We had found that horses except a winner, Meisho Samson, could not show the best performances in Tenno-sho last October when we saw Daiwa Major's win in last week's Mile Championship and Admire Moon's win on Sunday's Japan Cup at sunny Tokyo Racecourse where I stood. Therefore the End Sweep's son had accomplished three difference distance's big titels over multi-G1 winners Daiwa Major or Meisho Samson, who was the favorite Sunday to finish the third.
The new owner Chikara Takahashi, the representative of Darley Japan Farm, saied the bay's retirement before the Grand Prix Arima-kinen. Admire Moon's second life too early is regrettable but a lot of his sons and daughters will run around the world's racecourse, I hope.
27th Japan Cup (25 Nov)
G1, 2400M, turf, at TOKYO Racecourse
1.Admire Moon #4 Yasunari Iwata, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, 2:24:7
2.Pop Rock #2 Olivier Peslier, Katsuhiko Sumii, + head
3.Meisho Samson #10 Yutaka Take, Shigetada Takahashi, + neck
4.Vodka #11 Hirofumi Shii, Katsuhiko Sumii, +0.2
5.Delta Blues #18 Yuga Kawada, Katsuhiko Sumii, +0.4
6.Chosan #5 Norihiro Yokoyama, Toshiaki Shimizu, +0.5