Arima Kinen 2013

December 22, 2013 - 1m 4½f (2,500 meters), 3-years-old and up, Nakayama, Japan

Pl. Dist.
Age kg Trainer Jockey Odds
Orfevre 5 57 Yasutoshi Ikee Kenichi Ikezoe 1,6
2. 8 Win Variation 5 57 Masahiro Matsunaga Yasunari Iwata 16
3. 1 1/2 Gold Ship 4 57 Naosuke Sugai Ryan Moore 4,4
4. 2 1/2 Love Is Boo Shet 4 57 Akira Murayama Yutaka Take 64
5. Nk Tamamo Best Play 3 55 Katsumi Minai Ryuji Wada 114
6. Hd Curren Mirotic 5 57 Osamu Hirata Keita Tosaki 28
7. Ns Desperado 5 57 Akio Adachi Norihiro Yokoyama 34
8. 2 1/2 To the Glory 6 57 Yasutoshi Ikee Christophe Lemaire 64
9. 1 1/4 T M Inazuma 3 55 Nobuharu Fukushima Mirco Demuro 110
10. Nk
Verde Green 5 57 Ikuo Aizawa Hironobu Tanabe 37
11. 2 1/2 Admire Rakti 5 57 Tomoyuki Umeda Craig Williams 14
12. 1 1/4 Lovely Day 3 55 Yasutoshi Ikee Masayoshi Ebina 81
13. 1 1/2 Nakayama Knight 5 57 Yoshitaka Ninomiya Yoshitomi Shibata 48
14. 1/2 Tosen Jordan 7 57 Yasutoshi Ikee Hiroyuki Uchida 25
15. 7 Danon Ballade 5 57 Yasutoshi Ikee Yuga Kawada 41
16. DS Lelouch 5 57 Kazuo Fujisawa Yuichi Fukunaga 51

Preview, December 19, 2013

The Arima Kinen in Nakayama is the last big flat race of the year and it will be the world's biggest betting horse race. About 230.000.000 Euro were wagered only in Japan last year.
This year the clear favourite is Orfevre and it will be the last race of his successful racing career. The son of Stay Gold had won the Japanese Triple Crown and the Arima Kinen in 2011 and became runner-up the last two times at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

As neither Japan Cup winner Gentildonna, the Arc-fourth Kizuna, Japanese St Leger gainer Epiphaneia, Eishin Flash nor Tenno Sho (Autumn) winner Just A Way will take part, the defending titleholder Gold Ship seems the only serious rival of Orfevre. The grey, also a son of Stay Gold, won the Japanese 2000 Guineas, the Japanese St. Leger and the Arima Kinen last year. In June he then won the Takarazuka Kinen ahead of Gentildonna, but totally disappointed in his two races after a break, finished only 15th in the Japan Cup. He will be ridden for the first time by Ryan Moore, who had just been successful with Gentildonna.

If both favourites would display signs of weakness, the veteran Tosen Jordan might be on the spot. After several disappointing runs he surprised the experts when just got third in the Japan Cup. Barely behind him finished Admire Rakti, the stayer had displayed great final speed several times before.
A horse of interest could be Win Variation. The 5-year-old became second behind Orfevre in the Japanese Derby 2011. During a break of almost one and a half years he added 30 kg but was not disgraced when finished third ahead of To The Glory on his comeback in the Kinko Sho at the end of November. This Group 2 race was won by Curren Mirotic, who had given his racing debut. Like Admire Rakti also Curren Mirotic is a son of the former Arima Kinen winner Heart's Cry, it cannot be ruled out that he will surprise in Nakayama.

The field of the Arima Kinen is largely selected by a vote from racing fans. The top eight elected horses are invited to the race, the other half are determined by the amount of prize money they won.
The race is named after the former president of the Japan Racing Association (JRA) Yoriyasu Arima, who founded it in 1956 as Nakayama Grand Prix. Meanwhile it is a major social event in Japan, comparable with the Melbourne Cup or the Grand National.
The Arima Kinen is run in the inner circle of the Nakayama racecourse where the turns are pretty tight. The final stretch of the racecourse is only 310 meters short, but rises the last 200 meters.

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