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Homan’s JRA horses to follow – July 12

The full-brother of 2018 Arima Kinen winner Blast Onepiece looks set for his own piece of stardom.

Blast Wave (R5 Hakodate, 1800m, July 10)

Blast Wave is the full brother of 2018 Arima Kinen winner Blast Onepiece and this brave effort showed he could follow him into G1 company. 

The margin of a neck doesn’t tell the full story of this winner, who jockey Kazuo Yokoyama said has huge upside. 

“He jumps well and stayed behind the leader, but I feel he lost his focus in the straight,” he said. “I am glad that he can win this newcomer race. He can have a huge improvement in future.” 

Trainer Masahiro Otake said Blast Wave may run in the Group Three Sapporo Nisai Stakes over 1800m on September 3. The recent winners of that race – Sodashi and Geoglyph – went on to win three-year-old classics.

 

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Ravel winning at Kokura (Photo: @nyaan9999)

Ravel (R5 Kokura, Sunday July 10)

Yoshito Yahagi’s Ravel was great on debut but when she gets to the bigger tracks, over more ground, she will be even better. 

It isn’t a surprise that Ravel is already showing some promise as a stayer given she is a half-sister of 2022 Japanese Oaks placegetter Namur.

Jockey Mirai Iwata was happy with the eye-catching burst of acceleration Ravel unleashed in the straight. 

 “She jumps out slowly and stayed in the mid-pack during the race,” he said. “Her turn of foot is strong and I think she can go faster. She will perform better in a broader racecourse.” 

Yahagi flagged a next start at Tokyo or Hanshin for the daughter of Kitasan Black.

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