JRA Blackbook: Heart’s Cry filly takes luck out of the equation
A pair of talented two-year-old fillies feature as our horses to follow in this week's edition of JRA Blackbook.
Rouge Suerte (R6 Tokyo, 2YO, Class 1 Win, 1400m, 22 Oct)
This daughter of Heart’s Cry had shown exceptional ability on the training track prior to debuting with a shock loss over 1800 metres at Tokyo – when the 1.4 favourite settled back in the field – but that did not deter punters from ‘stepping in’ again at her next two starts.
A drop back in distance and change in tactics has since done the trick for Sakae Kunieda’s two-year-old and her supporters, with the half-sister to 2021 G2 Kyoto Shimbun Hai winner Red Genesis winning consecutively over 1400 metres at Niigata and Tokyo respectively.
Both of Rouge Suerte’s victories have been achieved via dominant front-running displays, first beneath Christophe Lemaire (at 1.5) and more recently for Kazuo Yokoyama, this time at an even more prohibitive quote of 1.1.
Yokoyama and the favourite never had a moment’s concern at Tokyo on Sunday however, cruising along in front before coasting clear in the straight to win by five lengths, still recording a race-fastest 33.4s for her final 600 metres when subjected to only minimal pressure.