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Undefeated Jantar Mantar Dominates the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes

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Jantar Mantar wins this year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin.

JANTAR MANTAR winning the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin in Japan.
JANTAR MANTAR winning the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Race favorite Jantar Mantar claimed this year's Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, marking his third consecutive win in as many career starts to become the first Palace Malice colt to win a JRA-G1 title. Breaking his maiden in his debut start in October (Kyoto, 1,800m), he registered his first graded title in the following Daily Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,600m) on November 11. In this race, trainer Tomokazu Takano claimed his sixth JRA-G1 victory following his title in the Mile Championship with Namur a month earlier, while jockey Yuga Kawada registered his 26th JRA-G1 title following his Shuka Sho win with Liberty Island in October and his third Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes victory—he has won the race with Danon Premium in 2017 and Grenadier Guards in 2020.

Jantar Mantar, breaking smoothly from the third stall, settled in mid-division, around seventh, by the rails and continued to save ground rounding the corners to take command at the top of the stretch. Though challenged by rivals in the straight, the Palace Malice dark bay found another gear in the last 200 meters to pull away and managed to hold off the fast-closing Ecoro Walz before the wire to prevail by 1-1/4 length.

"I urged him to go a bit earlier than planned as it didn't seem like we were going to get a clear path. He has a good character and he's a highly capable horse, so I think he will continue to grow and I look forward to his future races," commented jockey Yuga Kawada.

Breaking from the innermost stall, fourth choice Ecoro Walz eased back to trail in the rear, angled out entering the lane and, though still trailing in the very rear at the 200-meter pole, launched a tremendous late charge to pass all his rivals but the winner for a runner-up seat.

Fifth pick Tagano Elpida broke sharply to chase the leaders in third, circled wide and while unable to keep up with the winner, sustained the bid to rally for a runner-up spot but was denied by Ecoro Walz just before the wire to finish third, a neck behind the runner-up.

Other Horses:

4th: (14) June Take—ran around 15th early, made headway on outer path, closed in strongly on
                 leaders
5th: (12) Tagano Dude—raced 3-wide around 13th, passed one by one on outer stretch
6th: (4) Satomino Kirari—hugged rails around 13th, showed effort for 2nd place until 100m out
7th: (6) Set Up—set pace early, rallied briefly after entering lane, weakened in last 200m
8th: (8) Danon McKinley—saved ground around 5th, launched brief charge, even paced in last
              200m
9th: (11) Taiki Vainqueur—traveled 3-wide around 11th, responded until 100m out
10th: (17) Strauss—was off slow, keen to go, led before 3rd corner, faded after 200m pole
11th: (13) Namura Hooker—sat 3-wide around 7th, showed effort up to 200m pole, needed more
12th: (10) Band Shell—positioned 3-wide around 5th, struggled to find clear path, unable to
                   quicken
13th: (15) Enya Love Faith—ran 4-wide around 7th, checked at early stretch, dropped position
14th: (7) Awesome Stroke—settled around 7th outside winner, showed little at stretch
15th: (16) Ask One Time—raced near rear, showed brief response, met traffic 200m out
16th: (9) Clean Air—tracked leaders around 3rd, outrun at final corner, found little room
17th: (2) Miltenberg—traveled around 11th, dropped back after 200m pole


Japan Racing Association

Hanshin

Sunday, 17th December 2023

11
15:40
(local)

THE ASAHI HAI FUTURITY STAKES (G1)

Age: 2yo Type: OPEN
JPY ¥135,740,000
1600m TURF GOOD
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥135,740,000
1600m GOOD

THE ASAHI HAI FUTURITY STAKES (G1)

Age: 2yo Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 3. JANTAR MANTAR (JPN) 2yo C
PALACE MALICE (USA) - INDIA MANTUANA (USA)
Y KAWADA
TOMOKAZU TAKANO
$2.7
56kg
Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd.
2nd 1. ECORO WALZ (JPN) 2yo C
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - PETIT PRINCESSE (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE
MITSUNORI MAKIURA
$10
56kg
Masatoshi Haramura
3rd 5. TAGANO ELPIDA (JPN) 2yo F
KIZUNA (JPN) - TAGANO REVENTON (JPN)
TAISEI DANNO
TAKASHI SAITO
$13.2
55kg
Ryoji Yagi
4th 14. JUNE TAKE (JPN) 2yo C
KIZUNA (JPN) - ADMIRE SABRINA (JPN)
M DEMURO
HIDENORI TAKE
$112.4
56kg
5th 12. TAGANO DUDE (JPN) 2yo C
YAMAKATSU ACE (JPN) - TAGANO MU CHAN (JPN)
YOSHIHIRO FURUKAWA
T MIYA
$189.5
56kg
6th 4. SATOMINO KIRARI (JPN) 2yo C
BIG ARTHUR (JPN) - PARADE (JPN)
AKIHIDE TSUMURA
N SUZUKI
$116
56kg
7th 6. SET UP (JPN) 2yo C
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) - THREE ARROW (JPN)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
Y SHIKATO
$15.6
56kg
8th 8. DANON MCKINLEY (JPN) 2yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - HOMECOMING QUEEN (IRE)
C P LEMAIRE
H FUJIWARA
$5.1
56kg
9th 11. TAIKI VAINQUEUR (JPN) 2yo C
A SHIN HIKARI (JPN) - TAIKI KIRARA (JPN)
S HAMANAKA
H NAKAO
$232.4
56kg
10th 17. STRAUSS (JPN) 2yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - BLUMENBLATT (JPN)
TOM MARQUAND
RYO TAKEI
$3.9
56kg
11th 13. NAMURA HOOKER (JPN) 2yo C
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) - NAMURA LYRA (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
AKIRA MURAYAMA
$89.8
56kg
12th 10. BAND SHELL (JPN) 2yo C
BANDWAGON (JPN) - HAPPY ORCHID (JPN)
K IKEZOE
MASAYUKI NISHIMURA
$114.8
56kg
13th 15. ENYA LOVE FAITH (JPN) 2yo C
A SHIN HIKARI (JPN) - TAIKI APPLAUSE (USA)
H MIYUKI
NAOYUKI MORITA
$52.9
56kg
14th 7. AWESOME STROKE (JPN) 2yo C
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - GRAND CLARA (FR)
RYUSEI SAKAI
KEIZO ITO
$21.5
56kg
15th 16. ASK ONE TIME (JPN) 2yo C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - DEEP IN ASK (JPN)
MIRAI IWATA
T UMEDA
$222.8
56kg
16th 9. CLEAN AIR (JPN) 2yo C
REAL IMPACT (JPN) - SYLVAN SONG (USA)
KATSUMA SAMESHIMA
H UEHARA
$134.8
56kg
17th 2. MILTENBERG (JPN) 2yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - PERLENKETTE (JPN)
BAUYRZHAN MURZABAYEV
HIDENORI TAKE
$85.9
56kg

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