ADMIRE MOON SHOWS BEST IN JAPAN TO WIN SPRING'S ALL-STAR RACE
Takarazuka-kinen 2007 is one of the best of dream match I know. Five JRA G1 winners this spring stood at the turf of the Hanshin Racecourse, who were Meisho Samson of Tenno-sho, Vadka of Nippon Derby, Daiwa Major of Yasuda-kinen, Shadow Gate of Singapore Airline International Cup and Admire Moon of Dubai Duty Free. Out of them, Vadka was race favorite but finished the 8th on good condition under the rain when Admoire Moon won first G1 in Japan after touring Dubai and Hong Kong.
The son of late End Sweep had left a job to fly oversea, defeating same age rivel Meisho Samson. Last spring he had given the son of Opera House two big titles but they had never met autumn afterward. One to bring the first big title in the Middle East Asia, another to pile up the third title this spring. Today's winner was the colt onboard Jockey Yasunari Iwata, because unfortunately Jockey Mamoru Ishibashi's horse spearheaded faster on the way of last stretch. It is loath to state that the match between them decided it.
There is a chance that their next fight will be not in Japan but on the strange soil. It sounds great and make me happy.
48th Takarazuka-kinen (24 Jun)
G1, 2200M, turf, at HANSHIN Racecourse
1. Admire Moon #6 Yasunari Iwata, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, 2:12:04
2. Meisho Samson #17 Mamoru Ishibashi, Shigetada Takahashi, +0.1
3. Pop Rock #5 Yutaka Take, Katsuhiko Sumii, +0.4
4. Admire Fuji #9 Yuichi Fukunaga, Mitsuru Hashida, +0.5