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Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger)
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The Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old colts and fillies at Kyoto racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) is run over 3000m. It was first run in 1938 and was won by Tetsumon.
The Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) is worth JPY259,200,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD3.1million).
Kyoto racecourse is a right handed course with the start right near a bend so only a short early run.
The St Leger, like the English counterpart, forms the final leg of the Japanese Triple Crown after the 2000 Guineas the Derby.
Some of Japan’s great stayers have tasted success with the likes of Deep Impact, Orfevre and Kitasan Black staying this right out.
A couple of other noteworthy winners were Epiphaneia who won the Leger by five lengths and 12 months later would win the Japan Cup almost as easily.
Obviously another famous winner was Delta Blues who took it out in 2004. Two years later he won a little race called the Melbourne Cup. Interestingly he was by a horse called Dance In The Dark who also won the Leger in 1996.
Yutaka Take has taken four St Legers while Christophe Lemaire has won two of the last three editions.
Katsuhiko Sumii has the best recent record with three victories.
Notable winners of the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) include Satono Diamond (2016), Kitasan Black (2015), Epiphaneia (2013), Gold Ship (2012), Orfevre (2011), Oken Bruce Lee (2008), Deep Impact (2005), Delta Blues (2004), Manhattan Café (2001), Dance In The Dark (1996), Narita Brian (1994), Mejiro McQueen (1990), Symboli Rudolf (1984), Shinzan (1964) and St Lite (1941).
The 2018 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) was won by Fierement from Etario and You Can Smile.
Previous Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) Winners
| FIEREMENT (JPN) 3C |
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LUNE D'OR (FR) GREEN TUNE (USA)
|C P LEMAIRE||57.0||T TEZUKA||12|
| KISEKI (JPN) 3C |
RULERSHIP (JPN) - BLITZ FINALE (JPN) DEEP IMPACT (JPN)
|M DEMURO||57.0||KATSUHIKO SUMII||13|
| SATONO DIAMOND (JPN) 3C |
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MALPENSA (ARG) ORPEN (USA)
|C P LEMAIRE||57.0||Y IKEE||3|
| KITASAN BLACK (JPN) 3C |
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN) SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (JPN)
|H KITAMURA||57.0||H SHIMIZU||4|
| TOHO JACKAL (JPN) 3C |
SPECIAL WEEK (JPN) - TOHO GAIA (USA) UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA)
|MANABU SAKAI||57.0||K TANI||2|
| EPIPHANEIA (JPN) 3C |
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - CESARIO (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
|Y FUKUNAGA||57.0||KATSUHIKO SUMII||3|
| GOLD SHIP (JPN) 3C |
STAY GOLD (JPN) - POINT FLAG (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
|H UCHIDA||57.0||N SUGAI||1|
| ORFEVRE (JPN) 3C |
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
|K IKEZOE||57.0||Y IKEE||14|
| BIG WEEK (JPN) 3C |
BAGO (FR) - TANINO J'ADORE (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
|Y KAWADA||57.0||H NAGAHAMA||6|
| THREE ROLLS (JPN) 3C |
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - THREE ROMAN (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
|S HAMANAKA||57.0||KOHEI TAKE||1|
| OKEN BRUCE LEE (JPN) 3C |
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - SILVER JOY (CAN) SILVER DEPUTY (CAN)
|H UCHIDA||57.0||H OTONASHI||14|
| ASAKUSA KINGS (JPN) 3C |
WHITE MUZZLE (GB) - CROUPIER STAR (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
|H SHII||57.0||R OKUBO||10|
| SONG OF WIND (JPN) 3C |
EL CONDOR PASA (USA) - MEMORIAL SUMMER (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
|K TAKE||57.0||H ASAMI||18|
| DEEP IMPACT (JPN) 3C |
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - WIND IN HER HAIR (IRE) ALZAO (USA)
|YUTAKA TAKE||57.0||YASUO IKEE||7|
| DELTA BLUES (JPN) 3C |
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - DIXIE SPLASH (USA) DIXIELAND BAND (USA)
|Y IWATA||57.0||KATSUHIKO SUMII||18|
| THAT'S THE PLENTY (JPN) 3C |
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - BUBBLE PROSPECTOR (USA) MISWAKI (USA)
|KATSUMI ANDO||57.0||K HASHIGUCHI||8|
| HISHI MIRACLE (JPN) 3C |
SOCCER BOY (JPN) - SHUNSAKU YOSHIKO (JPN) SHADY HEIGHTS (GB)
|KOICHI TSUNODA||57.0||M SAYAMA||2|