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Shuka Sho

Japan | FEATURE RACE GUIDE

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LIBERTY ISLAND winning the Shuka Sho at Kyoto in Japan.
LIBERTY ISLAND winning the Shuka Sho at Kyoto in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Shuka Sho is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old fillies at Kyoto racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.

The Shuka Sho is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1996 and was won by Fabulous La Fouine.

The Shuka Sho is the final leg of the Japanese Fillies Triple Crown after Oka Sho and the Yushun Himba.

In 1996 it was established as Domestic Grade 1 race, and in 2009 it was granted International Grade 1 status.

The Shuka Sho was worth JPY238,600,000 in 2023.

Kyoto racecourse is a right handed course with the start in the back straight with a decent run to the first turn.

Gentildonna used this as her lead up to her first of two Japan Cups. Almond Eye had the same pattern in 2018.

Shonan Pandora was a Shuka Sho winner and a Japan Cup winner a year on.

Vivlos won a Shuka Sho and the next prep took the Dubai Turf. Deirdre tried the same pattern 12 months on but ran into Benbatl and Vivlos in Dubai.

Brilliant filly Liberty Island made it four G1 wins on the trot in taking the Shuka Sho.

Liberty Island (2023) joined the list of fillies to win the Triple Crown – the others are Mejiro Ramonu (1986), Still in Love (2003), Apapane (2010), Gentildonna (2012), Almond Eye (2018) and Daring Tact (2020).

Yataka Take and Yasunari Iwata have won it three times.

Trainers have really shared this race around.

Notable winners of the Shuka Sho include Liberty Island (2023), Daring Tact (2020), Almond Eye (2018), Deirdre (2017), Vivlos (2016), Shonan Pandora (2014), Meisho Mambo (2013), Gentildonna (2012), Apapane (2010), Daiwa Scarlet (2007), Sweep Tosho (2004) and Still In Love (2003).

The 2023 Shuka Sho was won by Liberty Island from Masked Diva and Harper.


Racing and Sports

Previous Shuka Sho Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
LIBERTY ISLAND (JPN) 3F
DURAMENTE (JPN) - YANKEE ROSE (AUS) ALL AMERICAN (AUS)
Y KAWADA 55.0 MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA 6
STUNNING ROSE (JPN) 3F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - ROSA BLANCA (JPN) KUROFUNE (USA)
RYUSEI SAKAI 55.0 TOMOKAZU TAKANO 7
AKAITORINO MUSUME (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - APAPANE (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
K TOSAKI 55.0 SAKAE KUNIEDA 12
DARING TACT (JPN) 3F
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - DARING BIRD (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA 55.0 HARUKI SUGIYAMA 13
CHRONO GENESIS (JPN) 3F
BAGO (FR) - CHRONOLOGIST (JPN) KUROFUNE (USA)
YUICHI KITAMURA 55.0 TAKASHI SAITO 5
ALMOND EYE (JPN) 3F
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C P LEMAIRE 55.0 SAKAE KUNIEDA 11
DEIRDRE (JPN) 3F
HARBINGER (GB) - REIZEND (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE 55.0 M HASHIDA 14
VIVLOS (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - HALWA SWEET (JPN) MACHIAVELLIAN (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA 55.0 Y TOMOMICHI 7
MIKKI QUEEN (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MUSICAL WAY (FR) GOLD AWAY (IRE)
S HAMANAKA 55.0 Y IKEE 18
SHONAN PANDORA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CUTIE GOLD (JPN) FRENCH DEPUTY (USA)
S HAMANAKA 55.0 TOMOKAZU TAKANO 6
MEISHO MAMBO (JPN) 3F
SUZUKA MAMBO (JPN) - MEISHO MOMOKA (JPN) GRASS WONDER (USA)
K TAKE 55.0 A IIDA 16
GENTILDONNA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DONNA BLINI (GB) BERTOLINI (USA)
Y IWATA 55.0 S ISHIZAKA 14
AVENTURA (JPN) 3F
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - ADMIRE SUNDAY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
Y IWATA 55.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 4
APAPANE (JPN) 3F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - SALTY BID (USA) SALT LAKE (USA)
M EBINA 55.0 SAKAE KUNIEDA 15
RED DESIRE (JPN) 3F
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - GREAT SUNRISE (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
H SHII 55.0 MIKIO MATSUNAGA 5
BLACK EMBLEM (JPN) 3F
WAR EMBLEM (USA) - VIN DE NOIR (JPN) HECTOR PROTECTOR (USA)
Y IWATA 55.0 S KOJIMA 4
DAIWA SCARLET (JPN) 3F
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO 55.0 K MATSUDA 13
KAWAKAMI PRINCESS (JPN) 3F
KING HALO (JPN) - TAKANO SECRETARY (USA) SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
MASARU HONDA 55.0 K NISHIURA 12
AIR MESSIAH (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - AIR DEJA VU (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
YUTAKA TAKE 55.0 YUJI ITO 10
SWEEP TOSHO (JPN) 3F
END SWEEP (USA) - TABATHA TOSHO (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
K IKEZOE 55.0 A TSURUDOME 11
STILL IN LOVE (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - BRADAMANTE (USA) ROBERTO (USA)
H MIYUKI 55.0 SHOICHI MATSUMOTO 17
FINE MOTION (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL (USA) - COCOTTE (GB) TROY (GB)
YUTAKA TAKE 55.0 YUJI ITO 12

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