
Mikki GorgeousK.Tosaki+3000
HarperC.Lemaire+650
DuraA.Saito+7500
PerifaniaT.Yokoyama+2000
EmuM.Demuro+5500
Doe EyesH.Yoshida+1500
ShinryokukaY.Yoshida+2200
England EyesK.Yokoyama+3500

The race probably revolves around the question of if Liberty Island can cope with the big stretch-out in distance and if she does, then she should win.

However, she could be vulnerable, and as a very short-priced chalk then DOE EYES is the pick here. She has had no luck in running both times against Liberty Island and this will be a strongly run race, and she looks like the one who will benefit most. She looks a great value play across the board at likely big odds.

Kona Coast is very consistent, and along with the unexposed So Dazzling and Mikki Gorgeous can be battling for a slice of this $2,000,000 purse.

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