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Homan’s JRA horses to follow – August 23

A two-year-old colt that registered the biggest winning margin in 37 years is the headline act in this week's 'horses to follow' from our JRA expert.

Yamanin Ours (R6 Kokura, newcomer, 1700m dirt, August 20)

This two-year-old newcomer was hard to miss: Yamanin Ours streaked away on the dirt to log the biggest winning margin – by time – since 1984, beating the second horse by 4.3 seconds (the official margin by length was listed as “distant”). The Just A Way colt also lowered the two-year-old course record by half a second. 

Trainer Takashi Saito felt Yamanin Ours was simply running on raw talent and believes there is natural improvement to come. 

“He did not relax until he passed the post,” Saito said post-race.

“He is an honest and serious horse. He gains a lot of experience in this newcomer race. We may bring him back to turf in next race.”

Dinasta (R11 Sapporo, Class 2, 2600m, August 20)

A day before Jack d’Or showed he is a serious Group 1 contender with victory in a star-studded G2 Sapporo Kinen, his three-year-old half-brother notched back-to-back wins at 2600m and lined up a possible start over 3000m in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger).

It took five starts and until April for Dinasta to break his maiden but a step out to some genuine staying trips and daring tactics from jockey Kazuo Yokoyama has helped the son of Duramente find his best. 


Dinasta could tackle the Kikuka Sho next. (Photo by @veroniiiichan via Twitter)

Yokoyama whipped around the field down the back and went to the front with a mile to go before grinding to the line. 

“It is the first time he has competed in this class and it should be a tough race for him. He should be a good one but he can still grow,” Yokoyama said, adding that Dinasta prefers firm ground to the good surface he was able to win on last weekend. “I don’t think that ground helped him.” 

This year’s Kikuka Sho will be held on October 23, at Hanshin due to the racecourse redevelopment at Kyoto. 



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