A day later, only a couple of noses separated the first three home in the G2 Mainichi Okan at Tokyo and it was Elton Barows (saddlecloth #6) who came out on top. He’s certainly not letting the sun go down on him as that was his fourth consecutive win. Songline lost nothing in defeat by finishing second and all being well she now heads to the Breeders’ Cup in California.
Pradaria notched a well-deserved win on Monday in the G2 Kyoto Daishoten. The colt finished fifth in last year’s Derby and has waited a while to make that form count. The line came too soon for Deep Bond and he had to settle for third in what was another luckless near-miss for him.
Patience is a virtue
Optimism might have turned to slightly bearish sentiment for jockey Junji Iwabe who waited one year and eleven months for his latest Group race ride, which came aboard Marine Bunker in Saturday’s G3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup. Unfortunately, the horse finished a distant last. Iwabe had won on the colt in September, which was coincidentally the jockey’s first win for one year and eleven months. Now in his 30th year of riding, he must certainly know the ups and downs of the job.
Hoping for an autumn comeback
Since taking a tumble in the paddock the other week, jockey Yuji Hishida has been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and will have to undergo an operation. “Hopefully all goes well and it will depend on the rehabilitation time. I want to get back riding once my balance has improved enough,” Hishida said of his injury.
Famous names retire
Daring Tact, the six-year-old mare who as a three-year-old won all the Group 1 races exclusive to three-year-old fillies (Triple Tiara) has been retired to stud. Her trainer Haruki Sugiyama commented on his most recent stable star: “I knew the day would come when I had to get this news, but she was the first unbeaten filly to go on and win all her big races as a three-year-old and it meant so much to me.”
Daring Tact last ran in the 2022 Japan Cup when she finished fourth and will now become a broodmare at the Okada Stud. It’s well worth remembering that she was bought at the 2018 Select Sale for less than ¥13 million (not much more than US$80,000).
Naran Huleg has also been retired, and the 2022 G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen winner will take up stallion duties at the Versailles Farm Resort in Hokkaido. He had a total of 37 career races with his last one being just a couple of weeks ago in the G1 Sprinters Stakes when he finished ninth.