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Osaka Hai

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History

LEI PAPALE winning the Osaka Hai at Hanshin in Japan.
LEI PAPALE winning the Osaka Hai at Hanshin in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Osaka Hai is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for four year olds and above at Hanshin racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Osaka Hai is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1957 and was won by Homare Ichi.
The race has been known as the Sankei Osaka Hai until 2016 and the Ōsaka Cup.
When first run in 1957 it was over 1800m then it was increased to 1900m in 1966 before the race was run over its current distance for the first time in 1972.
The Ōsaka Hai was promoted from Grade 2 to Grade 1 in 2017.
The Osaka Hai was worth JPY256,500,000 in 2021.
Hanshin racecourse is a right handed course with the start at the top of the straight.
The four year olds have been the ones in the last 20 years with 11 winning.
A couple of elite Japanese favourites of late took it out. Orfevre won over the 2000m which was a great effort for a real stayer. He'd then head to France and took the Prix Foy before running into Treve in the Arc. He ended his career bolting away with the Arima Kinen.
The mighty Kitasan Black finished his final season which also culminated in a big Arima Kinen effort after winning the Osaka Hai.
Lei Papale caused a minor upset in 2021 remaining unbeaten after a totally dominant effort. She defeated some of the best around on resumption.
The most successful recent jockey is Yutaka Take with five since 1993.
Yasutoshi Ikee has three recent wins as a trainer.
Notable winners of the Osaka Hai include Lei Papale (2021), Lucky Lilac (2020), Al Ain (2019), Suave Richard (2018), Kitasan Black (2017), Ambitious (2016), Kizuna (2014), Orfevre (2013), Daiwa Scarlet (2008), Meisho Samson (2007), Neo Universe (2004), Sunrise Pegasus (2002/2005), Air Groove (1998), Mejiro McQueen (1993), Tokai Teio (1992), Super Creek (1990) and Katsuragi Ace (1984).
The 2021 Osaka Hai was won by Lei Papale from Mozu Bello and Contrail.
Racing and Sports

Previous Osaka Hai Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
LEI PAPALE (JPN) 4F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SHELLS LEI (JPN) KUROFUNE (USA)
Y KAWADA 55.0 TOMOKAZU TAKANO 8
LUCKY LILAC (JPN) 5M
ORFEVRE (JPN) - LILACS AND LACE (USA) FLOWER ALLEY (USA)
M DEMURO 55.0 MIKIO MATSUNAGA 5
AL AIN (JPN) 5H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DUBAI MAJESTY (USA) ESSENCE OF DUBAI (USA)
YUICHI KITAMURA 57.0 Y IKEE 3
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) 4H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - PIRRAMIMMA (USA) UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA)
M DEMURO 57.0 Y SHONO 15
KITASAN BLACK (JPN) 5H
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN) SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE 57.0 H SHIMIZU 5
AMBITIOUS (JPN) 4H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CARNIVAL SONG (JPN) EL CONDOR PASA (USA)
N YOKOYAMA 56.0 H OTONASHI 9
LACHESIS (JPN) 5M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MAGIC STORM (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
C P LEMAIRE 55.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 3
KIZUNA (JPN) 4H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CATEQUIL (CAN) STORM CAT (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 58.0 SHUICHI SASAKI 7
ORFEVRE (JPN) 5H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE 58.0 Y IKEE 5
SHONAN MIGHTY (JPN) 4H
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - LUXURY (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
S HAMANAKA 56.0 T UMEDA 11
HIRUNO D'AMOUR (JPN) 4H
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - SHARE ELEGANCE (JPN) LAMMTARRA (USA)
S FUJITA 57.0 M KON 8
T M ENCORE (JPN) 6H
OPERA HOUSE (GB) - SNARK SUCCESS (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
S HAMANAKA 57.0 M SHIBATA 11
DREAM JOURNEY (JPN) 5H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE 57.0 Y IKEE 8
DAIWA SCARLET (JPN) 4M
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO 56.0 K MATSUDA 9
MEISHO SAMSON (JPN) 4M
OPERA HOUSE (GB) - MY VIVIEN (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
MAMORU ISHIBASHI 59.0 SHIGETADA TAKAHASHI 3
COMPANY (JPN) 5H
MIRACLE ADMIRE (JPN) - BRILLIANT VERY (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
Y FUKUNAGA 57.0 H OTONASHI 5
SUNRISE PEGASUS (JPN) 7H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - HIGASHI BRIAN (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
H MIYUKI 57.0 S ISHIZAKA 5
NEO UNIVERSE (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - POINTED PATH (GB) KRIS (GB)
M DEMURO 59.0 TSUTOMU SETOGUCHI 5
TAGANO MY BACH (JPN) 4H
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - AFTER THE SUN (USA) STORM BIRD (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO 57.0 H MATSUDA 8
SUNRISE PEGASUS (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - HIGASHI BRIAN (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
KATSUMI ANDO 57.0 S ISHIZAKA 7

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