JPN: First Group winner for Tosen Ra
Zadar (5 h Tosen Ra – See The Sea by Lemon Drop Kid) scored at his first start for this year, as he flew from the pack to land the Epsom Cup (Gr 3, 1800m) at Tokyo yesterday, holding off the late charge from Satono Flag (Deep Impact) to win by a neck. In the process he became the first Group winner for his sire Tosen Ra (Deep Impact), the 2013 winner of the Mile Championship (Gr 1, 1600m) at Kyoto. The pair drew clear of the field, with Folconia (Deep Impact) a length and a quarter further back in third. Zadar was last seen running fifth in the Mainichi Okan (Gr 2, 1800m) in October last year, and is one of two stakes winners for his sire, having won the Principal Stakes (Listed, 2000m) in 2019 as a three-year-old. He is the third foal out of Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo) mare See The Sea, whose yearling by Curren Black Hill (Daiwa Major) sold for ¥31,000,000 last year. Tosen Ra stands at Breeders Stallion Station in Japan.
JPN: Bien Fait holds on in Hakodate Sprint
A frenetic renewal of the Hakodate Sprint (Gr 3, 1200m) at Sapporo saw Bien Fait (4 g Kizuna – Le Sucre by Sakura Bakushin O) steal a march on his rivals and then hold off a stampede of challengers in the final stages to win by a neck. Curren Moe (Lord Kanaloa) fell short in his lunge for the line to finish second, while Miki Brillante (Deep Brillante) finished a nose third. The Kazuya Natatake-trained gelding is now a stakes winner at two, three and four over 1200 metres, having won the Hakodate Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) as a juvenile and the Aoi Stakes (Listed, 1200m) last year. Bien Fait is one of three stakes winners for his dam, the stakes placed Le Sucre (Sakura Bakushin O), who has also produced Grade 3 winner Blanc Bonheur (Deep Impact) and Listed winner Entscheiden (Deep Impact). She has a yearling filly by Heart’s Cry (Sunday Silence).
JPN: First winner for Drefong
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Gr 1, 6f) winner Drefong (Gio Ponti) scored his first winner as a sire when flashy white filly Hyams Beach (2 f Drefong – Yukichan by Kurofone) won on debut in the 1400-metre Newcomers race at Tokyo on Saturday. The third runner for Drefong, who retired to stud with a record of five wins from seven starts, including three at the highest level, Hyams Beach flew home on the outside to win by a half-length over Hagino Maurice (Maurice). Drefong retired to Shadai Stallion Station, where he stands for a fee of ¥3,000,000 (approx. AUD$35,500).