TAKE FAILS TO TAKE BACK PRIDE in HONG KONG
INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING
Yutaka Take on-boarding Admire Moon tried to catch up with French horse Pride through the way the French mare found but the Japanese colt was slightly edged out by head at Sha Tin in Hong Kong Cup Sunday. Pride, who was famous to Japanese as the runner-up past Deep Impact on Take in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2006, was honored as a winner of Hong Kong Cup after having finished 2nd last year. Holder home horse, Vengeance Of Rain, finished the 3rd as Japanese mare, Dia de la Novia, ended the 7th place.
Admire Moon, who is a sun of late sire End Sweep, was not blessed with G1 titles despite the favorite on April's Japanese 2000 guineas, Satsuki-syo. Three-year-old horse and thirtyseven-year-old jockey couldn't achieve the revenge for the retiring Japanese star horse but it is not wrong that Admire Moon will be one of promising horses surporting JRA next year.
In Japan, you waiting for this year's last G1, Arima-kinen, on Christmas Eve, I'm wanting for fresh busters over Deep Impact. That must be what is the real farewell for the leaving.
Hong Kong Cup (10 Dec)
G1, 2000M, turf, at SHA TIN Racecourse
1.Pride #8 Christoph Lemaire, Alain de Royer-Dupre, 2:01:60
2.Admire Moon #7 Yutaka Take, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, by shorthead
3.Vengeance Of Rain #1 Anthony Delpech, David Ferraris, +0.3