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August 26, 2018


Christophe Lemaire Prevails in Fourth Leg to Capture the 2018 World All-Star Jockeys Title
2018 World All-Star Jockeys 3rd Leg

2018 World All-Star Jockeys 4th Leg

2018 World All-Star Jockeys Closing ceremony

2018 World All-Star Jockeys Closing ceremony

2018 World All-Star Jockeys Closing ceremony

Christophe Lemaire showcased a convincing three-length victory in the last leg of the World All-Star Jockeys to dominate this year’s series for the first time in his fifth challenge, bettering his personal best of an overall sixth marked last year. After finishing Day One with 32 points by landing a ninth and a second in the first two legs, respectively, he guided 10th favorite Meiner Bolso to fifth in the 3rd leg before capturing the fourth race with third- favorite Smart Elements, tallying a total of 72 points.

Christophe Lemaire: “I feel great! Sapporo is a wonderful racecourse and I want to thank the racing fans for their support. I was really lucky to have been able to ride good horses this year.”

Yutaka Take led with 38 points after the first day and showed a good runner-up effort in the third leg. However, he was 11th with eighth-pick Forward Cafe in the last race and completed the series 13 points behind Lemaire in second, missing his second overall win since claiming the World Super Jockeys Series in 1992.

Yutaka Take: “I’m glad I was able to win one race in the series. I was hoping that maybe I could win this year because I was on top after the third leg, so I was a bit disappointed when I saw Lemaire raising his hand in triumph.”

Tied in seventh after Day One, Mirco Demuro advanced to third with 40 points after marking a seventh and a runner-up effort in the last two legs.

Mirco Demuro: “I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to win the series but I’m happy to be able to come in third. I’m also glad that Team JRA was able to win the team competition for four consecutive years.”

Rafael Bejarano bested the foreign jockeys in fourth overall with 38 points.

Meanwhile, Team JRA claimed the team title with a comfortable 77-point margin over Team WAS and landed its fourth consecutive title, largely thanks to the performances of the top three jockeys.

[Series Summary]


Standing Jockey Team August 25, 2018 August 26, 2018 Total
1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg
1 Christophe Lemaire (JRA) JRA 9th (2) 1st (30) 5th (10) 1st (30) 72
2 Yutaka Take (JRA) JRA 1st (30) 6th (8) 2nd (20) 11th (1) 59
3 Mirco Demuro (JRA) JRA 5th (10) 8th (4) 7th (6) 2nd (20) 40
4 Rafael Bejarano (USA) WAS 2nd (20) 9th (2) 11th (1) 3rd (15) 38
5 Joao Moreira (BRA) WAS 8th (4) 11th (1) 1st (30) 13th (1) 36
6 Hironobu Tanabe (JRA) JRA 6th (8) S (6) 3rd (15) 10th (1) 30
6 Shane Foley (IRE) WAS 13th (1) 2nd (20) 10th (1) 6th (8) 30
8 Yuichi Fukunaga (JRA) JRA 3rd (15) 12th (1) 4th (12) 14th (1) 29
9 Chadley Schofield (HK) WAS 12th (1) 4th (12) 13th (1) 4th (12) 26
10 Ioritz Mendizabal (FR) WAS 11th (1) 5th (10) 8th (4) 7th (6) 21
11 Masaaki Kuwamura (NAR) WAS 10th (1) 7th (6) 6th (8) 8th (4) 19
11 Keita Tosaki (JRA) JRA 14th (1) 3rd (15) 9th (2) 12th (1) 19
13 Samantha Collett (NZ) WAS 7th (6) 10th (1) 14th (1) 5th (10) 18
14 Hiroyuki Uchida (JRA) JRA 4th (12) 13th (1) 12th (1) 9th (2) 16
Team WAS (World All-Star) : 188 points Team JRA : 265 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 / S=Scratched: 6 points


Sunday, August 26, 2018            Sapporo Racecourse        10th Race        Post Time: 15:01
3-year-old & up, Allowance (10Million & Less), 1,700 meters (about 8.5 furlongs), dirt, 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 8 13B Encuentros (JPN) H6 Joao Moreira 58.0 1:44.9 4.3 (2)
2 4 6 Flea Flicker (JPN) C4 Yutaka Take 58.0 Nose 1.9 (1)
3 6 9 Vocazione (JPN) F4 Hironobu Tanabe 56.0 3-1/2 10.8 (4)
4 7 11 Rikisan Daio (JPN) H5 Yuichi Fukunaga 58.0 Neck 13.3 (5)
5 3 3 Meiner Bolso (JPN) H7 Christophe Lemaire 58.0 1/2 37.9 (10)
6 1 1 Meisho Ippon (JPN) C4 Masaaki Kuwamura 58.0 1 48.9 (11)
7 2 2 Bond en Avant (JPN) H5 Mirco Demuro 58.0 1-1/4 32.0 (8)
8 5 7 Lyrical White (JPN) M5 Ioritz Mendizabal 56.0 1-3/4 19.3 (6)
9 3 4 Pinturicchio (JPN) M5 Keita Tosaki 56.0 Head 81.6 (13)
10 5 8 Citropsis (JPN) M5 Shane Foley 56.0 1-1/4 284.0 (14)
11 8 14 Quelle Freude (JPN) H5 Rafael Bejarano 58.0 1/2 8.3 (3)
12 7 12 Matera Riedl (USA) H5 Hiroyuki Uchida 58.0 Neck 24.5 (7)
13 6 10 Evolution (JPN) M7 Chadley Schofield 56.0 2-1/2 70.9 (12)
14 4 5 Hashikami (JPN) H5 Samantha Collett 58.0 Neck 36.1 (9)
FP= Final Position / BK= Bracket Number / PP = Post Position / B=Blinker
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): 6.7 - 11.7 - 12.4 - 12.5 - 12.5 - 11.8 - 11.8 - 12.3 - 13.2
Last 4 furlong: 49.1 Last 3 furlong: 37.3
Positions at each corner:  1st corner (*11,12)(6,14)(3,7)(1,13)9(8,10)(2,4,5)
2nd corner 11,12,6(3,14)(1,7)13,8,9,2(4,10,5)
3rd corner (11,12,6,*13)(1,3,5)7,14(2,8,9)4,10
4th corner (*6,13)11(1,12,3)-(2,7,9)(8,5)14,4-10

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: (13) Joao Moreira—traveled wide in mid-division, early bid in backstretch, dueled strongly with Take in last corners and through homestretch, managed to nose out before wire
“I was told that he was easy to handle. He was relaxed and everything went smoothly between us. The race ended in a duel but he never gave up and won.”
2nd: (6) Yutaka Take—dashed out to press pace in 3rd, briefly led field at top stretch but succumbed to Moreira after strong duel
3rd: (9) Hironobu Tanabe—waited towards rear traveling 3w, turned wide, strong late kick with fastest last 3f drive
4th: (11) Yuichi Fukunaga—disputed lead and set pace, held on well for fourth
5th: (3) Christophe Lemaire—sharp break, sat around 6th by rails, improved position in lane with good late spurt
6th: (1) Masaaki Kuwamura—hugged rails in mid-division, entered lane in 4th, overtaken by two horses but showed good effort
7th: (2) Mirco Demuro—near rear along inside early, edged forward and angled out slightly for clear run, failed to threaten
8th: (7) Ioritz Mendizabal—missed a beat at start, rushed to secure position in mid-pack, failed to reach contention
“She broke poorly and we had to make up ground to be in mid-field where I reserved her energy behind Yutaka Take and the race favorite. But she wasn’t able to keep up in the end.”
9th: (4) Keita Tosaki—allowed to settle off the pace, slight increase in pace but never nearer
10th: (8) Shane Foley—rated in mid-field around 9th-10th, even paced at stretch
“She had a nice start and we were in a good position. We made our move from about the 3rd corner and she still showed effort at the stretch so a step up in distance could help.”
11th: (14) Rafael Bejarano—good break, had to travel wide while up front behind leaders, outrun before last corner
“He broke well but we were falling behind at every turn. He had plenty in the tank at the stretch and probably could have gone further which is a shame because he did have a chance to win this race.”
12th: (12) Hiroyuki Uchida—disputed lead then chased leader in second, used up and faded after third corner
13th: (10) Chadley Schofield—sat in midfield, weakened in backstretch, no response thereafter
“She had a good start but she had nothing left from about the 3rd corner.”
14th: (5) Samantha Collett—slow out of gate, trailed in rear, made headway in backstretch, showed little in homestretch
“We were going smoothly up to the straight where he came up empty.”


Sunday, August 26, 2018            Sapporo Racecourse        12th Race        Post Time: 16:15
3-year-old & up, Allowance (10Million & Less), 1,800 meters (about 9 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 11 Smart Elements (JPN) C4 Christophe Lemaire 58.0 1:50.3 3.5 (3)
2 2 2 Singularity (JPN) C4 Mirco Demuro 58.0 3 3.0 (1)
3 4 5 Three Maximum (JPN) H7 Rafael Bejarano 58.0 1/2 78.5 (12)
4 1 1 Spikenard (JPN) F4 Chadley Schofield 56.0 1-1/2 26.1 (7)
5 3 3 Admire Meteor (JPN) G7 Samantha Collett 58.0 Neck 102.3 (13)
6 5 7 Meiner Fanrong (JPN) C3 Shane Foley 56.0 Neck 3.4 (2)
7 3 4 Prayer Samson (JPN) H5 Ioritz Mendizabal 58.0 Neck 11.3 (4)
8 8 14 Baby Step (JPN) C4 Masaaki Kuwamura 58.0 Neck 61.2 (10)
9 7 12 Esteem (JPN) C4 Hiroyuki Uchida 58.0 Neck 109.9 (14)
10 6 9 Break My Heart (JPN) M5 Hironobu Tanabe 56.0 Neck 68.8 (11)
11 8 13 Forward Cafe (JPN) H6 Yutaka Take 58.0 1-3/4 48.7 (8)
12 4 6 Rolling Tower (JPN) C4 Keita Tosaki 58.0 1 13.8 (5)
13 5 8 Cosmo Pyxis (JPN) M5 Joao Moreira 56.0 Nose 19.6 (6)
14 6 10 Old Classic (JPN) H5 Yuichi Fukunaga 58.0 1-1/4 49.2 (9)

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 10,128,460,200 ATTENDANCE: 19,762
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.5 - 12.4 - 12.5 - 12.5 - 12.2 - 12.2 - 12.0 - 11.9 - 12.1
Last 4 furlong: 48.2 Last 3 furlong: 36.0
Positions at each corner:  1st corner (*5,6)(3,7)4(1,11)10(2,13)14,12,8,9
2nd corner 5(3,6)(4,7)1(10,11)(2,13)14,12,8,9
3rd corner (*5,6)(3,7)(4,11)(1,10,8)13(2,14)(12,9)
4th corner 5(3,6,7)(4,11)1(2,8)(10,13,14)(12,9)

1st: (11) Christophe Lemaire—traveled wide in 7th, made headway rounding last corners, accelerated easily after taking front 200m out
2nd: (2) Mirco Demuro—smooth break, eased back to 9th then to 12th in backstretch, angled out for clear path entering lane, fastest last 3f but not enough to close gap with winner
3rd: (5) Rafael Bejarano—quick out of the gate to set pace, led into stretch, ran on gamely while overtaken by first two finishers
“We had an ideal position after a good break and although we were beaten by the winner in early stretch, he held on well. He’s a good horse.”
4th: (1) Chadley Schofield—sat on rails in mid-division, struggled to find room passing furlong pole, dug in well in last strides
“Our path got narrow at about two furlongs out but she kept on going up to the wire.”
5th: (3) Samantha Collett—chased leader in 2nd or 3rd along rails, weakened in last 200m
“We had a smooth trip and he gave a lot of effort throughout.”
6th: (7) Shane Foley—sat in fifth, keen in backstretch, prominent turning final corner, mild response in straight
“He was quick at the start and was able to race in the front group. He pulled a bit and so I let him take the lead entering the stretch but he was tired in the end.”
7th: (13) Ioritz Mendizabal—rated just off the pace in 4th, met traffic entering lane, failed to reach contention
“His break was sharp so I let him join the front group and concentrated in keeping him relaxed.  Just as I was waiting to make my move, I had a wall of horses in front of me and this was the best I could do.”
8th: (14) Masaaki Kuwamura—raced towards rear, showed good effort after entering lane 3rd from last
9th: (12) Hiroyuki Uchida—reserved 2nd from rear, met traffic entering lane, showed mild effort in last 100m
10th: (9) Hironobu Tanabe—trailed in rear after slow break, passed tired rivals in stretch
11th: (13) Yutaka Take—raced wide in mid-division, never fired at stretch
12th: (6) Keita Tosaki—sharp out of gate, disputed lead then pressed pace outside leader, maintained position up to last turn but tired and faded thereafter
13th: (8) Joao Moreira—unrushed and raced near rear, made headway 1,000m out, circled wide into stretch, outrun in early stretch
“I kept her in hand and asked her at the 800-meter pole as instructed by the connections but I am sorry that it didn’t work out.”
14th: (10) Yuichi Fukunaga—rated between horses in mid-field, pinched back before the turn, lost momentum and faded

[Other Races Ridden by Foreign Participants]

1st race: Two-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 1,800m, 5 runners
   Joao Moreira—1st on Admire Libra (JPN, C2, by Harbinger), 2nd favorite
2nd race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden, Fillies), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—5th on Quinci (JPN, F3, by I’ll Have Another), favorite
6th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 2,600m, 13 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Pont des Arts (JPN, F3, by Heart’s Cry), 3rd favorite
  Ioritz Mendizabal—3rd on Eikai Olympia (JPN, C3, by Heart’s Cry), 10th favorite
  Shane Foley—11th on Awesome Mission (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact), 9th favorite
  Chadley Schofield—scratched (Himino Gold (JPN, C3, by Jungle Pocket))
7th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (Allowance (5Million & Less)), dirt, 1,700m, 13 runners
  Joao Moreira —4th on Flandre (JPN, G5, by King Kamehameha), favorite
  Chadley Schofield—11th on Trust Angel (JPN, F4, by Storming Home), 12th favorite
8th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (Allowance (5Million & Less)), turf, 2,000m, 16 runners
  Ioritz Mendizabal—3rd on Silver Meteor (JPN, C4, by Gold Allure), 7th favorite
  Chadley Schofield—5th on Shonan Sunny (JPN, C4, by Kinshasa no Kiseki), 6th favorite
  Joao Moreira—10th on B B Gaudi (JPN, C4, by Casino Drive), 2nd favorite
9th race: Chitose Tokubetsu (Allowance (5Million & Less)), turf, 1,500m, 13 runners
  Joao Moreira—2nd on Delta Barows (USA, C3, by Into Mischief), favorite
  Chadley Schofield—5th on Weiser (JPN, C3, by Novellist), 10th favorite
  Ioritz Mendizabal—13th on Dee Grande (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact), 11th favorite
11th race: Keeneland Cup (G3), turf, 1,200m, 16 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Nac Venus (JPN, M5, by Daiwa Major), favorite
  Shane Foley—15th on King Heart (JPN, H5, by Orewa Matteruze), 11th favorite

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