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Takarazuka Kinen G1 Guide

The Takarazuka Kinen is a fan-voted all-star race named for the city of Takarazuka, where Hanshin racecourse is located. It was first run in 1960.

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Distance: 2,200 metres
Venue: Hanshin
Prize money: ¥432,000,000

The Takarazuka Kinen in late June is the first of two fan-voted all-star races during the Japanese racing season, with the other being the Group One Arima Kinen in December. Regular fans vote to include the majority of the horses in the maximum 18-runner field, with the rest determined by the amount of prize money they have won. The race is named for the city of Takarazuka where Hanshin racecourse is located and it was first run in 1960.

The Takarazuka Kinen’s honour roll is illustrious and includes TM Opera O, Deep Impact and Orfevre. But only two horses have won the race more than once and both are grey in colour. The quirky stallion Gold Ship achieved his back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014, while the tough mare Chrono Genesis was successful in 2020 and 2021 and between times nailed the 2020 Arima Kinen.

Featured winner: Gold Ship

Many a madcap foible can be forgiven when a horse is as good as Gold Ship. The grey fan-favourite was known as much for his wayward unpredictability as for his brilliant ability in a career that yielded 13 wins from 28 races. As a three-year-old in 2012 he won the first and last legs of the Triple Crown but between times was a moderate fifth in the middle leg, the Group One Tokyo Yushun. He ended that year with a grand prix success in the mighty Arima Kinen.

His Takarazuka Kinen wins in 2013 and 2014 saw him make history as the first two-time winner of that all-star race; he also landed the Group Two Hanshin Daishoten three times and won the Group One Tenno Sho (Autumn) in 2015. But his moody no-shows included 15th in the 2013 Group One Japan Cup, 14th in the following year’s Group One Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and a disinterested 15th when attempting a third Takarazuka Kinen win.

Past winners

YearWinnerJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
2021Chrono GenesisChristophe LemaireTakashi SaitoSunday Racing2:10.9
2020Chrono GenesisYuichi KitamuraTakashi SaitoSunday Racing2:13.5
2019Lys GracieuxDamian LaneToshito YahagiU Carrot Farm2:10.8
2018Mikki RocketRyuji WadaHidetaka OtonashiMizuki Noda2:11.6
2017Satono CrownMirco DemuroNoriyuki HoriHajime Satomi2:11.4
2016MarialiteMasayoshi EbinaTakashi KubotaU Carrot Farm2:12.8
2015Lovely DayYuga KawadaYasutoshi IkeeKaneko Makoto Holdings2:14.4
2014Gold ShipNorihiro YokoyamaNaosuke SugaiEiichi Kobayashi2:13.9
2013Gold ShipHiroyuki UchidaNaosuke SugaiEiichi Kobayashi2:13.2
2012OrfevreKenichi IkezoeYasutoshi IkeeSunday Racing2:10.9
2011EarnestlySato TetsuzoSasaki ShozoKoji Maeda2:10.1
2010Nakayama FestaYoshitomi ShibataYoshitaka NinomiyaShinichi Izumi2:13.0
2009Dream JourneyKenichi IkezoeYasutoshi IkeeSunday Racing2:11.3
2008Eishin DeputyHiroyuki UchidaAkira NomotoToyomitsu Hirai2:15.3
2007Admire MoonYasanuri IwataHiroyoshi MatsudaRiichi Kondo2:12.4
2006Deep ImpactYutaka TakeYasuo IkeeKaneko Makoto Holdings2:13.0
2005Sweep ToshoKenichi IkezoeAkio TsurudomeTosho Sangyo2:11.5
2004Tap Dance CityTetsuzo SatoShozo SasakiYushun Horse Club2:11.1
2003Hishi MiracleKoichi TsunodaMasaru SayamaMasaichiro Abe2:12.0
2002Dantsu FlameShinji FujitaKenji YamauchiTetsuji Yamamoto2:12.9
2001Meisho DotoYasuhiko YasudaIsao YasudaYoshio Matsumoto2:11.7
2000T M Opera ORyuji WadaIchizo IwamotoMasatsugu Takezono2:13.8
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