Training Report of Foreign Entries
62nd Running of the Yasuda Kinen (G1)
May 30, 2012 (Wednesday)
<At Tokyo Racecourse>
Going: Firm (turf course), Standard (dirt course)
GLORIOUS DAYS (AUS, G5, brown)
- jogged 12 min. in exercise arena, jogged 1/4 lap and lightly cantered 1-3/4 laps on dirt course
(exercised from 6:42 AM to 7:08 AM, ridden by Kin Yiu Yan)
"He looks similar to yesterday but probably more relaxed. Tomorrow we're going to practice over at the paddock parade, so he'll gallop on Friday on the dirt course—he never works on the grass in Hong Kong either.
The thing that he does well is that he accelerates for a small section of the race, so after he straightens up around the point of the turn, he's able to pick up a couple of lengths quickly and put himself in contention. The small sprint that he has during the race is probably his strong suit.
To race him in the Yasuda Kinen has always been on my schedule ever since I started racing him from last November. We purposely didn't race or head towards any Derby races or lead- up races for the Derby, and concentrated on 1,400m and stepped into 1,600m, so it's all been planned a long time out.
(Comments taken from John Size)
LUCKY NINE (IRE, G5, bay)
- jogged up and down stretch on dirt course,
jogged to 1st corner, cantered and galloped 6 furlongs on turf course [6F: 79.9 – 65.7 – 51.8 – 38.8 – 12.0]
(exercised from 6:40 AM to 6:58 AM, ridden by Dale Bussey)
"He moved pretty good today—he's going to need a little bit more though. He's done really well since coming back from Dubai, so we'll just see how he pulls up, and we might give him another pace-work on Friday. They always run time in this race and it will be a test for us, but he had a decent blow after that gallop and he'll improve again."
(Comments taken from Caspar Fownes)
"I'm very happy with his workout, we just progressed him through the galloping, so he found the line. He needed it but we expected that, and his recovery was perfect. But he still needs another one just to clean him up, so we'll gallop him again on Friday on the grass. Regarding the Tokyo course, the left-handed course is no problem and he's handled the hills before in Hanshin and Nakayama, so that's not a concern either. As for the long straight, as long as he doesn't come out too early, he'll be able to finish strongly. A nice draw and some cover would be good."
(Comments taken from Dale Bussey)