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Hanshin Juvenile Fillies G1 Guide

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is held in December and is the only Grade 1 race in Japan restricted to two-year-old fillies.

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Venue: Hanshin

Distance: 1600 metres

Prize money: ¥140,200,000

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is the race that most often crowns the divisional champion and claiming the prize is never an easy feat with a big field of up to 18 runners engaged in a searching tussle around Hanshin’s left-handed mile course.

Needless to say, the race has been contested and won by a host of stars. In the past 30 years a total of five fillies have won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and then followed up in the first Classic, the Oka Sho, while the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies-Yushun Himba double has been completed six times. The double of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and the final leg of the three-year-old fillies’ triple crown, the Shuka Sho, has been achieved three times. Apapane bagged the fillies’ triple crown after her success in the race, while Buena Vista won the first two fillies’ Classics after her Hanshin Juvenile Fillies’ win.

Featured winner:  Buena Vista

A comfortable win in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies of 2008 ensured Buena Vista was that year’s JRA champion two-year-old filly. The Hiroyoshi Matsuda-trained galloper was a genuine star but not a dominant champion. Buena Vista won the first two fillies’ Classics, the Oka Sho and the Yushun Himba, defeating Red Desire, only to suffer a surprising reversal to that rival in the Shuka Sho, a result that cost her the fillies’ triple crown. 

She raced for two more seasons, earning further Grade 1 wins in the Victoria Mile, Tenno Sho Autumn and the Japan Cup. The tough and talented mare also placed second in the Arima Kinen in 2009 and 2010, and filled the same position behind Britain’s Dar Re Mi in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. Buena Vista was crowned Japan’s Horse of the Year in 2010 and retired with nine wins and 11 placings from 23 starts.

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Buena Vista winning the 2008 G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. Photo: JRA).

Past Winners:

YearWinnerJockeyTrainerOwnersTime
2021Circle of LifeMirco DemuroSakae KuniedaMasatake Iida01:33.8
2020SodashiHayato YoshidaNaosuke SugaiKaneko Makoto Holdings01:33.1
2019ResistenciaYuichi KitamuraTakeshi MatsushitaU Carrot Farm01:32.7
2018Danon FantasyCristian DemuroMitsumasa NakauchidaDanon Co Ltd01:34.1
2017Lucky LilacSyu IshibashiMikio MatsunagaSunday Racing01:34.3
2016Soul StirringChristophe LemaireKazuo FujisawaShadai Race Horse Co. Ltd01:34.0
2015Major EmblemChristophe LemaireYasuhito TamuraSunday Racing Co. Ltd01:34.5
2014Shonan AdelaMasayoshi EbinaYoshitaka NinomiyaTetsuhide Kunimoto01:34.4
2013Red ReveurKeita TosakiNaosuke SugaiTokyo Horse Racing Co. Ltd01:33.9
2012Robe TissageShin-ichiro AkiyamaNaosuke SugaiSilk Co. Ltd.01:34.2
2011Joie de VivreYuichi FukunagaHiroyoshi MatsudaSunday Racing Co. Ltd01:34.9
2010Reve d'EssorYuichi FukunagaHiroyoshi MatsudaSunday Racing Co. Ltd01:35.7
2009ApapaneMasayoshi EbinaSakae KuniedaKaneko Makoto Holdings01:34.9
2008Buena VistaKatsumi AndoHiroyoshi MatsudaSunday Racing Co. Ltd01:35.2
2007Tall PoppyKen-ichi IkezoeKatsuhiko SumiiCarrot Farm01:33.8
2006VodkaHirofumi ShiiKatsuhiko SumiiYuzo Tanimizu01:33.1
2005T M PrecureShigefumi KumazawaTadao IgarashiMasatsugu Takezono01:37.3
2004Shonan PeintreYutaka YoshidaYokichi OkuboTetsuhide Kunimoto01:35.2
2003Yamanin SucreHirofumi ShiiHidekazu AsamiHajime Doi01:35.9
2002Peace of WorldYuichi FukunagaMasahiro SakaguchiTadashi Iida01:34.7
2001Tamuro CherryOlivier PeslierMasato NishizonoTamuro Taniguchi01:35.1
2000T M OceanMasaru HondaKatsuichi NishuiraMasatsugu Takezono01:34.6
1999Yamakatsu SuzuranMichael KinaneKaneo IkezoeHiroyasu Yamada01:35.6
1998StingerNorihiro YokoyamaKazuo FujisawaTeruya Yoshida01:37.0
1997Ein BrideYoshihiro FurukawaToru MiyaMiyoji Araki01:35.8
1996Mejiro DoberYutaka YoshidaYokichi OkuboMejiro Shoji Inc.01:34.6
1995Biwa HeidiKoichi TsunodaMitsumasa HamadaBiwa01:35.3
1994Yamanin ParadiseYutaka TakeKunikazu AsamiDoi Shoji01:34.7
1993Hishi AmazonEiji NakadateTakayoshi NakanoMasaichiro Abe01:35.9
1992Suehiro Jo OHiromasa TamogiTakeshi YoshinagaOtojiro Kobayashi01:37.9
1991Nishino FlowerMasao SatoMasahiro MatsudaMasayuki Nishiyama01:36.2
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