Horse Racing
Yasuda Kinen - Form Comments

02/06/2023 17:32

G1 – 1600m – Turf


Naran Huleg

Has not tasted any success since the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) in 2022. Finished out of frame in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint in December, but bounced back from 9th two starts back to 4th in the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen last time. 


Meikei Yell

A six-time Group winner rounded off last term with a 5th in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m). A beaten favourite in the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) when she used up too much energy and faded in 12th. Back to this distance for the first time since 2021.


Jack d’Or

The 2000m specialist and this year’s G1 Osaka Hai winner will run over 1600m for the first time in his career.  Trainer Kenichi Fujioka is very confident of his suitability to the distance. The son of Maurice, the Yasuda Kinen winner in 2015, likes left-handed course and has good speed.



This 4-year-old colt knocked out other older horses/mares to claim the G1 Mile Championship last term. Was 5th in the G1 Dubai Turf (1800m) at Meydan last time. Hold-up runner. Worth a wager.



This multiple G1 winner and beautiful white iconic mare has not tasted any success since the G1 Victoria Mile in 2022 but finished in the money in the last four starts. The 1600m at Tokyo should be her best trip.


Danon Scorpion

Proved to be suited to this course and distance, winning the G1 NHK Mile Cup and 3rd in the G2 Fuji Stakes last term. Unlucky to be held up and struggled to find the room when 11th last time.


Gaia Force

A three-time winner over 2000m and 2200m. The 4-year-old son of Kitasan Black dropped to 1600m for the first time in the G2 Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto in April and finished a good 2nd. Usually sits handily.


Dolce More

The G1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (1600m) winner of 2022 is seeking his first win this season.  Showed little in the last two starts at G2 and G1.


Champagne Color

Finished in the top three over this trip in four starts, the son of Duramente landed his first G1 success in the NHK Mile Cup last time. Against older horses/mares for the first time here. Best trip over this course and distance with 3 wins in 3 starts.


Soul Rush

The son of Rulership will make a return from last year’s disappointing 13th finish in this race. Showed upward curve in the last three starts, all finishing on board. Settles in mid-pack or off the pace. Handles all going.


Elusive Panther

Four wins in a row at Tokyo in the G3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai (1600m) in February 2022 but showed little in the following two starts last term. Bounced back to win the G3 Kyoto Kimpai over this distance in January but was disappointed for a run and only finished 8th in the G2 Nakayama Kinen (1800m) last time.



Finished 3rd in the G1 Japanese Oaks (2400m) and 2nd in the G1 Shuka Sho (2000m) in 2022. Yet to win a G1.  Met traffic and fought on but needed more when 7th in the G1 Victoria Mile (1600m) last time. Hold-up runner.


Red Mon Reve

This well-bred colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Last Groove (by Deep Impact) has three wins over this distance. Won the first Group race in the G2 Keio Hai Spring Cup last time when dropping to 1400m for the first time.


Schnell Meister

Came from the back to win the G2 Yomiuri Milers Cup over his best trip of 1600m in April. Placed in all three starts over this course and distance. A winning chance.


Matenro Orion

Winner of G3 over this trip at Chukyo and 2nd in the G1 NHK Mile Cup (1600m) in 2022. Showed upward curve in the last three starts over this distance.


Cafe Pharoah

The JRA champion dirt horse of 2022 will be back on turf.  The multiple G1 winner finished 3rd to Panthalassa in the G1 Saudi Cup (1800m) in Riyadh in February as his seasonal bow but showed little when 12th in the G1 Dubai World Cup (2000m) in March last time.


Win Carnelian

A good 4th to Contrail in the G1 Satsuki Sho (2000m) in 2020. Two-time Group winner over this trip. This will be his first run since the G2 Godolphin Mile when 6th at Meydan last time. Often leads or sits handily.



The defending champion will be in the spotlight. The 5-year-old mare by Kizuna dueled strongly with Sodashi for the last 100 metres and headed out to the line in the G1 Victoria Mile last time. Will aim at becoming the third horse to successfully defend the title in this race.