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Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger)

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fierement winning the kikuka sho in kyoto japan
FIEREMENT winning the Kikuka Sho in Kyoto, Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

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.
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Previous Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
FIEREMENT (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LUNE D'OR (FR) GREEN TUNE (USA)
C P LEMAIRE57.0T TEZUKA12
KISEKI (JPN) 3C
RULERSHIP (JPN) - BLITZ FINALE (JPN) DEEP IMPACT (JPN)
M DEMURO57.0KATSUHIKO SUMII13
SATONO DIAMOND (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MALPENSA (ARG) ORPEN (USA)
C P LEMAIRE57.0Y IKEE3
KITASAN BLACK (JPN) 3C
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN) SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (JPN)
H KITAMURA57.0H SHIMIZU4
TOHO JACKAL (JPN) 3C
SPECIAL WEEK (JPN) - TOHO GAIA (USA) UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA)
MANABU SAKAI57.0K TANI2
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) 3C
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - CESARIO (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA57.0KATSUHIKO SUMII3
GOLD SHIP (JPN) 3C
STAY GOLD (JPN) - POINT FLAG (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
H UCHIDA57.0N SUGAI1
ORFEVRE (JPN) 3C
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE57.0Y IKEE14
BIG WEEK (JPN) 3C
BAGO (FR) - TANINO J'ADORE (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
Y KAWADA57.0H NAGAHAMA6
THREE ROLLS (JPN) 3C
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - THREE ROMAN (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
S HAMANAKA57.0KOHEI TAKE1
OKEN BRUCE LEE (JPN) 3C
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - SILVER JOY (CAN) SILVER DEPUTY (CAN)
H UCHIDA57.0H OTONASHI14
ASAKUSA KINGS (JPN) 3C
WHITE MUZZLE (GB) - CROUPIER STAR (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
H SHII57.0R OKUBO10
SONG OF WIND (JPN) 3C
EL CONDOR PASA (USA) - MEMORIAL SUMMER (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
K TAKE57.0H ASAMI18
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) 3C
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - WIND IN HER HAIR (IRE) ALZAO (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0YASUO IKEE7
DELTA BLUES (JPN) 3C
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - DIXIE SPLASH (USA) DIXIELAND BAND (USA)
Y IWATA57.0KATSUHIKO SUMII18
THAT'S THE PLENTY (JPN) 3C
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - BUBBLE PROSPECTOR (USA) MISWAKI (USA)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0K HASHIGUCHI8
HISHI MIRACLE (JPN) 3C
SOCCER BOY (JPN) - SHUNSAKU YOSHIKO (JPN) SHADY HEIGHTS (GB)
KOICHI TSUNODA57.0M SAYAMA2