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April 29, 2018


Rainbow Line Captures Much-Awaited First G1 Title in This Year's Tenno Sho (Spring)
Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Second favorite Rainbow Line registered his first G1 victory in this year’s Tenno Sho (Spring). The son of Stay Gold claimed his first graded victory in the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) in his three-year-old season and marked a third and a second in his G1 challenges, the NHK Mile Cup (1,600m) and the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, 3,000m), respectively, the same year. While his best performance last year was a third in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m), he registered his first win in 13 starts this year in the previous Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m). Trainer Hidekazu Asami captured his fifth JRA-G1 victory following his win in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) with Reginetta in 2008 and jockey Yasunari Iwata landed his 25th G1 title following his Oka Sho win with Let’s Go Donki in 2015. This marked the second Tenno Sho (Spring) victory for both the trainer and jockey, following the first title with Mejiro Bright in 1998 and Admire Jupiter in 2008, respectively.

Breaking smoothly from stall 12, Rainbow Line eased back and sat around 11th as Yamakatsu Raiden rushed out to take command. As the field that spread into a long line through the backstretch started to close in rounding the last corners, the son of Stay Gold took a wide turn and briefly met traffic entering the lane. Finding room on the inside, veteran jockey Yasunari Iwata threaded his mount between horses, and once coming within the range of the race favorite who had inherited the lead at the top of the stretch, the bay unleashed an incredible stretch drive to pin the race favorite 100 meters out and pulled away for a neck victory. After the race, Rainbow Line was found to have lameness in his right foreleg and was transported without making a victory run.

“While our rivals were making early moves in the backstretch, my mount waited patiently, and I knew he had the needed late kick to reach the front before the wire. I’m worried about the horse. I just hope he’ll be able to run in the next race,” commented jockey Yasunari Iwata. “It’s great that he was able to win the race but I’m concerned about his condition after the race. I hope to give him the best care as possible so that he can recover for his next race,” added trainer Hidekazu Asami.

Odds on favorite Cheval Grand traveled right outside Ganko in fourth and made bid turning the last corner to take command at the top of the stretch. While sustaining bid for his second G1 title, the son of Heart’s Cry was unable to fend off the strong challenge by Rainbow Line but managed to cross the wire before Clincher in second.

Fourth pick Clincher broke well and settle in mid-division, around eighth from the front. The Deep Sky colt steadily advanced forward approaching the last two corners to position himself behind Cheval Grand and, though briefly weakening at the top of the stretch, found another gear to pursue the race favorite to the wire. Clincher’s connections have decided to send the bay colt to France and race him in the Prix Foy and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this autumn.

Other Horses:
4th: (1) Mikki Rocket―saved ground in 7th, accelerated along rails at stretch, weakened in final strides
5th: (2) Chestnut Coat―traveled in 9th, switched to outside and advanced at backstretch, showed effort
6th: (15) Tosen Basil―raced in 10th, advanced before 3rd corner (2nd lap), ran gamely until 100m out
7th: (16) Smart Layer―trailed in rear, angled wide, 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs, was too late
8th: (14) Albert―unhurried in 14th early, improved position at backstretch, turned wide, lacked needed kick
9th: (3) Shiho―settled 3rd from rear, showed belated charge, unable to reach contention
10th: (5) Yamakatsu Raiden―set pace, widened gap, led until final corner, gradually fell back
11th: (13) Toshin Monstera―sat 2nd from rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
12th: (10) Satono Chronicle―ran in 12th early, made headway at backstretch, checked at early stretch
13th: (9) Sole Impact―traveled in 6th, failed to respond along rails at stretch
14th: (6) Ganko―took economic trip in 3rd, led briefly at early stretch, dropped back after 300m out
15th: (7) Ping Pong―saved ground in 14th, showed little at stretch
16th: (4) Curren Mirotic―hugged rails in 5th, overtaken by rivals after 3rd corner (2nd lap)
17th: (17) Tomiken Slava―advanced to 2nd from widest stall, fell back at backstretch, faded

4-year-old & up, 3,200 meters (about 16 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, April 29, 2018      Kyoto Racecourse       11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 325,000,000 (about US$ 2,955,000 <US$1=¥110>)
4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2014
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 6 12 Rainbow Line
H5 58.0 Stay Gold
Y. Iwata
H. Asami
Masahiro Mita
Northern Racing
2 6 11 Cheval Grand
H6 58.0 Heart's Cry
Halwa Sweet
H. Bowman
Y. Tomomichi
Kazuhiro Sasaki
Northern Racing
3 4 8 Clincher
C4 58.0 Deep Sky
The Fates
K. Miura
H. Miyamoto
Koji Maeda
Hirayama Bokujo
4 1 1 Mikki Rocket
H5 58.0 King Kamehameha
R. Wada
H. Otonashi
Mizuki Noda
Northern Racing
5 1 2 Chestnut Coat
C4 58.0 Heart's Cry
White Veil
M. Ebina
Y. Yahagi
Yasushi Kubota
Shimokobe Farm
6 8 15 Tosen Basil
H6 58.0 Harbinger
Careless Whisper
M. Demuro
H. Fujiwara
Takaya Shimakawa
Northern Farm
7 8 16 Smart Layer
M8 56.0 Deep Impact
Snow Style
H. Shii
R. Okubo
Toru Okawa
Okada Stud
8 7 14 Albert
H7 58.0 Admire Don
C. Lemaire
N. Hori
Masamichi Hayashi
Northern Farm
9 2 3
H7 58.0 King Kamehameha
S. Hamanaka
K. Sasada
Kyowa Farm Co., Ltd.
Kyowa Farm Co., Ltd.
10 3 5 Yamakatsu Raiden
H6 58.0 Symboli Kris S
Yamakatsu Orchid
K. Matsuyama
K. Ikezoe
H. Yamada
Hiroyasu Yamada
11 7 13 Toshin Monstera
H8 58.0 King Kamehameha
Pink Papillon
K. Kokubun
A. Murayama
Sato Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
12 5 10 Satono Chronicle
C4 58.0 Heart's Cry
Y. Kawada
Y. Ikee
Satomi Horse Company Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
13 5 9 Sole Impact
H6 58.0 Deep Impact
Cream Only
Y. Fukunaga
H. Toda
Yasushi Kubota
Oiwake Farm
14 3 6 Ganko
H5 58.0 Nakayama Festa
Sing up Rock
Y. Fujioka
S. Matsumoto
Mitsuo Sugisawa
Takeshi Maetani
15 4 7 Ping Pong
H8 58.0 Heart's Cry
H. Miyazaki
M. Kasuya
Y. Odagiri
Daiei Bokujo
16 2 4 Curren Mirotic
G10 58.0 Heart's Cry
Star Mie
K. Ikezoe
O. Hirata
Takashi Suzuki
Northern Racing
17 8 17 Tomiken Slava
H8 58.0 Taiki Shuttle
Taiki Clara
S. Akiyama
M. Takeuchi
Kenji Togashi
RRA Co., Ltd.

FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / B=Blinker / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m)

Note1: No Foreign Contenders
Note2: 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.

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 28,252,790,900 ATTENDANCE: 69,308

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.12 ¥600 BRACKET QUINELLA 6-6 ¥1,020 QUINELLA 11-12 ¥1,030
PLACE No.12 ¥190 QUINELLA PLACE 11-12 ¥400 EXACTA 12-11 ¥2,510
No.11 ¥140 8-12 ¥810 TRIO 8-11-12 ¥2,060
No.8 ¥240 8-11 ¥530 TRIFECTA 12-11-8 ¥11,650


  1. 1.Rainbow Line (JPN), bay, horse, 5-year-old
    Stay Gold / Regenbogen (French Deputy)
    Owner: Masahiro Mita Breeder: Northern Racing  
    Trainer: Hidekazu Asami Jockey: Yasunari Iwata  
    22 Starts, 5 Wins    
    Added money: ¥ 153,570,000 Career earnings: ¥ 450,466,000  

  2. 2.Cheval Grand (JPN), chestnut, horse, 6-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Halwa Sweet (Machiavellian)
    Owner: Kazuhiro Sasaki Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Hugh Bowman

  3. 3.Clincher (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Deep Sky / The Fates (Brian's Time)
    Owner: Koji Maeda Breeder: Hirayama Bokujo
    Trainer: Hiroshi Miyamoto Jockey: Kosei Miura
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 13.0 - 11.2 - 11.4 - 12.0 - 12.5 - 12.3 - 12.0 - 13.2 - 12.6 - 12.6 - 12.8 - 12.6 - 12.1 - 12.1 - 11.4 - 12.4
Last 4 furlongs: 48.0          Last 3 furlongs: 35.9

Positions at each corner: 1st corner 5-17-6,11,4,9(1,8)2(12,15)-10,14,7,3,13,16
2nd corner 5=17(6,11)(4,9)(1,8)2,12,15(10,14)7-3,13,16
3rd corner 5-(6,11)(9,8,10,15)(4,2,14)(1,12)(17,7,3)13,16
4th corner (*6,11)(5,8,15)(10,2)(9,1,14)12(4,7,3)(13,16)=17

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.


* Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)
The forerunner of the Tenno Sho was established in 1905 under the name “Emperor’s Cup”, in which the winner received the silver comport bestowed by the Emperor. The race was renamed to “Teishitsu Goshoten Kyoso” the following year. The race became biannual events—held at Hanshin in spring and at Tokyo in autumn—a year after the establishment of the Japan Racing Society (the forerunner of the Japan Racing Association) in 1936, and was officially named the “Tenno Sho” since the autumn of 1947. The Tenno Sho (Spring) became the ultimate competition to determine the champion stayer, having altered its distance to 3,200 meters in 1938 while its counterpart in autumn run over 2,000 meters is one of the biggest middle-distance event contested between the proven older horses with the addition of the three-year-old hopefuls. The venue of the spring version was also moved to Kyoto Racecourse in 1948.
The Tenno Sho (Spring) was designated as an international race in 2005 and welcomed Makybe Diva (GB, by Desert King) of Australia as the first foreign contender the same year. She finished seventh to Suzuka Mambo (JPN, by Sunday Silence) and subsequently went on to make history back home by winning her third consecutive Melbourne Cup (G1, 3,200m). Red Cadeaux (GB, Cadeaux Genereux) was the latest foreign contender of this race in 2014, running for the second time after finishing third in the 2013 edition, but was unable to perform over the firm turf and finished 14th.
Key contenders coming off following lead-up races were: Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m; Mar.18)—winner Rainbow Line who claimed his second graded title, runner-up Satono Chronicle, Kyoto Kinen (G2, 2,200m; Feb.11) victor Clincher (3rd), Albert (4th) who has four graded titles over 3,400m and Curren Mirotic (5th) who finished second and third in the 2015 and 2016 Tenno Sho (Spring), respectively; Nikkei Sho (G2, 2,500m: Mar.24)—winner Ganko who claimed his first grade-race title, runner-up Chestnut Coat and 2017 Hong Kong Vase (G1, 2,400m) third-place finisher Tosen Basil who was fifth; Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m; Apr.1)—four-time graded winner Smart Layer (9th) and 2017 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) victor Cheval Grand (13th).
The race record of 3:12.5 was set by two-time Horse of the Year Kitasan Black (JPN, by Black Tide) in 2017, his second consecutive win in this race.

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