Circle of Life Prevails in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

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The Epiphaneia it’s likely she won the year-end title with a determined, trailing score in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) on December 12, beating three other classified stake winners.

The win was the third in a row for Circle of Life after the third debut in her career.

Circle of Life returned to the midfield for the 1,600-meter test (about a mile) when cyclist Mirco Demuro kept her outside of the competition and out of traffic. She advanced steadily, went wide, and hit another gear in the last 100 meters to win half the length in the long shot. Your lovely eyes.

Water Navillera, a previous undefeated Silver status Dirty, finished third. Favorite, Namur, missed halftime but raced along the tracks during the stretch to a promising fourth finish.

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Water Navillera came to the race to win the KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes (G3) over 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) at Hanshin going undefeated after three starts. Trainer Koshiro Take said before the race she had some quirks and that he hopes jockey Yutaka Take can create a good ride for her.

The second favorite dish in Juvenile Fillies, Sternati, a daughter of Lord Kanaloa , ranked seventh under jockey Christophe Lemaire.

“She was great today,” Demuro said of Circle of Life. “She had a good time off and we had a smooth ride. We went wide on the stretch but outside the track was really good and the horses (in the previous heat) seemed to be) like a good stretch along that road.

“I finished very well the smooth track so I trust her to get through and indeed she showed strong finishing speed. I am sure that in the last 200 meters she will win. win.”

Circle of Life, in addition to Admire Japan mare Sea Breeze Life, bred by Chiyoda Farm, Shizunai. Sakae Kunieda trains the nun for Masatake Iida.

She passed her first qualifying round in her second start, going 1,600 meters at Nakayama on September 20, then winning the Artemis Stakes (G3) at the Tokyo Circuit in the next start on the day. October 30, also at the same distance.

Though she hasn’t won more than a mile (her first race came at 1,800 metres, about 1/8 of a mile), Demuro said Circle of Life seems capable of more than that.

“I’ve ridden her since her debut and she really gets it when strutting around in new environments and unfamiliar tracks so she has a lot of energy to use in the race, ” he say. “I’m sure she can extend the distance further in future races so I’m looking forward to that too.”

Kunieda also hinted before the race that the Circle of Life could eventually enjoy more distance.

Hanshin Juvenile Fillies has been a springboard for some of Japan’s top female runners, including the 2006 winner. vodka , 2008 Winner Buena Vista , and 2009 winner Apapane . Popular white color Sodashi won last year’s edition.

Resistencia, who finished second in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (G1) Sunday, holds a race record of 1:32.7, set in 2019 and is not threatened by a Circle of Life time of 1:33.8 . Circle of Life Prevails in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

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