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Sprinters Stakes

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FINE NEEDLE winning the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama in Japan.
FINE NEEDLE winning the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Sprinters Stakes is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and above at Nakayama racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Sprinters Stakes is run over 1200m. It was first run in 1967 and was won by Onward Hill.
Originally a Domestic Grade 3 race, it was elevated to Domestic Grade 2 in 1987, Domestic Grade 1 in 1990, and to its present level in 2006. Horses trained outside Japan have been eligible to run in the race since 1994. Prior to 2000 the race was run in December.
The Sprinters Stakes is worth JPY238,600,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD3million).
Nakayama racecourse is a right handed course with the sprint start up the back straight.
The 2002 and 2014 runnings of the Sprinters Stakes were held at Niigata racecourse.
Older horses have been more dominant with few 4yos taking it out and the last 3yo winner being Aston Machan in 2007.
Great Japanese sprinter Lord Kanaloa won the race twice. The 2012 running was his first G1 victory.
Hong Kong’s hero Silent Witness was tried up to a mile but was beaten in the Champions Mile at home and then the Yasuda Kinen. Freshened up he came back to Japan and was far too good.
Australia’s great evergreen sprinter Takeover Target was on a global crusade. He won at Royal Ascot then was beaten in the Centaur Stakes before Jay Ford took him to the front and he led all the way in 2006 around Nakayama.
The jockeys have spread this race around. Mirco Demuro won twice on Red Falx.
Takayuki Yasuda has three wins of late as a trainer.
Notable winners of the Sprinters Stakes include Fine Needle (2018), Straight Girl (2015), Lord Kanaloa (2012/2013), Curren Chan (2011), Takeover Target (2006), Silent Witness (2005), Black Hawk (1999), Taiki Shuttle (1997), Meiwa Kimiko (1977/1978) and Sakura Iwai (1974/1975).
The 2018 Sprinters Stakes was won by Fine Needle from Love Kampf and Rhein Spirit.
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Previous Sprinters Stakes Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
FINE NEEDLE (JPN) 5H
ADMIRE MOON (JPN) - NEEDLECRAFT (IRE) MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE)
Y KAWADA 57.0 Y TAKAHASHI 8
RED FALX (JPN) 6H
SWEPT OVERBOARD (USA) - VERMOUTH (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
M DEMURO 57.0 TOMOHITO OZEKI 8
RED FALX (JPN) 5H
SWEPT OVERBOARD (USA) - VERMOUTH (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
M DEMURO 57.0 TOMOHITO OZEKI 13
SNOW DRAGON (JPN) 6H
ADMIRE COZZENE (JPN) - MEINE CAPRICE (JPN) TAYASU TSUYOSHI (JPN)
TAKUYA ONO 57.0 N TAKAGI 18
LORD KANALOA (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LADY BLOSSOM (JPN) STORM CAT (USA)
Y IWATA 57.0 TAKEHIRO YASUDA 10
LORD KANALOA (JPN) 4H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LADY BLOSSOM (JPN) STORM CAT (USA)
Y IWATA 57.0 TAKEHIRO YASUDA 16
CURREN CHAN (JPN) 4M
KUROFUNE (USA) - SPRING TICKET (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
K IKEZOE 55.0 TAKEHIRO YASUDA 10
ULTRA FANTASY (AUS) 8G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - BELLE ANGLAISE (USA) SIR IVOR (USA)
H W LAI 57.0 P F YIU 7
LAUREL GUERREIRO (JPN) 5H
KING HALO (JPN) - BIG TENBY (JPN) TENBY (GB)
S FUJITA 57.0 M KON 13
SLEEPLESS NIGHT (JPN) 4M
KUROFUNE (USA) - WHAT KATY DID (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
H UEMURA 55.0 K HASHIGUCHI 14
ASTON MACHAN (JPN) 3F
ADMIRE COZZENE (JPN) - RUSTLING COPSE (USA) WOODMAN (USA)
E NAKADATE 53.0 S ISHIZAKA 7
TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) 7G
CELTIC SWING (GB) - SHADY STREAM (AUS) ARCHREGENT (CAN)
J FORD 57.0 J A JANIAK 13
SILENT WITNESS (AUS) 6G
EL MOXIE (USA) - JADE TIARA (NZ) BUREAUCRACY (NZ)
F COETZEE 57.0 A S CRUZ 13
CALSTONE LIGHT O (JPN) 6H
WARNING (GB) - OSHIMA LUCIA (JPN) CRYSTAL GLITTERS (USA)
NAOHIRO ONISHI 57.0 H ONEDA 5
DURANDAL (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SAWAYAKA PRINCESS (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
K IKEZOE 57.0 MASAHIRO SAKAGUCHI 8
BELIEVE (JPN) 4M
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - GREAT CHRISTINE (USA) DANZIG (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 55.0 SHOICHI MATSUMOTO 4
DAITAKU YAMATO (JPN) 6H
DAITAKU HELIOS (JPN) - DAITAKU BRAINS (JPN) TESCO BOY (GB)
T EDA 57.0 S ISHIZAKA

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