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Osaka Hai

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AL AIN winning the Osaka Hai at Hanshin in Japan.
AL AIN 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 JPY291,600,000 in 2020.
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.
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 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 2019 Osaka Hai was won by Al Ain from Kiseki and Wagnerian.
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Previous Osaka Hai Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
AL AIN (JPN) 5H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DUBAI MAJESTY (USA) ESSENCE OF DUBAI (USA)
YUICHI KITAMURA57.0Y IKEE3
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) 4H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - PIRRAMIMMA (USA) UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA)
M DEMURO57.0Y SHONO15
KITASAN BLACK (JPN) 5H
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN) SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0H SHIMIZU5
AMBITIOUS (JPN) 4H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CARNIVAL SONG (JPN) EL CONDOR PASA (USA)
N YOKOYAMA56.0H OTONASHI9
LACHESIS (JPN) 5M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MAGIC STORM (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
C P LEMAIRE55.0KATSUHIKO SUMII3
KIZUNA (JPN) 4H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CATEQUIL (CAN) STORM CAT (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE58.0SHUICHI SASAKI7
ORFEVRE (JPN) 5H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE58.0Y IKEE5
SHONAN MIGHTY (JPN) 4H
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - LUXURY (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
S HAMANAKA56.0T UMEDA11
HIRUNO D'AMOUR (JPN) 4H
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - SHARE ELEGANCE (JPN) LAMMTARRA (USA)
S FUJITA57.0M KON8
T M ENCORE (JPN) 6H
OPERA HOUSE (GB) - SNARK SUCCESS (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
S HAMANAKA57.0M SHIBATA11
DREAM JOURNEY (JPN) 5H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE57.0Y IKEE8
DAIWA SCARLET (JPN) 4M
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO56.0K MATSUDA9
MEISHO SAMSON (JPN) 4M
OPERA HOUSE (GB) - MY VIVIEN (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
MAMORU ISHIBASHI59.0SHIGETADA TAKAHASHI3
COMPANY (JPN) 5H
MIRACLE ADMIRE (JPN) - BRILLIANT VERY (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
Y FUKUNAGA57.0H OTONASHI5
SUNRISE PEGASUS (JPN) 7H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - HIGASHI BRIAN (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
H MIYUKI57.0S ISHIZAKA5
NEO UNIVERSE (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - POINTED PATH (GB) KRIS (GB)
M DEMURO59.0TSUTOMU SETOGUCHI5
TAGANO MY BACH (JPN) 4H
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - AFTER THE SUN (USA) STORM BIRD (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0H MATSUDA8
SUNRISE PEGASUS (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - HIGASHI BRIAN (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0S ISHIZAKA7

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