Satsuki Sho

Satsuki Sho ? Race Details:

When:
April
Track Location:
Nakayama Racecourse, Funabashi, Chiba
Race Distance:
2000m
Race Status:
Grade 1
Race Conditions:
3YO Colts & Fillies at Set Weights
Weights:
Colts- 57kg / Fillies- 55kg
Stakes:
?235, 320, 000
Inaugurated:
1939

The Satsuki Sho, also known as the Japanese 2000 Guineas, is the first leg of the coveted Triple Crown in Japan. It is a Grade 1 flat thoroughbred race open to three-year-old colts and fillies (geldings excluded) run over 2000 metres under set weight conditions. Held annually in April at the Nakayama Racecourse in Funabashi, Chiba the track is a left-handed turf course. Worth ?235, 380, 000, the event was first run in 1939, known then as the Yokohama Norinsho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma, when Rock Park claimed victory.

Today the maximum number of starters in the race is 18 and the status of the race usually ensures a full field of quality colts and fillies, creating an exciting and lucrative betting market. The Satsuki Sho is the shortest of the three Japanese Triple Crown races, but the difficult conditions of the track at Nakayama means it is also the most intense and unpredictable race.

A good lead-up race, held just before in early April, is the slightly shorter distanced Oka Sho (1600m), or Japanese 1000 Guineas, at the Hanshin Racecourse. Other Satsuki Sho trial races include the Kisaragi Sho (1800m) and Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (2000m). The final major prep race for the Satsuki Sho is the Sho Spring Stakes (1800m), which has produced a number of winners for the first Triple Crown race in recent years including Neo Universe (2003), Daiwa Major (2004) and Meisho Samson (2006).

When betting on the Satsuki Sho, it is important to note that backing the favourites has not paid well for punters since Deep Impact won as the favourite in 2005. The 2008 winner, Captain Thule came through after starting the race as the seventh choice.

Many of the runners in the Satsuki Sho will continue their campaigns by having a shot at the other two Triple Crown events, the Tokyo Yushun (2400m) and the Kikuka Sho (3000m). But only the most powerful stayers are able to meet the challenge of these increased race distances.

Satsuki Sho ? Division of the Stakes:

1st – ?132, 476, 000
2nd ? ?49, 136, 000
3rd ? ?29, 068, 000
4th ? ?15, 000, 000
5th ? ?9, 700 000

Satsuki Sho ? Recent Race Results:

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2009
Unri Valed
Yasunari Iwata Yasuo Tomomichi Sunday Racing 1:58.7
2008
Captain Thule
Yuuga Kawada Hideyuki Mori Shadai Racehorse Co. 2:01.7
2007
Victory
Katsuharu Tanaka Hidetaka Otonashi Hideko Kondo 1:59.9
2006
Meisho Samson
Mamoru Ishibashi Tsutomu Setoguchi Yoshio Matsumoto 1:59.9
2005
Deep Impact
Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Makoto Kaneko 1:59.2
2004
Daiwa Major
Mirco Demuro Hiroyuki Uehara Daiwa Shoji Co. 1:58.6
2003
Neo Nuiverse
Mirco Demuro Tsutomu Setoguchi Shadai Racehorse Co. 2:01.2
2002
No Reason
Brett Doyle Yasuo Ikee Shinji Maeda 1:58.5
2001
Agnes Tachyon
Hiroshi Kawachi Hiroyuki Nagahama Takao Wantanebe 2:00.3