At Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, multiple Champion Sire Deep Impact added yet another Gr1 victory to his incredible stud record when 3YO colt Satono Aladdin (Deep Impact-Magic Storm, by Storm Cat) avenged his fourth in last year's running of the prestigious Yasuda Kinen (1600m) and captured his first Gr1 when storming to a neck victory in the 67th running of the race. The Yasutoshi Ikee-trained galloper defied Gr1 Fururity winner Logotype (Lohengrin-Stereotype, by Sunday Silence) with Red Faix (Swept Overbaord-Vermouth, by Sunday Silence) a further neck back. Satono Aladdin joined an illustrious list of previous Yasuda Kinen luminaries including Vodka, Lord Kanaloa and Maurice (who shuttles to Arrowfield Stud in 2017, see below). Satono Aladdin took his record to 8 wind and 7 placings from 25 starts for ¥ 423,633,000 earnings. Jockey Yuga Kawada commented post race, "I thought he was a horse of great potential since I first rode him last season, and I'm delighted to have proved that today."
James McDonald faces a hectic travel schedule this week with two trips to Hong Kong between engagements in Australia, reports NZ Racing Desk. He will represent New Zealand in the international jockeys' series on Wednesday evening at Happy Valley where his opposition will include Ryan Moore, Hugh Bowman, Maxime Guyon, Silvestre De Souza and Joao Moreira. McDonald will then return to Sydney to ride at Canterbury on Friday night and at Randwick the following day before he returns to Hong Kong to partner Japanese galloper Satono Aladdin in Sunday's Gr1 Hong Kong International Cup.