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JRA Blackbook: Screen Hero filly makes it three straight at Fukushima

Screen Hero filly Soleil Vita added to her picket fence with another stylish win at Fukushima, while a son of Big Arthur turned heads with a dominant display in a 2YO Newcomer.

Soleil Vita (R10 Fukushima, Class 2 Win, Matsushima Tokubetsu, 1800m, 1 July)

The Haruki Sugiyama-trained filly Soleil Vita continues to show her middle distance ability after notching her third consecutive win over 1800m at Fukushima on Saturday.

A ¥42,900,000 purchase at the 2021 Select Sale, Soleil Vita is out of the Carnegie mare Stapes Mitsuko, making her a half-sister to the 2017 UAE Derby runner-up Epicharis. Her previous wins were in an 1800m Kokura maiden and over 2000m at Fukushima.

Jumping smartly for jockey Atsuya Nishimura, Soleil Vita enjoyed a nice run in second before and looked to have the race in her keeping a long way from home, sprinting clear at the top of the straight to win by two-and-a-half lengths, and with plenty in reserve. 

“I think she has grown up. She looks like a racehorse now,” said Nishimura.

“She is a good and versatile horse, her racing style is flexible. She can lead or hold back a little bit after jumping out from the gate.”

Big Dream (R6 Fukushima, Newcomers, 2-year-old, 1200m, 2 July)

A son of G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen sprinter Big Arthur, two-year-old colt Big Dream did further justice to his name in tipping the scales at a hefty 506kg for his debut outing at Fukushima on Sunday.

A full-brother to the smart three-year-old and four-time JRA winner Big Caesar, the dominant 1.4 favourite jumped well for jockey Hideaki Miyuki before settling behind the leaders for his 1200m assignment.


Big Dream was in a race of his own on debut. (Photo by @_storm_vanguard).

Commencing his run from the 600 metres, Big Dream never looked under any pressure, scoring by six lengths untouched with the whip as he completed his final three furlongs in 34.9s. 

“Just like what he showed in trackwork, his response was strong,” said Miyuki. “I am looking forward to his future.”

Some high level sprint races look well within the scope of this powerful colt, look for him to make an impact in the autumn.




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