Japan enters 7 strong runners for the world's richest horse

DUBAI - Trust the Japanese to do things in style in their own very special way especially when something devastating hits them.

By KT Report

Published: Tue 27 Mar 2012, 9:53 AM

Last updated: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7:58 AM

Dh25 fee for DWC entrance

Hisham Al Gizouli

FRANK Gabriel, CEO of the Dubai Racing Club said there’s no free admission at the public stand for the upcoming Saturday’s 2012 Dubai World Cup night.

Tickets for Dh25 will be put on sale in the vicinity of the gates with the exceptions of U-12 children accompanying their parents.

‘But they will not be issued free raffle and pick-seven forms at the entry gates,’ he said.

‘Gates will be open from 12 noon and the spectators are expected to reach at the external car park by 11am to take the shuttle buses from there to the gates in order to avoid standing at long lines under the open sun.

‘Food, beverages and other drinks are strictly prohibited and they will not be allowed for whatsoever reason. Food courts located downstairs are provided with varieties of western, eastern and Arab food.’

Regarding the popular pick-seven competition, Gabriel said it will start from race three.

‘The pick-seven competition goes from race three to race nine, and the double People who are interested to take part in the competition will be required to hand over their inked coupons by 5.15pm,’ he said.

Schedule of events:

Wednesday – March 28

3pm – 6pm Post Position Draw

Venue: IMAX Gallery, Meydan Grandstand

Thursday – March 29

6am – 9.30am Breakfast with the Stars

Morning Trackwork, Entertainment & Breakfast

Venue: The Apron at Meydan Grandstand

Saturday – March 31


(Gates open at 2pm, first race at 4:30pm)

After the Second World War destruction Japan went through a number of natural calamities and economic depressions, but with sheer determination and guts the Japanese have been able to come out of their problems each time with flying colours.

On March 11, 2011, one of the most powerful earthquakes in the world affected the northeastern region of Japan. It was also the biggest earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and it triggered a tsunami that left around 19,000 dead or missing, a media release stated.

Fifteen days after this devastating disaster, one horse managed to provide much-needed joy and happiness to the country, where morale was low and people were unsure of what the future held.

That horse was Victoire Pisa, who claimed the world’s richest race a half-length ahead of compatriot Transcend.

Victoire Pisa’s winning achievement 8,000km away from his home gave encouragement and hope not only to the horsemen but to racing fans and the general Japanese population. All the stable staff, connections, media and racing fans who came from Japan banded together as ‘Team Japan’.

This year, ‘Team Japan’ has seven horses running in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup meeting. Transcend, Smart Falcon and Eishin Flash for the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline; Dark Shadow for the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free; Genten for the Group 2 UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodha Group; A Shin Virgo for the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD and Makani Bisty for the Group 3 Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

Transcend, the six-year-old son of Wild Rush, is currently the most well-known of the group, having completed the 1-2 line up of Japan in the world’s richest race last year.

Transcend was bred and is owned by Koji Maeda. Maeda, one of the most prominent owners and breeders in Japan, is a founder of North Hills, where is located on south-east of Hokkaido, the north island of Japan.

The facility has an 800m dirt track, 900m uphill course, 300m inside track and six walking machines.The 2002 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner No Reason, the 1998 and 2000 JRA champion filly and mare Phalaenopsis, the 2005 Group 1 Tenno Sho Autumn winner Heavenly Romance, and the 2011 Group 1 Grand Prix Takarazuka Kinen winner Earnestly were all bred at North Hills.

Maeda also set up his latest training operation, Daisen Hills, in 2003 in the Tottori Prefecture, alongside the Japan Sea in mainland of Japan.

Maeda is known to be very meticulous, and when one of his horses are running in a Group 1 race, he usually sends staff to the racecourse to study and learn as much as they can about the track and venue.

Last year, 30 cheering people from North Hills and Daisen Hills flew to Dubai to support and cheer Japan’s contingent.

While some debris has been cleared, the roads have been repaired, and people have begun the slow process of rebuilding their lives, the scars are still left by the disaster.

Despite these circumstances, the Japanese remain optimistic and once again hope to notch another victory in the name of their country.


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