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August 26, 2017


2017 WASJ - Team JRA dominates the top three after Day One

[Day One Summary]

Day one of the World All-Star Jockeys at Sapporo Racecourse ended with Keita Tosaki on top with 38 points by claiming the second leg of the series after finishing sixth in the first. Two points behind in second is Yuichi Fukunaga who won the first leg, followed by Hironobu Tanabe who steadily accumulated points by finishing third and fourth in the two races.

While Team JRA dominated the top three, NAR’s Shogo Nakano and Katelyn Mallyon of Team WAS are tied in fourth with runner-up efforts in the first and second leg, respectively. Meanwhile, last year’s champion Mirco Demuro and runner-up Yutaka Take got off to a slow start with two points each.

Team JRA is leading with 136 points against 88 points accumulated by Team WAS.


Standing Jockey Team August 27, 2017 August 28, 2017 Total
1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg
1 Keita Tosaki (JRA) JRA 6th (8) 1st (30)         38
2 Yuichi Fukunaga (JRA) JRA 1st (30) 7th (6)         36
3 Hironobu Tanabe (JRA) JRA 3rd (15) 4th (12)         27
4 Shogo Nakano (NAR) WAS 2nd (20) 11th (1)         21
4 Katelyn Mallyon (AUS) WAS 13th (1) 2nd (20)         21
6 Christophe Lemaire (JRA) JRA 4th (12) 6th (8)         20
7 Eurico Da Silva (CAN) WAS 10th (1) 3rd (15)         16
8 Hiroyuki Uchida (JRA) JRA 5th (10) 12th (1)         11
8 Kerrin McEvoy (AUS) WAS 11th (1) 5th (10)         11
10 Tom Queally (GB) WAS 8th (4) 8th (4)         8
10 Joao Moreira (HK) WAS 7th (6) 9th (2)         8
12 Anthony Crastus (FR) WAS 9th (2) 14th (1)         3
13 Yutaka Take (JRA) JRA 14th (1) 10th (1)         2
13 Mirco Demuro (JRA) JRA 12th (1) 13th (1)         2
Team WAS (World All-Star) : 88 points Team JRA : 136 points
*1st: 30 points / 2nd: 20 points / 3rd: 15 points / 4th: 12 points / 5th: 10 points / 6th: 8 points / 7th: 6 points /
8th: 4 points / 9th: 2 points / 10th: 1 point / 11th: 1 point / 12th: 1 point / 13th: 1 point / 14th: 1 point


Saturday, August 26, 2017          Sapporo Racecourse        10th Race        Post Time: 15:01
3-year-old & up, Allowance (10Million & Less), 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs), turf, right-handed
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 14 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
Jockey Weight
Margin Odds (Fav)
1 3 4 Paradise Garden (USA) M5 Yuichi Fukunaga 56.0 1:10.4 7.0 (4)
2 7 11 Meiner Paradis (JPN) C3 Shogo Nakano 56.0 Nose 4.9 (2)
3 8 14 Jailer (JPN) F4 Hironobu Tanabe 56.0 1-3/4 30.0 (8)
4 8 13 Mayuki (JPN) M6 Christophe Lemaire 56.0 Head 37.3 (12)
5 6 9 Candy Barows (JPN) F4 Hiroyuki Uchida 56.0 Neck 7.9 (5)
6 3 3 Levanter (JPN) G8 Keita Tosaki 58.0 Neck 99.2 (14)
7 5 8 Crown Iris (JPN) M6 Joao Moreira 56.0 Neck 5.7 (3)
8 4 5 Demoiselle (JPN) F3 Tom Queally 54.0 Neck 35.4 (11)
9 6 10 La Jolla Beach (JPN) M5 Anthony Crastus 56.0 Neck 9.0 (6)
10 4 6 T O Soldier (JPN) H6 Eurico Da Silva 58.0 1/2 38.2 (13)
11 5 7 Kurino Sweet Pea (JPN) M5 Kerrin McEvoy 56.0 Neck 34.1 (10)
12 2 2 Sardona (JPN) F4 Mirco Demuro 56.0 Head 4.0 (1)
13 1 1 Waffe Starke (JPN) H6 Katelyn Mallyon 58.0 3/4 30.1 (9)
14 7 12 Kids Light On (JPN) H5 Yutaka Take 58.0 1-3/4 15.5 (7)
FP= Final Position / BK= Bracket Number / PP = Post Position / B=Blinker / DS=Distance
NOTE:Figures quoted under Odds are Win Odds, which show the amount of money you get back per single unit (100yen), and Fav indicates the order of favorites.

Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.3 - 11.0 - 11.8 - 11.9 - 11.5 - 11.9
Last 4 furlong: 47.1 Last 3 furlong: 35.3
Positions at each corner:  3rd corner 9,10(2,8,14)(1,5,11,13)(4,6,12)7,3
4th corner (*9,10,14)(2,8,11,13)(1,5)(6,12)(4,7)3

Note1: Underlined bold number indicates the winning horse.
Note2: Horse numbers are indicated in the order of their positions at each corner, with the first position listed first. Two or more horses inside the same parentheses indicate that they were positioned side by side. Hyphens between the horse numbers indicate that there is distance between the former and the latter. The asterisk indicates a slight lead.

1st: (4) Yuichi Fukunaga―hugged rails 3rd from rear, angled out after final corner for powerful stretch run, caught up with Nakano and nosed out at wire
2nd: (11) Shogo Nakano―traveled wide in mid-division, surged out 50m out, challenged and out-nosed by Fukunaga
3rd: (14) Hironobu Tanabe―broke well from outermost stall, gradually advanced forward in backstretch, entered lane in 3rd, held on well in stretch to finish third
4th: (13) Christophe Lemaire―raced wide in mid-pack, showed good effort, passing tiring rivals in stretch
5th: (9) Hiroyuki Uchida―good start, set pace till 50m out, weakened to 5th
6th: (3) Keita Tosaki―was off slow, trailed in rear, showed 2nd fastest but belated drive down straight
7th: (8) Joao Moreira―sat in 4th near pace, met traffic 100m out, lost momentum
8th: (5) Tom Queally―sat in mid-division, showed brief response, found little room 150m out "She made a good start and was rated in mid-pack. It took some time for her to accelerate after launching her bid, and it seems that she tends to lean on her right bit when she gets tired. But I think she made her best efforts."
9th: (10) Anthony Crastus―pressed pace in 2nd, sustained bid, weakened in final strides "She seemed to lack concentration and was unable to show 100% of her ability. She was tired and was staggering in the stretch."
10th: (6) Eurico Da Silva―mild start, 4th to 5th from rear, made bid splitting horses in last corner, failed to threaten
“The horse seemed to be a bit bothered by the turf. I think he will do better in dirt races.”
11th: (7) Kerrin McEvoy―broke poorly, raced 2nd from rear, turned wide, unable to reach contention
“It all comes down to the poor break.”
12th: (2) Mirco Demuro―stalked around 3rd along rails, weakened in last 200m
13th: (1) Katelyn Mallyon―broke well, hugged rails in mid-pack, never fired
“The horse broke smoothly but we were unable to race in a good position because we had the innermost stall. I think the horse ran really well.”
14th: (12) Yutaka Take―ran wide in mid-group, lost momentum after checked rounding last corner


Saturday, August 26, 2017          Sapporo Racecourse        11th Race        Post Time: 15:35
3-year-old & up, Allowance (16Million & Less), 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 14 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
Jockey Weight
Margin Odds (Fav)
1 7 12 Crocosmia (JPN) F4 Keita Tosaki 56.0 2:01.0 2.7 (1)
2 2 2 Gekkako (JPN) F4 Katelyn Mallyon 56.0 3 16.8 (8)
3 5 8 Shonan Marche (JPN) G6 Eurico Da Silva 58.0 3/4 33.7 (10)
4 6 10 Win Phoenix (JPN) H6 Hironobu Tanabe 58.0 1/2 8.5 (5)
5 4 6 Ken Hovawart (JPN) C4 Kerrin McEvoy 58.0 Neck 8.4 (4)
6 3 3 Etre Digne (JPN) C3 Christophe Lemaire 56.0 1-1/4 5.6 (2)
7 6 9 Hatsugatsuo (JPN) M6 Yuichi Fukunaga 56.0 1-1/4 39.7 (11)
8 5 7 Satono Sting (JPN) H6 Tom Queally 58.0 1 11.3 (6)
9 3 4 Makeup (JPN) H6 Joao Moreira 58.0 3/4 15.1 (7)
10 8 13 Bernini (JPN) H8 Yutaka Take 58.0 1/2 80.3 (13)
11 8 14 Tomiken Slava(JPN) H7 Shogo Nakano 58.0 Head 24.0 (9)
12 4 5 Diamond Dance (JPN) H8 Hiroyuki Uchida 58.0 2-1/2 106.4 (14)
13 7 11 Derma Sallie Chan (JPN) M6 Mirco Demuro 56.0 Nose 7.9 (3)
14 1 1 Rainbow Song (JPN) M5 Anthony Crastus 56.0 7 49.0 (12)

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 5,093,670,500 ATTENDANCE: 13,608
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.5 - 11.2 - 12.2 - 12.3 - 12.3 - 12.4 - 11.9 - 12.0 - 12.1 - 12.1
Last 4 furlong: 48.1 Last 3 furlong: 36.2
Positions at each corner:  1st corner 12,6,2,8,3(1,14)(4,9,10)-7,5,13-11
2nd corner 12,6,2,8(1,3)14(4,10)9-7(5,13)-11
3rd corner (*12,6)(2,3)(8,14,10)(1,4,9,7)-(5,13)-11
4th corner 12(2,6)(8,3,10)(9,7)(4,14)-(5,13)1,11

1st: (12) Keita Tosaki―saved ground from outer stall to take lead, widened gap to 2 lengths, was closed in at last corners but unleashed powerful speed entering lane for three-length win
2nd: (2) Katelyn Mallyon―stalked leaders in 3rd, sustained bid well, advanced to 2nd before 200m marker
“She broke and raced really well, but the winner was too strong.”
3rd: (8) Eurico Da Silva―broke sharply, rated in good position, 4th from front, steered inside for room at top of stretch, chased Mallyon until wire for 3rd
“He’s a very good horse and I think he might be better suited to distances longer than 2,000 meters. If he can race like today, I think we can expect a better result in his next start.”
4th: (10) Hironobu Tanabe―traveled 3-wide, unhurried in mid-division, steadily advanced while turning last corners, showed good stretch kick, nailed McEvoy right before the wire
5th: (6) Kerrin McEvoy―broke well, stalked leader, held on well but gradually gave way in final furlong
“I wanted to take my mount to the front but the winner had more speed. He was moving well though...”
6th: (3) Christophe Lemaire―broke well, raced 5-6th from front, turned wide to make bid after entering lane but lacked needed response to improve position
7th: (9) Yuichi Fukunaga―sat 5th from rear, made headway at 3rd corner, improved position without reaching contention
8th: (7) Tom Queally―was off slow, 4th from rear, launched early bid, wide last turn, lacked response
“We were able to race well in good position but he seemed to be a bit nervous of the other horses and lacked concentration.”
9th: (4) Joao Moreira―rated along rails in mid-division, urged after 3rd corner, weakened in last 200m
“My mount broke smoothly and raced well but weakened in the last 200 meters.”
10th: (13) Yutaka Take―checked after start, raced 2nd from rear, advanced late, never a threat
11th: (14) Shogo Nakano―dashed to mid-field from farthest stall, mild bid after 3rd corner, failed to respond
12th: (5) Hiroyuki Uchida―bumped after break, trailed 3rd from rear, never fired
13th: (11) Mirco Demuro―checked after start, in far rear throughout, mild bid in straight, was too late
14th: (1) Anthony Crastus―reserved in mid-field on rails, retreated to last before 4th corner, faded
“We were caught between horses and the mare lost concentration in the backstretch.”

World All-Star Jockeys

In place of the World Super Jockeys Series that were held either on the last weekend of November or the first weekend of December since 1987 at Tokyo and Hanshin—it was held temporarily at Kyoto in 1990—the World All-Star Jockeys commenced as a renewed version in 2015 staged at Sapporo Racecourse in the summer. The annual event, popular in Japan and throughout the world, has boasted a total of more than 200 top-caliber participants from abroad during its 31-year history.
In this series, points are awarded to each jockey according to their placing in each race, and the total points accumulated from the four races run over the two-day period are calculated at the end of the second day to determine the champion. At the same time, a team competition is carried out where the overseas jockeys and the NAR (National Association of Racing; local public racing) jockey form the “Team WAS (World All-Star)” to compete against the “Team JRA” jockeys in their bid to attain the most points as a team.
This year’s Team WAS included Anthony Crastus (FR), Eurico Da Silva (CAN), Katelyn Mallyon (AUS), Kerrin McEvoy (AUS), Joao Moreira (HK) and Tom Queally (GB) from abroad, and Shogo Nakano (NAR Funabashi) who gained his ticket to the series by winning the Super Jockeys Trial.
The JRA jockeys taking on the challenges included Christophe Lemaire who earned his seat by claiming the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and Keita Tosaki, the JRA Award Most Valuable Jockey (MVJ) in 2016. Hiroyuki Uchida and Hironobu Tanabe from the Eastern district and Mirco Demuro from the Western District were among the lineup as the leaders in the jockey rankings (in wins) as of July 23. Also from the Western District, Yutaka Take and Yuichi Fukunaga, who scored their 3,900th and 2,000th JRA career win this year, respectively, were selected to join in the series based on their outstanding performances.

Last year, Mirco Demuro claimed the championship for the first time by registering a win and a fifth on both days while Yutaka Take who tied with Demuro on Day One with two runner-up efforts succumbed to second overall by finishing second and 11th on Day Two. NAR Kochi’s Taichi Nagamori came in third by capturing his first JRA win in the fourth race while defending champion Joao Moreira from Hong Kong was fifth with the best score among the foreign jockeys.

[Other Races Ridden by Foreign Participants]

2nd race: Two-Year-Olds (Maiden, Fillies), turf, 1,500m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Red Regnant (JPN, F2), favorite
3rd race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—3rd on World Vision (JPN, C3), favorite
4th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 1,500m, 13 runners
  Joao Moreira—2nd on Veritable (JPN, F3), favorite
5th race: Two-Year-Olds (Newcomer), dirt, 1,700m, 9 runners
  Anthony Crastus—5th on Dorothea (JPN, F2), 5th favorite
6th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 2,000m, 16 runners
  Joao Moreira—13th on Oro Fine (JPN, F3), 2nd favorite
  Tom Queally—15th on Shonan Tarot (JPN, C3), 12th favorite
7th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (Allowance (5Million & Less), Fillies), turf, 1,200m, 16 runners
  Joao Moreira—12th on Zero Karano Kiseki (JPN, F4), 3rd favorite
8th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (Allowance (5Million & Less)), dirt, 1,000m, 12 runners
  Joao Moreira—4th on Great Bless (JPN, H5), 2nd favorite
9th race: Shakotan Tokubetsu (Allowance (5Million & Less)), turf, 2,600m, 11 runners
  Kerrin McEvoy—7th on Dolphin Mark (JPN, G4), 5th favorite
12th race: Niseko Tokubetsu (Allowance (5Million & Less)), dirt, 1,700m, 12 runners
  Joao Moreira—3rd on Raider (JPN, C3), 3rd favorite
  Kerrin McEvoy—4th on Ashaka Libra (JPN, C3), 6th favorite
  Eurico Da Silva—8th on Otokogi Masamune (JPN, H6), 10th favorite

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