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Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)

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History

ALMOND EYE winning the Yushun Himba in Tokyo, Japan.
ALMOND EYE winning the Yushun Himba in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old fillies at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) is run over 2400m. It was first run in 1938 and was won by Asteri Mor.
The Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) is worth JPY238,600,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD3million).
Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the start halfway up the front straight.
When Apapane and Saint Emilion dead heated in 2010, it was the first Grade 1 D/H for a win in Japan.
Japan Cup memories have followed from winning the Japanese Oaks.
Buena Vista took out the Oaks by a nose and proved she could win from a mile to a mile and a half.
Gentildonna went straight from the Guineas to the Oaks and won by five lengths. She is still the only horse to win two Japan Cups.
Almond Eye showed her Japan Cup win was not a surprise given how she went at the same course and distance in the Oaks.
The most successful recent jockey is Yuichi Fukunaga with three in the last 20 years.
Sakae Kunieda is one trainer with a multiple number of wins.
Notable winners of the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) include Almond Eye (2018), Soul Stirring (2017), Meisho Mambo (2013), Gentildonna (2012), Apapane/Saint Emilion D/H (2010), Buena Vista (2009), Still In Love (2003), Air Groove (1996), Dance Partner (1995) and Kurifuji (1943).
The 2018 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) was won by Almond Eye from Lily Noble and Lucky Lilac.
Racing and Sports

Previous Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
LOVES ONLY YOU (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LOVES ONLY ME (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
M DEMURO 55.0 Y YAHAGI 13
ALMOND EYE (JPN) 3F
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C P LEMAIRE 55.0 SAKAE KUNIEDA 13
SOUL STIRRING (JPN) 3F
FRANKEL (GB) - STACELITA (FR) MONSUN (GER)
C P LEMAIRE 55.0 K FUJISAWA 2
SINHALITE (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SINGHALESE (GB) SINGSPIEL (IRE)
K IKEZOE 55.0 S ISHIZAKA 3
MIKKI QUEEN (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MUSICAL WAY (FR) GOLD AWAY (IRE)
S HAMANAKA 55.0 Y IKEE 10
NUOVO RECORD (JPN) 3F
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - OMEGA SPIRIT (JPN) SPINNING WORLD (USA)
Y IWATA 55.0 M SAITO 9
MEISHO MAMBO (JPN) 3F
SUZUKA MAMBO (JPN) - MEISHO MOMOKA (JPN) GRASS WONDER (USA)
K TAKE 55.0 A IIDA 3
GENTILDONNA (JPN) 3F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DONNA BLINI (GB) BERTOLINI (USA)
Y KAWADA 55.0 S ISHIZAKA 14
ERIN COURT (JPN) 3F
DURANDAL (JPN) - ERIN BIRD (FR) BLUEBIRD (USA)
HIROKI GOTO 55.0 K SASADA 4
APAPANE (JPN) 3F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - SALTY BID (USA) SALT LAKE (USA)
M EBINA 55.0 SAKAE KUNIEDA 17
BUENA VISTA (JPN) 3F
SPECIAL WEEK (JPN) - BIWA HEIDI (JPN) CAERLEON (USA)
KATSUMI ANDO 55.0 H MATSUDA 7
TALL POPPY (JPN) 3F
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - ADMIRE SUNDAY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
K IKEZOE 55.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 15
ROBE DECOLLETE (USA) 3F
COZZENE (USA) - COLOR OF GOLD (USA) SEEKING THE GOLD (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA 55.0 SHOICHI MATSUMOTO 2
KAWAKAMI PRINCESS (JPN) 3F
KING HALO (JPN) - TAKANO SECRETARY (USA) SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
MASARU HONDA 55.0 K NISHIURA 9
CESARIO (JPN) 3F
SPECIAL WEEK (JPN) - KIROV PREMIERE (GB) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA 55.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 4
DAIWA EL CIELO (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - LONDON BRIDGE (JPN) DR DEVIOUS (IRE)
Y FUKUNAGA 55.0 K MATSUDA 13
STILL IN LOVE (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - BRADAMANTE (USA) ROBERTO (USA)
H MIYUKI 55.0 SHOICHI MATSUMOTO 3
SMILE TOMORROW (JPN) 3F
WHITE MUZZLE (GB) - KOKUTO BEAUTY (JPN) SOUTH ATLANTIC (IRE)
Y YOSHIDA 55.0 K SEISHI 10