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Prof. Robert Furlongsworth’s Japan Racing Tenno Sho Preview: Almond Eyeing 8th Grade 1

October 31, 2020April 26th, 2022

Racecourse
Tokyo, Japan

Race 11
Tenno Sho, 2000m

 

The outstanding Almond Eye (1.50) (pictured above and in below tweet) will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins in this event, the first leg of the Japanese Autumn Triple Crown, after an emphatic win last year.
The mare has a fantastic record around this course having won four times at Grade 1 level, although she did have her colours lowered by Gran Alegria in the Yasuda Kinen on her most recent visit.
With regular rider Christophe Lemaire booked, expect her to return to winning ways with a number of possible targets at home and abroad on the cards for the remainder of her campaign should she come through this race smoothly.

 

 

A six-length romp in the Takarazuka Kinen at her most recent outing marked a career benchmark for Chrono Genesis (4.40) and the Takashi Saito-trained mare is rated the only legitimate threat to the favourite on the strength of that performance.
This will be the first meeting between the pair.
Fierement (15.00has won the last two editions of the Spring edition of the Tenno Sho (held over 3200m) and should run an honest race while Danon Premium (18.00) chased home Almond Eye 12 months ago and is another who can battle for the minor placings.

 

My Tip: Almond Eye

 

 

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