Victoire Pisa
Victoire Pisa

Victoire Pisa

(Photo : Japan Racing Association)

ARIMA KINEN (Grade 1)

Nakayama, Turf, 2500m

25 December 2011

Sunday’s G1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse is to Japan what the Kentucky Derby is to the US, the Melbourne Cup to Australia, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe to France.

Racing fans are asked to contribute to the composition of the field, and 8 of the 10 top vote-getters will face the starter on Christmas Day, including the last two winners of the G1 Japan Cup, the reigning G1 Dubai World Cup hero, Victoire Pisa (Jpn) (Neo Universe), and a Japanese Triple Crown victor, Buena Vista (Jpn) (Special Week), who made amends for a disqualification in the 2010 Japan Cup by taking this year’s renewal and could go off a slender favorite in a race which attracted the better part of a half-billion (yes, billion) dollars in turnover last year.

Rose Kingdom (Jpn) (King Kamehameha), promoted to the 2010 Japan Cup win, reopposes here. Buena Vista, who makes her final career start, drew the inside gate. Alongside her is Victoire Pisa (Jpn) (Neo Universe), who led home a one-two finish for the island nation in the World Cup this past March. Orfevre (Jpn) (Stay Gold) swept the G1 Satsuki Sho, G1 Tokyo Yushun and G1 Kikuka Sho to complete the Triple Crown. The Arima Kinen marks his first start against older rivals.

FINAL FIELD

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Horse

Sire

Jockey

Trainer

1

Buena Vista (Jpn)

Special Week (Jpn)

Iwata

Matsuda

2

Victoire Pisa (Jpn)

Neo Universe (Jpn)

Demuro

Sumii

3

Hiruno d’Amour (Jpn)

Manhattan Café (Jpn)

Fujita

Kon

4

Pelusa (Jpn)

Zenno Rob Roy (Jpn)

Ando

Fujisawa

5

Eishin Flash (Jpn)

King’s Best

Lemaire

Fujisawa

6

King Top Gun (Jpn)

Mayano Top Gun (Jpn)

Shibata

Sameshima

7

To the Glory (Jpn)

King Kamehameha (Jpn)

Fukunaga

Ikee

8

Rose Kingdom (Jpn)

King Kamehameha (Jpn)

Goto

Hashiguchi

9

Orfevre (Jpn)

Stay Gold (Jpn)

Ikezoe

Ikee

10

Tosen Jordan (Jpn)

Jungle Pocket (Jpn)

Williams

Ikee

11

Jaguar Mail (Jpn)

Jungle Pocket (Jpn)

Shii

Hori

12

Earnestly (Jpn)

Grass Wonder

Sato

Sasaki

13

Red Davis (Jpn)

Agnes Tachyon (Jpn)

Take

Otonashi

14

Rulership (Jpn)

King Kamehameha (Jpn)

Mndzabal

Sumii

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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