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Shuka Sho

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almond eye winning the shuka sho at kyoto in japan
ALMOND EYE winning the Shuka Sho at Kyoto in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Shuka Sho is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old fillies at Kyoto racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Shuka Sho is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1996 and was won by Fabulous La Fouine.
The Shuka Sho is the final leg of the Japanese Fillies Triple Crown after Oka Sho and the Yushun Himba.
In 1996 it was established as Domestic Grade 1 race, and in 2009 it was granted International Grade 1 status.
The Shuka Sho is worth JPY216,000,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD2.7million).
Kyoto racecourse is a right handed course with the start in the front straight with a short run to the first turn.
Gentildonna used this as her lead up to her first of two Japan Cups. Almond Eye had the same pattern in 2018.
Shonan Pandora was a Shuka Sho winner and a Japan Cup winner a year on.
Vivlos won a Shuka Sho and the next prep took the Dubai Turf. Deirdre tried the same pattern 12 months on but ran into Benbatl and Vivlos in Dubai.
Yataka Take has won it three times. Christophe Lemaire has the last couple.
Trainers have really shared this race around.
Notable winners of the Shuka Sho include Almond Eye (2018), Deirdre (2017), Vivlos (2016), Shonan Pandora (2014), Meisho Mambo (2013), Gentildonna (2012), Apapane (2010), Daiwa Scarlet (2007), Sweep Tosho (2004) and Still In Love (2003).
The 2018 Shuka Sho was won by Almond Eye from Mikki Charm and Cantabile.
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Previous Shuka Sho Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
ALMOND EYE (JPN) 3F
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C P LEMAIRE55.0SAKAE KUNIEDA11
DEIRDRE (JPN) 3F
HARBINGER (GB) - REIZEND (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE55.0M HASHIDA14
VIVLOS (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - HALWA SWEET (JPN) MACHIAVELLIAN (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA55.0Y TOMOMICHI7
MIKKI QUEEN (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MUSICAL WAY (FR) GOLD AWAY (IRE)
S HAMANAKA55.0Y IKEE18
SHONAN PANDORA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CUTIE GOLD (JPN) FRENCH DEPUTY (USA)
S HAMANAKA55.0TOMOKAZU TAKANO6
MEISHO MAMBO (JPN) 3F
SUZUKA MAMBO (JPN) - MEISHO MOMOKA (JPN) GRASS WONDER (USA)
K TAKE55.0A IIDA16
GENTILDONNA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DONNA BLINI (GB) BERTOLINI (USA)
Y IWATA55.0S ISHIZAKA14
AVENTURA (JPN) 3F
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - ADMIRE SUNDAY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
Y IWATA55.0KATSUHIKO SUMII4
APAPANE (JPN) 3F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - SALTY BID (USA) SALT LAKE (USA)
M EBINA55.0SAKAE KUNIEDA15
RED DESIRE (JPN) 3F
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - GREAT SUNRISE (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
H SHII55.0MIKIO MATSUNAGA5
BLACK EMBLEM (JPN) 3F
WAR EMBLEM (USA) - VIN DE NOIR (JPN) HECTOR PROTECTOR (USA)
Y IWATA55.0S KOJIMA4
DAIWA SCARLET (JPN) 3F
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO55.0K MATSUDA13
KAWAKAMI PRINCESS (JPN) 3F
KING HALO (JPN) - TAKANO SECRETARY (USA) SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
MASARU HONDA55.0K NISHIURA12
AIR MESSIAH (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - AIR DEJA VU (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
YUTAKA TAKE55.0YUJI ITO10
SWEEP TOSHO (JPN) 3F
END SWEEP (USA) - TABATHA TOSHO (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
K IKEZOE55.0A TSURUDOME11
STILL IN LOVE (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - BRADAMANTE (USA) ROBERTO (USA)
H MIYUKI55.0SHOICHI MATSUMOTO17
FINE MOTION (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL (USA) - COCOTTE (GB) TROY (GB)
YUTAKA TAKE55.0YUJI ITO12

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