Almond Eye makes sensational return to winning ways

Dubai Turf heroine lands seventh Group One in style.

ALMOND EYE
ALMOND EYE  Picture: Japan Racing Association

Japanese superstar Almond Eye  roared back to winning ways in the Victoria Mile at Tokyo racecourse.

Winner of the Dubai Turf in 2019, the five-year-old had last been seen disappointing in the Arima Kinnen at Nakayama in December, with her planned run in Dubai this year cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Christophe Lemaire's mount broke smartly and was settled in around sixth place, making smooth progress into the straight and cruising past horse from the two-furlong pole, finishing just outside the track record.

The margin of victory was four lengths over Sound Chiara and was a seventh Group One for the Sakae Kunieda-trained mare, tying the mark set by Symboli Rudolf, T.M. Opera O, Deep Impact, Vodka, Gentildonna and Kitasan Black.

Lemaire said: "I think she's matured well, as she was relaxed from the paddock to the start of the race.

"I was able to position her in good position behind Sound Chiara and race her in her own rhythm without getting any pressure from the outside. She felt good during the race and displayed her powerful strides at the end.

"She's a legend horse and will surely win more Group One races going forward."


At The Races



Tokyo

Sunday, 17th May 2020

11
15:40
(local)

THE VICTORIA MILE (G1)

Age: 4yo and up Sex: FM Type: OPEN
JPY ¥204,960,000
1600m TURF FIRM
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥204,960,000
1600m FIRM

THE VICTORIA MILE (G1)

Age: 4yo and up Sex: FM Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. ALMOND EYE (JPN) 5yo M
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$1.40
55.0kg
Silk Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd 18. SOUND CHIARA (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SOUND BARRIER (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
AKIO ADACHI
$12.90
55.0kg
Yuichi Masuda
3rd 16. NORMCORE (JPN) 5yo M
HARBINGER (GB) - CHRONOLOGIST (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA
K HAGIWARA
$17.40
55.0kg
Seiichi Iketani
4th 13. TROIS ETOILES (JPN) 5yo M
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - SECONDO PIATTO (JPN)
KOSEI MIURA
TAKAYUKI YASUDA
$123.80
55.0kg
5th 7. DANON FANTASY (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LIFE FOR SALE (ARG)
Y KAWADA
MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA
$18.40
55.0kg
6th 4. SHIGERU PINK DIA (JPN) 4yo F
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - MOONLIGHT BAY (JPN)
R WADA
KUNIHIKO WATANABE
$100.60
55.0kg
7th 1. LOVES ONLY YOU (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LOVES ONLY ME (USA)
M DEMURO
Y YAHAGI
$9.50
55.0kg
8th 5. PRIMO SCENE (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MOSHEEN (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$7.50
55.0kg
9th 2. BEACH SAMBA (JPN) 4yo F
KUROFUNE (USA) - FUSAICHI AIREDALE (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA
Y TOMOMICHI
$38.10
55.0kg
10th 3. SHADOW DIVA (JPN) 4yo F
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - DIAMOND DIVA (GB)
K IKEZOE
M SAITO
$86.00
55.0kg
11th 15. ARUSHA (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - ZAZU (USA)
H KITAMURA
K FUJISAWA
$288.40
55.0kg
12th 6. TOSEN BLESS (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - BLOOMIN' BAR (JPN)
Y SHIBATA
Y KATO
$223.00
55.0kg
13th 11. SATONO GARNET (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - BEATRIX KIDDO (FR)
Y YOSHIDA
Y YAHAGI
$293.10
55.0kg
14th 17. CONTRA CHECK (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - RICH DANCER (GB)
YUTAKA TAKE
K FUJISAWA
$31.90
55.0kg
15th 14. SCARLET COLOR (JPN) 5yo M
VICTOIRE PISA (JPN) - VENTUS (JPN)
SHU ISHIBASHI
RYO TAKAHASHI
$21.00
55.0kg
16th 10. MEGERE SU (JPN) 5yo M
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - ASIAN WINDS (JPN)
YOSHITSUGU OKADA
H FUJIWARA
$280.00
55.0kg