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August 27, 2023


Mirai Iwata Follows His Father’s Footsteps to Claim This Year’s World All-Star Jockeys
2023 World All-Star Jockeys 3rd Leg

2023 World All-Star Jockeys 4th Leg

2023 World All-Star Jockeys Closing ceremony

2023 World All-Star Jockeys Closing ceremony

2023 World All-Star Jockeys Closing ceremony

[Series Summary]

Mirai Iwata won a close competition to claim this year’s World All-Star Jockeys champion title in his first challenge, following the footsteps of his father, Yasunari Iwata, who claimed the title in 2005—the event was then held under the name, the World Super Jockeys Series. Though without a win, Iwata accumulated points by marking a third with eighth pick Galilei in the first leg and a seventh with sixth pick Win Eclair in the 2nd leg to tie for third at the end of Day One. He marked a runner-up effort on board race favorite Leesan Burning in the 3rd leg and demonstrated his skills in guiding longshot Win Ruaidh to third in the last leg to collect 56 points.

“I feel great! It would have been nicer if I had at least won one of the series, but I am glad to have made the overall champion. I tried to ride as usual in all of the races and it was great fun to compete with the top jockeys from abroad, so it was a fulfilling two-day experience for me. I will try my best to win big titles this coming autumn so I ask you for your continued support,” commented Mirai Iwata in the closing ceremony.

Rachel King who was on top with 50 points with a win and a runner-up effort at the end of Day One succumbed to second with 55 points, only one point behind the winner, as she was only able to collect five points on Day Two—four points by finishing eighth in the 3rd leg and one point in the last leg in which her mount was met with an unfortunate accident and had to be pulled up mid-race.

“I am honored to stand on this podium today. Yesterday ended at a fantastic note and I had hoped to continue with the same kind of results today, but all the same, I am delighted to be standing here with two great jockeys. It was a great experience to be supported by such great Japanese fans and I am certain that all my fellow jockeys from abroad feel the same. Thank you very much! I am looking forward to having the chance to come back soon and compete with all of you at JRA,” said Rachel King.

Coming in third was defending champion Yutaka Take who was overall second on Day One with a 10th and a win and added a third and a sixth in the last two legs to accumulate 54 points, again only one point behind the runner-up.

“I was honored to be selected again for this series so I was hoping to win at least one race—I am glad that I was able to achieve my goal. I am also glad to be able to stand on the podium again this year. It was fun and stimulating to compete with jockeys from around the world,” commented Yutaka Take.

Team JRA claimed the team competition with a comfortable 235 points to claim its seventh consecutive title while Team WAS collected 213 points.


Standing Jockey Team August 26, 2023 August 27, 2023 Total
1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg
1 Mirai Iwata JRA 3rd (15) 7th (6) 2nd (20) 3rd (15) 56
2 Rachel King (AUS) WAS 1st (30) 2nd (20) 8th (4) FF (1) 55
3 Yutaka Take JRA 10th (1) 1st (30) 3rd (15) 6th (8) 54
4 Marie Velon (FR) WAS 6th (8) 8th (4) 1st (30) 9th (2) 44
5 Alexis Badel (HK) WAS 12th (1) 5th (10) 14th (1) 1st (30) 42
6 Christophe Lemaire JRA 4th (12) 14th (1) 12th (1) 2nd (20) 34
7 Umberto Rispoli (USA) WAS 2nd (20) 11th (1) 6th (8) 8th (4) 33
8 Takeshi Yokoyama JRA 8th (4) 3rd (15) 13th (1) 5th (10) 30
9 Ryusei Sakai JRA 5th (10) 13th (1) 4th (12) 12th (1) 24
10 Keita Tosaki JRA 7th (6) 6th (8) 7th (6) 13th (1) 21
11 Yuga Kawada JRA 11th (1) 4th (12) 9th (2) 10th (1) 16
11 Luke Morris (GB) WAS 9th (2) 12th (1) 11th (1) 4th (12) 16
13 Minoru Miyagawa (NAR) WAS 14th (1) 10th (1) 5th (10) 11th (1) 13
14 Joao Moreira (BRZ) WAS 13th (1) 9th (2) 10th (1) 7th (6) 10
Team WAS (World All-Star) : 213 points Team JRA : 235 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 / ER= Excluded from running (by stewards): 6 points
FF=Fail to Finish: 1 point

Turnover for the Day: ¥ 12,255,831,200       Attendance: 10,878


Sunday, August 27, 2023          Sapporo Racecourse           10th Race           Post Time: 15:00
3-year-olds & up, 2 Wins Class, 1,700 meters (about 8.5 furlongs), dirt, right-handed
3-y-o: 56kg (about 123-124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 14 runners
Going: Muddy       Weather: Drizzle

FP BK PP Horse Sex
Jockey Weight




1 8 14 Natural High (JPN) C3 Marie Velon 56.0 4.6 (2) 1:44.2
2 3 3 Leesan Burning (JPN) C4 Mirai Iwata 58.0 4.4 (1) 3
3 7 12 Nyanchinnon (JPN) C4 Yutaka Take 58.0 20.1 (8) 6
4 1 1 Octonion (JPN) C4 Ryusei Sakai 58.0 13.6 (6) 3/4
5 3 4 Neilikka (JPN) F4 Minoru Miyagawa 56.0 6.5 (4) Neck
6 5 8 Barairono Kiseki (JPN) M5 Umberto Rispoli 56.0 5.6 (3) Neck
7 2 2 B Kyowa Wall (JPN) H7 Keita Tosaki 58.0 46.5 (11) Neck
8 6 10 For Oneself (JPN) C4 Rachel King 58.0 6.7 (5) 1-1/4
9 4 5 Reimei (JPN) C4 Yuga Kawada 58.0 14.8 (7) Nose
10 6 9 Peisha Owe You (JPN) M5 Joao Moreira 56.0 25.1 (9) 1-1/4
11 8 13 Derma Tamon (JPN) H5 Luke Morris 58.0 106.3 (14) 1-1/4
12 7 11 B Masaka Umazammai (JPN) H5 Christophe Lemaire 58.0 52.7 (13) Neck
13 5 7 B Toussaint (JPN) F4 Takeshi Yokoyama 56.0 31.6 (10) 1-1/4
14 4 6 B Beyond the Scene (JPN) H5 Alexis Badel 58.0 51.5 (12) 3
FP: Final Position / BK: Bracket Number / PP: Post Position / B: Blinker
NOTE:Figures quoted under Odds are shown in form of decimal odds (single unit is ¥100), and Fav indicates the order of favorites.

Fractional time (sec./furlong): 6.9 - 11.5 - 12.3 - 12.6 - 12.5 - 11.9 - 12.1 - 11.9 - 12.5
Last 4 furlongs: 48.4 Last 3 furlongs: 36.5
Positions at each corner: 1st corner 4,9(1,7,12)(6,14)(8,11)(2,13)10(3,5)
2nd corner 4,9(1,12)(7,14)(8,6)11,13(2,10)5,3
3rd corner 4(9,12,14)(1,7,6,11)8(13,10)(5,3)2
4th corner (4,*14)9,12,1(8,6)(7,11)(10,3)(5,13)-2

Note1: Underlined bold numberindicates 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: (14) Marie Velon—broke from farthest stall, settled fifth to sixth taking widest route, steadily advanced from 3rd corner, first to enter lane, pulled away strongly for 3-length win
“I feel very happy and very proud to have won today. It’s a great experience to be able to win in Japan—it’s a dream come true—and I’m so happy. The race was very easy. I was a little bit outside but he did a great job today. I am impressed by the Japanese racing and would like to come back soon and ride another winner. Thank you all the fans for your support.”
2nd: (3) Mirai Iwata—raced along rails near rear after missing break, headway along outside and wide into straight, showed good turn of speed but had too much ground to reach winner while second best
3rd: (12) Yutaka Take—forwardly positioned in fourth, dropped back briefly before regaining momentum 200 meters out to grab third place
4th: (1) Ryusei Sakai—hugged rails a few lengths behind leader, continued to save ground and in contention while driven in stretch
5th: (4) Minoru Miyagawa—made pace, joined by 3 rivals after 3rd corner, maintained 2nd into turn while overtaken by winner, finally gave way 100 meters out for fifth
6th: (8) Umberto Rispoli—rated midfield along rails, angled out for stretch run behind Iwata but unable to keep up with that foe while passing tired rivals
“She missed her break so I had to hold her back behind horses in front. She responded well in the end so the distance is not an issue.”
7th: (2) Keita Tosaki—raced near rear, dropped back to very rear turning 3rd corner, showed effort in last 200 meters.
8th: (10) Rachel King—was off slow, traveled 3-wide near rear, advanced in backstretch, passed tired rivals
“He was a bit slow out of the gate but ran in good rhythm during the trip. He was unable to keep up though, when the field geared up turning the last two corners.”
9th: (5) Yuga Kawada—traveled 2nd from rear, improved position taking innermost route turning for home, ran persistently for ninth
10th: (9) Joao Moreira—pressed pace in second, entered lane in 3rd, failed to respond in stretch
11th: (13) Luke Morris—slow start, traveled 2-wide around 10th, even paced at stretch
“I raced him behind as instructed, looking for a chance to make our move, but he did not respond when asked.”
12th: (11) Christophe Lemaire—raced 3-wide in 9th, turned final corner wide, ran out of steam before entering lane
13th: (7) Takeshi Yokoyama—reserved in 5th, gradually dropped back turning last corner, failed to respond in stretch
14th: (6) Alexis Badel—traveled 3-wide in 7rh, advanced to 5th before 3rd corner, faded thereafter
“I raced him near the eventual winner but he had nothing left in the end.”


Sunday, August 27, 2023          Sapporo Racecourse           12th Race           Post Time: 16:15
3-year-olds & up, 2 Wins Class, 1,800 meters (about 9 furlongs), turf, right-handed
3-y-o: 56kg (about 123-124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 14 runners
Going: Yielding     Weather: Cloudy

FP BK PP Horse Sex
Jockey Weight
Odds (Fav) Margin
1 5 7 Festes Band (JPN) F3 Alexis Badel 54.0 11.9 (7) 1:51.5
2 8 13 Win Shukran (JPN) G5 Christophe Lemaire 58.0 4.0 (1) Neck
3 1 1 Win Ruaidh (JPN) M5 Mirai Iwata 56.0 141.4 (14) 3
4 4 5 Shonan Addeybb (JPN) C4 Luke Morris 58.0 6.3 (4) Head
5 6 10 Metal Spark (JPN) G6 Takeshi Yokoyama 58.0 7.1 (5) Neck
6 8 14 B Meiner Douglas (JPN) H5 Yutaka Take 58.0 10.4 (6) Neck
7 7 12 Tudo de Bom (JPN) C4 Joao Moreira 58.0 4.8 (3) Neck
8 4 6 Ekolu Flugel (JPN) F4 Umberto Rispoli 56.0 34.9 (8) 1-1/4
9 2 2 Billboard Queen (JPN) M5 Marie Velon 56.0 62.8 (10) Neck
10 3 3 B King Lokomaikai (JPN) C4 Yuga Kawada 58.0 4.7 (2) 6
11 3 4 Meiner Messiah (JPN) C4 Minoru Miyagawa 58.0 66.8 (11) 3-1/2
12 7 11 Takeru Jack (JPN) H5 Ryusei Sakai 58.0 114.4 (13) 2-1/2
13 5 8 Kar Smoky (JPN) C4 Keita Tosaki 58.0 70.2 (12) 3/4
FF 6 9 Atomica (JPN) M8 Rachel King 56.0 57.8 (9)  

Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.4 - 12.2 - 12.3 - 12.4 - 12.6 - 12.5 - 12.4 - 12.2 - 12.5
Last 4 furlongs: 49.6 Last 3 furlongs: 37.1
Positions at each corner: 1st corner 13(7,14)(1,5,9,12)8(4,10)2,3,6-11
2nd corner 13(7,14)(1,5)12,9(8,10)4,2(3,6)-11
3rd corner 13(1,14)7(5,12)(8,9)10(11,4,6)(3,2)
4th corner (*13,14)(1,7,12)5(9,6)10,2(8,3)(11,4)

1st: (7) Alexis Badel—broke sharply, sat in second behind Lemaire just off rails, continued strongly as horses closed in from behind rounding final turn, found another gear to engage fierce duel with Lemaire in final furlong and outran that foe before 100-meter marker for narrow win
“I feel great (about my first JRA win). It’s a real privilege, I am honored and I thank the JRA for the great organization. It was a good experience…Japanese racing looks great and I am looking forward to coming back. I had to wait a long time to have that win. Going to the gate in this race, I felt that the horse was very competitive. She looks very comfortable with the ground and she looked very fresh so I had a great feel, she had a great gate speed—I used it to just follow the leader—and she had a good turn of foot at the end to win easily. I want to thank the fans for their great support, great atmosphere, it’s a very nice show today and I hope you enjoyed it and keep supporting jockeys.”
2nd: (13) Christophe Lemaire—rushed out from outside to lead, continued strongly to the finish while outdueled in the final stages for neck second
3rd: (1) Mirai Iwata—saved ground along inside for the entire race and maintained good speed to hold off late chargers while no match for first two finishers
4th: (5) Luke Morris—among front group early, maintained in contention into stretch while short of reaching leaders
“He broke well and grabbed a good spot on his own. He kept right up behind the eventual winner so I was confident that we could win but the heavy going made it difficult in the end.”
5th: (10) Takeshi Yokoyama—rated in rear group to start, gradually advanced between horses, entering stretch in around 5th, rallied with rivals for third crossing wire in fifth
6th: (14) Yutaka Take—chased Lemaire into forward position in 2nd or 3rd, still prominent into straight but unable to find another gear to match leaders while rallying to the finish for sixth
7th: (12) Joao Moreira—traveled wide in mid-division around 6th, advanced to 3rd in final corner but lacked needed speed at stretch
8th: (6) Umberto Rispoli—eased back to 2nd from rear, gradually improved position turning last two corners widest and ran gamely in stretch
“The filly couldn’t dig into the slippery surface.”
9th: (2) Marie Velon—unhurried in 11th, dropped to rear at end of backstretch, turned wide and ran persistently, passing tired rivals in stretch
“She was very keen after the start so I tried to save her energy, keeping her back, but then she didn’t gear up when asked.”
10th: (3) Yuga Kawada—reared slightly coming out of gate, having to race from behind, angled out to make headway but unable to find clearing, losing momentum and faded to 10th
11th: (4) Minoru Miyagawa—rated 10th, dropped back to 2nd from last turning 3rd corner, never fired
12th: (11) Ryusei Sakai—raced in very rear, 4-5 lengths behind rest of field at one point, briefly improved position turning for home, failed to respond
13th: (8) Keita Tosaki—traveled in 8th by rails, shifted out to avoid sloppy ground entering lane, never imposed any threat
Fail to Finish: (9) Rachel King—traveled wide in mid-division around 7th, stumbled 2 furlongs out, pulled up due to dislocation of the first/proximal phalanx (long pastern) of the left limb (Atomica)

[Other Races Ridden by Foreign Participants]

1st race: Two-Year-Olds (Maiden, Fillies), turf, 1,500m, 9 runners
  Alexis Badel—7th on Sanono Rich (JPN, F2), 9th favorite
2nd race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Sarasa Be the Best (JPN, C3), favorite
  Umberto Rispoli—3rd on Black Flamingo (JPN, F3), 7th favorite
3rd race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), dirt, 1,000m, 12 runners
  Umberto Rispoli—10th on Like a Flower (JPN, C3), 4th favorite
4th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden, Fillies), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Cafe Noir (JPN, F3), 3rd favorite
  Umberto Rispoli—3rd on Orangey (JPN, F3), 8th favorite
5th race: Two-Year-Olds (Newcomer), turf, 1,800m, 5 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Drake Passage (JPN, C2), 2nd favorite
6th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 2,000m, 16 runners
  Marie Velon—12th on Beach Positive (JPN, F3), 13th favorite
  Alexis Badel—13th on Lord Asterisk (JPN, C3), 15th favorite
  Umberto Rispoli—14th on Coordinator (JPN, C3), 10th favorite
7th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (1 Win Class), dirt, 1,000m, 12 runners
  Umberto Rispoli—10th on Couronnede Lareine (JPN, F4), 3rd favorite
8th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (1 Win Class), turf, 1,500m, 14 runners
  Umberto Rispoli—8th on Beyond the Limit (JPN, F4), 13th favorite
9th race: The Centenary of the Horse Race Betting (Three-Year-Olds & Up, 1   Win Class, Fillies & Mares), turf, 1,200m, 16 runners
  Alexis Badel—7th on Haupia (JPN, F3), 15th favorite
  Marie Velon—8th on Or Fest (JPN, F3), 3rd favorite
  Luke Morris—15th on Argento Stella (JPN, M5), 11th favorite
11th race: Keeneland Cup (Three-Year-Olds & Up, G3), turf, 1,200m, 16 runners
  Joao Moreira—4th on Schwarz Kaiser (IRE, G5), 6th favorite
  Umberto Rispoli—11th on Water Navillera (JPN, F4), 11th favorite
  Luke Morris—12th on Taisei Avenir (JPN, H8), 16th favorite

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