(22th Mar 17)
The Biggest Japanese Delegation at Dubai
Japan sends the biggest ever delegation, formed by 10 selected runners, at Dubai World Cup night,
the richest horse race meeting in the world, at Meydan on March 25.
One of the most interesting card on the day is G2/UAE Derby for three-year-old colts and fillies, which carries US$2 million purse, as this is included in the "Road to Kentucky Derby". One of two Japanese entrants in this race is Epicharis, who is the leading point earner at the "Japan Road to Kentucky Derby" and holds the entry for US Triple Crown. The colt by Gold Allure, bred by Masatsugu Kamata, was offered at the foal session of 2014 JRHA Select Sale and bought by Northern Farm by 26,000,000yen, approximately US$254,902. Epicharis, trained by Kiyoshi Hagiwara, is unbeaten through four starts, including LR/Hyacinth Stakes, the second leg of the "Japan Road to Kentucky Derby". Epicharis and Adirato, another Japanese entrant for UAE Derby, will try to run good race at Dubai and then travel from Dubai to the United States to run US Triple Crown.
Gold Dream, Apollo Kentucky, Awardee, and Lani will represent Japan in G1/Dubai World Cup, feature race of the event which carries US$10 million purse.
The rest of Japanese runners are Sound of Earth in G1/Dubai Sheema Classic Vivros in G1/Dubai Turf, Dios Corrida in G1/Golden Shaeen, and Kafuji Take in Godolphin Mile.