The last of JRA's triple-crown races this year is not with Derby winner, who is filly to advence to Shuka-sho at Kyoto two weeks earlier, finishing third. The second placed horse in the Derby, who had finished by four lengths and the long-shot, wins Kikka-sho. Asakusa Kings, the 4th favorite today, showed the best colt but nobody would consent it.
The son of White Muzzle could not perform satisfying action in June's Takarazuka-kinen, the 15th, but have been given the fate to defeat Vodka as a G1 horse. The chance waits him twice even this fall. It is a hard and winding road but he is expected to challenge it. Off course I'll give him yell.
68th Kikka-sho (21 Oct)
G1, 3000M, turf, at KYOTO Racecourse
1.Asakusa Kings #10 Ryuji Okubo, Hirofumi Shii, 3:05:1
2.Al Nasrain #12 Shigeki Matsumoto, Ryuji Wada, +head
3.Roc de Cambes #4 Noriyuki Hori, Yuichi Shibayama, +0.2
4.Eishin Dardman #5 Ryuji Okubo, Koichi Tsunoda, +0.4
5.Dream Journey #16 Yasutoshi Ikee, Yutaka Take, +0.5