Fenomeno Wins Second Tenno Sho Spring

Fenomeno Wins Tenno Sho

Fenomeno Wins Second Tenno Sho Spring

Last year’s winner Fenomeno held off late challenges to become only the third horse in JRA history to claim consecutive victories in the the G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) at Kyoto on Sunday.

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This win gave him his second G1 success and fifth graded race victory. He was runner-up in the G1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the G1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) as a three-year-old before he captured his first G1 title in the Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3200m last year.

After finishing fourth in the following G1 Takarazuka Kinen, he developed a tendon inflammation in his left foreleg which ruled him out of racing for his entire fall season.

He returned with a fifth in the G2 Nikkei Sho (2500m) in March.

His trainer Hirofumi Toda claimed his third JRA G1 victory and jockey Masayoshi Ebina registered his 21st JRA Group One success.

“This win is the result of the stable staff that really made a great effort to bring him back to form,” Ebina said.

“He got me worried early because he was a bit keen but I knew he would make it when he put in a breather passing the stand the first time.

“I just concentrated on giving our best performance instead of worrying about the other horses.”

Fourth favorite Fenomeno broke smoothly and eased back to 8th from frontrunner Satono Noblesse while Hokko Brave travelled right behind the defending champion.

Third favourite Win Variation settled in the rear pack while race favorites Kizuna and Gold Ship, ridden by Australian jockey Craig Williams, were well out of their ground in the trailing positions due to a poor break.

Approaching the final corner Ebina steered the five-year-old Fenomeno to the outside where the son of Stay Gold exerted a powerful drive and closed on the frontrunners.

Win Variation cam to his outside but Fenomeno held off his strong challenge and also by Hokko Brave who unleashed an impressive late charge in the last furlong.

Win Variation crossed the wire a nose in front of Hokko Brave for second place.

Kizuna produced a remarkable charge late to finish fourth a half length behind Hokko Brave.

Gold Ship made some ground to finish seventh while world traveller Red Cadeaux (Gerald Mosse) felt the fast ground and dropped back in the homestretch to finish 14th

“We could tell that he hated that ground. Gerald gave him a terrific ride and, at eight years old, he can race on good to firm ground, but he just can’t race on a ground like that.

“I’m just thankful that he pulled up sound although he’ll be sore tomorrow for sure. We’ll take him back to England for now,” commented Robin Trevor-Jones for trainer Ed Dunlop.

Mosse said: “He looked fantastic - even better than last year - and he gave me everything in the race.

“After halfway I had to ask him to keep his position and in the last 500 to 600 meters I started to have trouble because he was not travelling.

“He’s an honest horse and tried his best but at eight years old I think it’s difficult now for him to bring out his best when the ground is too firm.”

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