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Saturday, November 22, 2008


Friday and Saturday Woodbinere-caps tomorrow morning...


Training Report of Foreign Entrees

November 22, 2008 (Saturday)

At Kyoto Racecourse


- jogged, cantered 1-1/2 laps, on turf course from 7:00 to 7:15
(ridden by T. Gaskin)
“His condition is very good and was in good form this morning. We’ll just walk him around the stables tomorrow morning before the race. I hope every thing goes well and that he can give his best tomorrow.”
(Comments taken from I. Black)


Post time 1:40 a.m.

Rahy's Attorney draws post 10 in Mile Championship

Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) winner RAHY'S ATTORNEY (Crown Attorney) has drawn post 10 in an 18-horse field set for Sunday's $2,028,000 Mile Championship (Jpn-G1) at Kyoto Racecourse. The Ian Black charge is the only international shipper to take on the formidable home team in this right-handed mile contest, the second of four races in the inaugural Japan Autumn International series.

Rahy's Attorney raced exclusively at Woodbine for the first 17 starts of his career. Successful in the Vice Regent S. and Bunty Lawless S. last year, he added the Connaught Cup (Can-G3) to his resume in May. Rahy's Attorney did not thrive when attempting longer distances, with his best result being a runner-up effort in the 1 1/2-mile Singspiel S. (Can-G2). Dropping back down in trip for the Woodbine Mile, the bay gelding made an early move to take command. Rahy's Attorney soon disposed of 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) winner Kip Deville (Kipling), then held off the late bid of subsequent Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint champion Ventura (Chester House) to score by 1 1/4 lengths.

Last time out, he left the friendly confines of Woodbine and ventured to Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), where he was marooned in post 12 and ultimately checked in sixth. In the process, he suffered his first loss from five lifetime outings at a mile. Rahy's Attorney will attempt to bounce back with regular rider Slade Callaghan. Should he triumph here, Rahy's Attorney would pocket a $950,000 bonus for sweeping the Woodbine Mile and the Mile Championship.

Leading Team Japan is multiple Grade 2 star SUPER HORNET (Rodrigo de Triano). Runner-up by a mere neck in the 2007 Mile Championship to Daiwa Major, Super Hornet is coming off a photo-finish upset of top filly Vodka (Tanino Gimlet) in the Mainichi Okan (Jpn-G2) at Tokyo. Yusuke Fujioka will guide the five-year-old from post 17.

Seven-year-old veteran COMPANY (Miracle Admire) has claimed a few notable graded victories, capped by the Yomiuri Milers Cup (Jpn-G2) in his last attempt at this distance in April. Fifth to Super Hornet two starts ago, he was most recently an excellent fourth in the Tenno Sho Autumn (Jpn-G1) at about 1 1/4 miles. On that occasion, Company was narrowly beaten by such stars as Vodka, Daiwa Scarlet (Agnes Tachyon) and Deep Sky (Agnes Tachyon) in what has been hailed as a race for the ages. If he can transfer that form to a flat mile, Company has a great chance to break through with his first Grade 1 score.

Sophomore SMILE JACK (Tanino Gimlet), who was second to Deep Sky in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), holds fascinating appeal as a dark horse. Although he has been well beaten in his two subsequent starts, he figures to enjoy cutting back in trip.

MEINER RAINIER (Grass Wonder) exits a half-length score in the key local prep, the Mainichi Broadcast Swan S. (Jpn-G2) at about seven furlongs. The second- through fifth-place finishers in the Swan -- LAUREL GUERREIRO (King Halo), JOLLY DANCE (Dance in the Dark), SUZUKA PHOENIX (Sunday Silence) and FINE GRAIN (Fuji Kiseki), respectively -- will try to reverse the form.

Suzuka Phoenix, a close third to Daiwa Major and Super Hornet in last year's Mile Championship, merits considerable respect as the mount of perennial leading rider Yutaka Take. The chestnut has competed primarily in sprints over the past year, capturing the 2007 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (Jpn-G1) and finishing third to Fine Grain as the defending champion this season. Suzuka Phoenix reported home a creditable fourth in the Sprinters S. (Jpn-G1) prior to his fourth in the Swan, and he is eligible to improve with another furlong here.

Jolly Dance is one of three mares who will try to make their presence felt on Sunday. BLUMENBLATT (Admire Vega) defeated the top-class Kawakami Princess (King Halo) last time out in the Fuchu Himba S. (Jpn-G3), relegating classic heroine KISS TO HEAVEN (Jpn) (Admire Vega) to fifth. Kiss to Heaven rates a threat herself on her best day, as evidenced by her runner-up effort to Super Hornet in May, beating Suzuka Phoenix.

The Japan Autumn International kicked off last Sunday with the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-G1), won by Little Amapola (Agnes Tachyon). After the Mile Championship, the final two legs consist of the November 30 Japan Cup (Jpn-G1) and the December 7 Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-G1).


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