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Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas)

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History

GRAN ALEGRIA winning the Oka Sho in Hanshin, Japan.
GRAN ALEGRIA winning the Oka Sho in Hanshin, Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old fillies at Hanshin racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1939 and was won by Soul Lady.
The Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) was worth JPY226,800,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD2.8million).
Hanshin racecourse is a right handed course with the start halfway up the back straight.
Some of the big name winners of the 1000 Guineas have ended up Japan Cup heroines.
Buena Vista would win the Oaks after this race. She would eventually win a Japan Cup after losing the 2010 edition on protest.
That meant Gentildonna remained the only horse to win two Japan Cups. The second one came after winning the Guineas earlier in her outstanding 2012.
Almond Eye maintained her sensational form. She won the 1000 Guineas, Japanese Oaks, Shuka Sho and Japan Cup – the latter in an incredible time.
The most successful recent jockey is Katsumi Ando with four since 2006. Christophe Lemaire has won the last two.
Hiroyoshi Matsuda has three recent wins as a trainer.
Notable winners of the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) include Gran Alegria (2019), Almond Eye (2018), Let's Go Donki (2015), Harp Star (2014), Gentildonna (2012), Apapane (2010), Buena Vista (2009), Daiwa Scarlet (2007), Dance In The Mood (2004), Still In Love (2003) and Oguri Roman (1994).
The 2019 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) was won by Gran Alegria from Shigeru Pink Dia and Chrono Genesis.
Racing and Sports

Previous Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - TAPITSFLY (USA) TAPIT (USA)
C P LEMAIRE55.0K FUJISAWA8
ALMOND EYE (JPN) 3F
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C P LEMAIRE55.0SAKAE KUNIEDA13
REINE MINORU (JPN) 3F
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - DAIWA ANGEL (JPN) TAIKI SHUTTLE (USA)
K IKEZOE55.0M HONDA10
JEWELER (JPN) 3F
VICTOIRE PISA (JPN) - BALDWINA (FR) PISTOLET BLEU (IRE)
M DEMURO55.0K FUJIOKA13
LET'S GO DONKI (JPN) 3F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - MARUTOKU (JPN) MARVELOUS SUNDAY (JPN)
Y IWATA55.0T UMEDA6
HARP STAR (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - HISTORIC STAR (JPN) FALBRAV (IRE)
Y KAWADA55.0H MATSUDA18
AYUSAN (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - BUY THE CAT (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
CRISTIAN DEMURO55.0T TEZUKA7
GENTILDONNA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DONNA BLINI (GB) BERTOLINI (USA)
Y IWATA55.0S ISHIZAKA10
MARCELLINA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MARBYE (IRE) MARJU (IRE)
KATSUMI ANDO55.0H MATSUDA8
APAPANE (JPN) 3F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - SALTY BID (USA) SALT LAKE (USA)
M EBINA55.0SAKAE KUNIEDA9
BUENA VISTA (JPN) 3F
SPECIAL WEEK (JPN) - BIWA HEIDI (JPN) CAERLEON (USA)
KATSUMI ANDO55.0H MATSUDA9
REGINETTA (JPN) 3F
FRENCH DEPUTY (USA) - ASPEN LEAF (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
F KOMAKI55.0H ASAMI15
DAIWA SCARLET (JPN) 3F
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO55.0K MATSUDA18
KISS TO HEAVEN (JPN) 3F
ADMIRE VEGA (JPN) - LONG VIRGIN (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO55.0H TODA14
RHEIN KRAFT (JPN) 3F
END SWEEP (USA) - MUST BE LOVED (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA55.0TSUTOMU SETOGUCHI17
DANCE IN THE MOOD (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - DANCING KEY (USA) NIJINSKY II (CAN)
YUTAKA TAKE55.0K FUJISAWA9
STILL IN LOVE (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - BRADAMANTE (USA) ROBERTO (USA)
H MIYUKI55.0SHOICHI MATSUMOTO9
ARROW CARRY (JPN) 3F
LAST TYCOON (GB) - ARROW LUCY (JPN) SANQUIRICO (USA)
K IKEZOE55.0KAZUAKI YAMAUCHI15