Saturday, November 14, 2015

Typical JRA

Single Cask was a poor seventh, having made all the pace from the start, while Tenshinramman was frankly dreadful from start to finish, coming home - eventually - a full 2.8 seconds off the pace. To wait for months simply to make up the numbers is not only extremely disappointing, it's a waste of everyone's time and money...

PS. It's definitely time for Tenshinramman to retire, judging by the jockey report. Maruyama stated that her flanks were weak, and that's after three-and-a-half months of waiting and supposedly preparing her to race. Well, enough of being patient - if that's the best the trainer can do, then it's time to throw in the towel. The conviction behind that statement is made even stronger by the fact that the trainer couldn't even be bothered to add his own comments to the report!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Upcoming Events

At least we have a few JRA runners this weekend - considering how many we have, it has been a long time since they've been out to play. Indeed, Perfumer last ran five months ago! Anyway, Single Cask is in the 1200m turf 9R at Fukushima on the 14th, with Tenshinramman teaming up with Genki Maruyama at the same meeting in the 2000m turf finale. On the following day, Rush Attack is in the 1800m turf 8R at Fukushima (with Katsuura-san in the saddle), while Larressingle's debut comes at Tokyo-Fuchu on the 15th; Yoshitomi Shibata is at the controls for this 1400m turf race. In addition, Irish Harp is aiming for a long-awaited Tokyo run on the 21st.

On the NAR front, War Chronicle should be out at Nagoya again next week, hoping for a second, more convincing win in tune with her turn of speed, while Pop Label has been booked to run in the 11R at TCK on the 23rd; Beat The Boarder should be out soon after during the same meeting. Meanwhile, our annual 'Ganbatte Kochi' race is on the 22nd, which should be fun. Hopefully, everyone will get home safely and, with luck, we can have two races at Kochi next year - one for summer, and a second one for winter.

Although things are a bit quiet in England and Ireland at the moment, Pretty Gully is being lined up for the Open Class 1300m race at Townsville on the 21st, and Raining Dollars should be back in action soon again, too.