At Oka Sha in Japan, on the occasion of its 75th renewal, 3YO filly Let's Go Donki (King Kamehameha-Marutoku) scored by a facile 4-lengths for trainer Tomoyuki Umeda in the Gr1 Japanese One Thousand Guineas (8 furlongs) for 3YO fillies. Allowed to bowl along in front Let's Go Donki donkey-licked her peers with an easy win over fellow fillies Culminar (Deep Impact-Cursora) & Contessa Thule (Deep Impact-Air Thule). The race, named after Japan's cherry flower is the first of the five JRA Classics held each year. The King Kamehameha filly finished a 1/2-length second behind Shonan Adela in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Gr1, 1600m) last December, the race to determine the Best Two-Year-Old Filly, but had launched the current season with a third in the Tulip Sho (Gr3, 1600m) this March. For popular trainer Tomoyuki Umeda, who captured the Australian Caulfield Cup with Admire Rakti last October, this is his first Gr1 title on home turf. Jockey Yasunari Iwata celebrates his 24th JRA-G1 victory and second Oka Sho title after claiming it with world class filly Gentildonna in 2012.
Shonan Adela claimed the title of champion 2YO filly when winning the 66th running of the Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1600m) at Hanshin racecourse in Japan on Sunday. Sent out as a 10-1 fifth favourite, the Yoshitaka Ninomiya-trained Shonan Adela let down with a smart turn of foot in the straight to charge past her rivals and score by half a length over Let's Go Donki (King Kamehameha) and Kokorono Ai (Stay Gold). "She didn't break well, but I decided to keep cool and take this opportunity to race her from a little further back than usual," said winning jockey Masayoshi Ebina. "Just as I had anticipated, she had a great late speed and although she was a bit green when crowded by other fillies, we were able to come out following the runner-up for a clear run. I knew that she could make it once we hit the gas." By champion Japanese racehorse and sire Deep Impact out of the Elusive Quality mare Always Willing, Shonan Adela hails from the family of top-class sprinter and successful sire Anabaa. She took her record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for ¥84,175,000 earnings.