Click above to watch Gentildonna winning the Shuka Sho
(Image : JRA - Footage : YSK)
SHUKA SHO (G1)
Kyoto, Turf, 2000m
14 October 2012
It’s always gratifying when a plan comes together, especially in racing and particularly when you’re trying to get a marketing message across. On Friday, the first youngsters by Sunday Silence’s accomplished son, Admire Main, are strutting their stuff at the Ready To Run Gallops (Summerhill 11am) for the first time, and they couldn’t have got their timing better. Hat Trick (Sunday Silence) has been cooking on both sides of the Atlantic, while his best racing son, Deep Impact, is looking every bit as good (if that’s possible) as good as Sunday Silence himself at this stage of his career.
It took a furious late rally, and a photo to separate her from rival Verxina (Deep Impact) - but Gentildonna (Deep Impact) got the job done and completed the sweep of Japan’s Filly Triple Crown Sunday in Kyoto in a thrilling renewal of the G1 Shuka Sho. She becomes the country’s fourth female Triple Crown winner, following in the hoofsteps of Mejiro Ramonu (Mogami) in 1986, Still in Love (Sunday Silence) in 2003, and Apapane (King Kamehameha) in 2010. The win comes a year after Sunday Racing took the male equivalent with Orfevre (Stay Gold also by Sunday Silence), and maybe helps lessen the sting of that colt’s brutal last gasp loss in last weekend’s G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.