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November 11, 2018


Lys Gracieux Captures First G1 Victory in Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1)

Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1)

Third favorite Lys Gracieux, under jockey Joao Moreira, landed her first G1 triumph in this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The four-year-old has notched two graded wins so far, the 2016 Artemis Stakes (G3) and this year’s Tokyo Shimbun Hai (G3) but had been out of reach of G1 titles in spite of four G1 runner-up efforts; the 2016 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, last season’s Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and Shuka Sho, and the Victoria Mile this past spring.

Trainer Yoshito Yahagi celebrates his fifth JRA-G1 victory, his most recent title was with Mozu Ascot in the Yasuda Kinen in June. For jockey Joao Moreira, who is racing under a short-term license and had just marked his 100th JRA win earlier in the day, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup is his first memorable JRA-G1 title while his other graded victories in the JRA include the Mainichi Okan (G2) and the Keeneland Cup (G3), both claimed this season.

Breaking from stall 12, Lys Gracieux settled right in the middle of the field, angled out at the last corner, hit her best stride at the top of the stretch and while displaying the fastest last three-furlong charge, swooped past the leader in the last half furlong to prevail by a neck.

“Today was her day. We were in a good position, two off the fence, and she had plenty left in the tank after angling out at the last turn. Under pressure, she responded very well and I had every confidence from the 300 meter point that we were going to win. She’s a real champion,” commented winning jockey Joao Moreira after the race.

Hoping to take revenge of her second-place finish in last year’s version, Crocosmia broke well and swiftly took the lead with Miss Panthere and Primera Azul stalking the pace. After extending her lead up to three lengths before the final turns, the ninth favorite kicked into gear furiously holding off her pursuers in a tenacious stretch run but was no match against the speed of the fast closing Lys Gracieux and finished second once again this year.

Race favorite and defending champion Mozu Katchan ran the rails in fourth to fifth, entered the stretch chasing the eventual runner-up and drove well but lacked the final response, unable to cut the gap in late stretch, and was three lengths from Crocosmia in third.

Other Horses:
4th: (5) Red Genova—took economic trip in front of winner, showed effort along rails, finished neck behind Mozu Katchan
5th: (13) Normcore—positioned in 6th, made headway to 4th after 2nd corner, responded well but weakened in last 200m
6th: (8) Cantabile— prominent early in 4th, entered 6th to lane, ran gamely but checked 200m out, lost momentum
7th: (2) Frontier Queen—ran in mid-division, blocked 200m out, switched to outside, accelerated
8th: (16) Corcovado—sat outside eventual winner, lacked needed kick at stretch
9th: (11) Smart Layer—settled 2nd from rear, angled wide, showed belated charge
10th: (10) Vafuram—raced in mid-pack, quickened in last 200m, belatedly
11th: (14) One Breath Away—traveled near rear, circled wide, passed tired rivals
12th: (17) Miss Panthere—advanced to 2nd from widest draw, dropped back after 200m pole
13th: (3) Reiho Romance—hugged rails in mid-division, failed to respond at stretch
14th: (6) Admire Lead—saved ground towards rear, showed brief effort at straight
15th: (15) Eterna Minoru—broke poorly, sat 3-wide towards rear, even paced after final corner
16th: (1) Happy Yunibansu—was off slow, trailed in rear, no factor
17th: (4) Primera Azul—chased leaders in 3rd, faded after final corner

THE 43RD QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP (G1) – Japan Autumn International -
3-year-old & up, Fillies & Mares, 2,200 meters (about 11 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, November 11, 2018  Kyoto Racecourse    11th Race      Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 226,800,000 (about US$ 2,062,000 <US$1=¥110>)
3-y-o: 54kg (about 119 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 56kg (about 124 lbs),
2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 6 12 Lys Gracieux
F4 56.0 Heart’s Cry
J. Moreira
Y. Yahagi
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
2 5 9 Crocosmia
M5 56.0 Stay Gold
Y. Iwata
K. Nishiura
Ryoichi Otsuka
Hideo Takadaru
3 4 7 Mozu Katchan
F4 56.0 Harbinger
Site Dealer
M. Demuro
I. Sameshima
Capital System Co., Ltd.
Masaji Kitagawa
4 3 5 Red Genova
F4 56.0 Symboli Kris S
Columbus Circle
K. Ikezoe
S. Kojima
TokyoHorseRacing Co. Ltd
Shadai Farm
5 7 13 Normcore
F3 54.0 Harbinger
C. Lemaire
K. Hagiwara
Seiichi Iketani
Northern Racing
6 4 8 Cantabile
F3 54.0 Deep Impact
C. Demuro
K. Nakatake
Tatsue Ishikawa
Tatsue Ishikawa
7 1 2 Frontier Queen
M5 56.0 Meisho Samson
Blue Box Bow
M. Ebina
S. Kunieda
Sankyo Farm Co., Ltd.
Koki Hayashi
8 8 16 Corcovado
M5 56.0 Stay Gold
Ancient Hill
S. Hamanaka
T. Kimura
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
9 6 11 Smart Layer
M8 56.0 Deep Impact
Snow Style
Y. Take
R. Okubo
Toru Okawa
Okada Stud
10 5 10
M6 56.0 Harbinger
First Chair
K. Kawamata
K. Yoshimura
Ichikawa Yoshimi Holdings Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
11 7 14 One Breath Away
M5 56.0 Stay Gold
Stray Cat
A. Tsumura
M. Koga
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
12 8 17 Miss Panthere
F4 56.0 Daiwa Major
Aile de Courage
N. Yokoyama
M. Kon
Chiyono Terada
Sanjo Bokujo
13 2 3 Reiho Romance
M5 56.0 Harbinger
Suzuka Laurent
Y. Fukunaga
M. Hashida
Keiji Nagai
Keiji Nagai
14 3 6 Admire Lead
M5 56.0 Stay Gold
Belle Allure
K. Fujioka
N. Sugai
Riichi Kondo
Northern Farm
15 8 15 Eterna Minoru
M5 56.0 Empire Maker
Daiwa Gelato
H. Shii
M. Honda
Minoru Yoshioka
Fujiwara Farm
16 1 1 Happy Yunibansu
M6 56.0 Jungle Pocket
Admire C’est lavie
F. Matsuwaka
O. Hirata
Tetsuya Kamei
Northern Racing
17 2 4 Primera Azul
M6 56.0 Special Week
Remain Forest
Y. Fujioka
T. Suzuki
Azul Co., Ltd.
Eiichi Ishikawa
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: ¥ 23,256,494,600 ATTENDANCE: 48,775

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.12 ¥470 BRACKET QUINELLA 5-6 ¥7,480 QUINELLA 9-12 ¥9,800
PLACE No.12 ¥170 QUINELLA PLACE 9-12 ¥2,630 EXACTA 12-9 ¥12,450
No.9 ¥570 7-12 ¥360 TRIO 7-9-12 ¥8,660
No.7 ¥150 7-9 ¥1,590 TRIFECTA 12-9-7 ¥56,370
  1. 1.Lys Gracieux (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 4-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Liliside (American Post)
    Owner: U. Carrot Farm Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi Jockey: Joao Moreira
    16 Starts, 4 Wins  
    Added money: ¥ 108,612,000 Career earnings: ¥ 406,153,000

  2. 2.Crocosmia (JPN), dark bay or brown, mare, 5-year-old
    Stay Gold / Developpe (Boston Harbor)
    Owner: Ryoichi Otsuka Breeder: Hideo Takadaru
    Trainer: Katsuichi Nishiura Jockey: Yasunari Iwata

  3. 3.Mozu Katchan (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 4-year-old
    Harbinger / Site Dealer (King Kamehameha)
    Owner: Capital System Co., Ltd. Breeder: Masaji Kitagawa
    Trainer: Ippo Sameshima Jockey: Mirco Demuro
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.3 - 11.2 - 12.9 - 12.7 - 12.3 - 12.5 - 12.5 - 12.0 - 11.6 - 11.4 - 11.7
Last 4 furlongs: 46.7          Last 3 furlongs: 34.7

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

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.


* Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1)

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was established in 1976 to facilitate friendly relations between Japan and England, in commemoration of Her Excellency’s visit to Japan in 1975. The race initially started as a 2,400-meter race and the last leg of the “Triple Crown for three-year-old fillies”, but became a 2,200-meter race for fillies and mares of three-year-old and up from 1996.
Tigertail (FR, by Priolo) and Ana Marie (FR, by Anabaa) were the first two foreign contestants to run in 2003—four years after its designation as an international event in 1999—and finished third and eighth, respectively. Shalanaya (IRE, by Lomitas) finished fourth in 2009 before Edward Dunlop-trained Snow Fairy (IRE, by Intikhab) became the first foreign runner to win back-to-back G1 titles in 2010 and 2011.
Last year’s champion Mozu Katchan was back as defending champion after scoring a third in her latest Sapporo Kinen (G2, 2,000m; Aug.19) start. Also, coming off the Fuchu Himba Stakes (G2, 1,800m; Oct.13) were; four-time G1 runner-up Lys Gracieux (2nd), five-time G3 runner-up Frontier Queen (3rd), last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup runner-up Crocosmia (5th), 2017 Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m) victor Admire Lead (7th) and three-time graded winner Miss Panthere (9th). The field also included Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m; Oct.14) third-place finisher Cantabile, Red Genova who finished second against male contenders in the Kyoto Daishoten (G2, 2,400m; Oct.8) and Normcore who won the Shion Stakes (G3, 2,000m; Sep.8) but passed on the Shuka Sho unable to get back into form.
The race record has not been broken since To the Victory (JPN, by Sunday Silence) covered the 2,200-meter distance in 2:11.2 in 2001.

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