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Crown Pride duel Keynes at Champions Cup in Japan

proud crown a speed player in this year’s Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), returned to top-level competition on December 4 at Chykuo Racecourse in Japan in the Champions Cup (G1) to challenge humans. won last year and is likely to be a favorite, TO Keynes .

Pride crown, one Achieve the crown colt, entered the Run for the Roses by winning the UAE Derby sponsored by Mubadala (G2) in March in Meydan. Aside from TO Keynes, he faces a much softer field in the 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 mile) Champions Cup than he has seen in Churchill Downs.

Crown Pride and Dubai tourists Summer is tomorrow were the main players in a hot early scramble in Louisville before running late to witness rich attack Chase epicentre in the final steps. Crown Pride came in 13th, beating about 18 distances, while Summer Is Tomorrow jogged home last.

While the Chukyo meeting would not be confused with the Kentucky Derby, Crown Pride still has something to prove in the race, as he has finished second in both starts since returning from North America. And he’ll have to prove it to TO Keynes, a sinister minister The 5-year-old boy won the Champions Cup last year, beating opponents like Sodashi and shaman Chuwa . He also defeated Crown Pride by 2 1/2 in their last race, the JBC Classic (G1) at Morioka Racecourse.

Koichi Shintani, coach of Crown Pride, said: “The last winner was able to catch him, but he ran a strong race, passing a good pace for him.” “I think it’s been a good experience for him and I’m pleased with the way he’s progressed.

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“As he matures, he shows more power and a lot more comes from him,” he added. “His experience in Dubai and the US is also very good. I think he can do well this time too, and since coming back from overseas he has finished second, but I would like to see him go far. than.”

Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga will board the Crown Pride train.

TO Keynes has also taken part in Japan’s recent assault on the world’s richest land races, finishing eighth in the $20 million Saudi Cup (G1) tournament in Riyadh in February. He’s gone 2 to 3 since returning from that Arabian adventure.

Juntaro Taira, assistant coach Daisuke Takayanagi, said: “He had a very wide position in his last race and I was very concerned about that. “But in the end, he showed how much strength he has. He’s been at the stables ever since and he’s a lot more relaxed than he was before.”

Since races in Japan place more emphasis on dirt road races, some kind of advancement is also considered.

Rays of Junea 5 year old child by King Kamehameha was switched to dirt three times starting back and got two wins and a second, despite losing his shoe on the first try. Hope for the dawn scored a nasty win in one of the first tests for the Champions Cup, Miyako Stakes (G3) in November and returned with happyWednesday in Miyako.

Hapi, 3 years old Kizuna colt, came in second behind Jun Light Bolt in another test, Sirius Stakes (G3) in Chukyo on October 1.

Gloria Mundi, the 4-year-old son of King Kamehameha, finished the track brilliantly in his most recent start, but it was Takarazuka Kinen (G1) on the field, against some monsters. On the ground, he won 4 to 5 with two of his wins at Chukyo. He also meets Ryan Moore in the ironclad as the European equestrian looks to maximize his profits on his temporary license with consecutive wins after winning the Japan Cup (G1) .

The race is run left-handed around a somewhat egg-like oval, starting in the middle of the road. There is a considerable climb on the backseat. Chukyo is located in the Nagoya district, between Tokyo and Osaka. The grandstand reopened in March after a two-year renovation project.


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