Gran Alegria falls with Mile Championship victory

Gran Alegria concluded his brilliant career in a burst of glory thanks to the long Mile (G1) Championship race on November 21 at Hanshin Racecourse, sprinting to the lead and pulling away to score his sixth freshman victory.

The Deep impact The mare was clearly the best of the 16-horse field, coming back from afar under a confident ride from the best Japanese jockey, Christophe Lemaire, to score by three-quarter length. But as she heads into retirement, the 3-year-old colts who have followed her from one end of the line to the other have shown that there is no shortage of talent among the Japanese milers in the seasons to come. .

Lemaire kept Gran Alegria out of traffic during the descent into the back stretch, but was then forced the widest of all as the terrain exited the fast turn into the stretch. Shifting into high gear near the 200-meter mark, Gran Alegria quickly took the lead and went to the finish.

Without the accomplished mare, Schnell Meister reportedly celebrated a coming out night against older rivals. As Gran Alegria flew outward, this King man Colt threaded his way through traffic to finish second, half a length ahead Danon the kid, a 3 year old son of Just far away .

Schnell Meister is now taking over from Gran Alegria as both are from Sunday Racing and both were bred at Northern Farm. Gran Alegria was produced by the Tapit Mare Tapitsfly while Schnell Meister is out of the Hollow soldier Mare Serienholde .

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Lemaire, who claimed the 1,500th and 40th Grade 1 victory of his career in the Japan Racing Association, said he was “relieved and happy” with the result of the Mile Championship.

“The most important mission for me in her last run of her career was to bring out the best performance, her true form. And that’s exactly what she did,” said Lemaire.

“We were positioned a bit further away but that didn’t worry me much and she has this very good finishing speed in the stretch as she showed today. He’s been a special horse since the age of 2 years, winning all those great races, and today she showed us again that she is of a different class. I will miss her. “

Gran Alegria finished in 1: 32.6 as she won the Mile Championship for the second year in a row. His Grade 1 victories also include the Oka Sho (one thousand Japanese guineas) in 2019, Yasuda Kinen and Sprinters participations in 2020 and the Victoria Mile earlier this year.

The performances of Schnell Meister and Danon the Kid were remarkable.

Schnell Meister rose to the top for the first time by winning the NHK Mile Cup (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse on May 9, but finished third at Yasuda Kinen (G1) a month later against older rivals. He returned from a break to win the Mainichi Okan (G2) on October 10, covering 1,800 meters (approximately 1 1/8 miles).

Danon the Kid was Japan’s 2-year-old men’s champion last year with a victory in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) in Nakayama. He subsequently broke his promise, finishing 15th in the Satsuki Sho (two thousand Japanese guineas, G1), and showed some improvement after some free time, placing fourth in the Fuji Stakes (G2) on October 23.

Coach Takayuki Yasuda said Danon the Kid had an apology for the flat performance in the stretch race in the Fuji Stakes.

“I guess that’s partly due to his return from a layoff,” Yasuda said. “He’s been sharpening since then which means he had a lot of room for improvement in his last race.”

With Gran Alegria in her second career, Schnell Meister, Danon the Kid and the other 3-year-olds now have a little more room to improve.


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