Circle the name Circle of life.
the Epiphaneia Filly with a determined stretch running score in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) on December 12th battled her way into year-end honor, beating three other rated stakes winners.
The win was the third straight win for Circle of Life after a third in their career debut.
Circle of Life raced back from midfield on the 1,600 meter (about a mile) test as jockey Mirco Demuro kept their outside rivals and free of traffic. She made steady progress, got far into the distance and put another gear into gear for the last 100 meters to win the long shot with half a length Beautiful your eyes.
Water navillera, an undefeated one so far Silver condition Filly, came third. The favourite, NamurHe missed the break, but ran past the track on the track with a rush and finished fourth with a promising position.
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Water Navillera started the race in Hanshin after winning the KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes (G3) over 1,400 meters (about seven stadiums) and remained unbeaten after three starts. Before the race, coach Koshiro Take said she had some quirks and he hoped jockey Yutaka Take could work her out a good trip.
The second favorite among the young mares, Sternatie, a daughter of Lord Kanaloa He finished seventh under jockey Christophe Lemaire.
“She was great today,” Demuro said of Circle of Life. “She had a good break and we had a smooth ride. We went far on the track, but the track was really good on the outside and the horses (in previous heats) seemed to stretch well on the way.
“My filly closed well on the smooth track, so I trusted her that she would make it and she actually showed a strong top speed. On the last 200 meters I was sure that she would win.”
Circle of life from which Admire Japan mare Sea breeze life, was bred by Chiyoda Farm in Shizunai. Sakae Kunieda trains the filly for Masatake Iida.
She broke her first time on her second start, walking 1,600 meters in Nakayama on September 20th, and then won the Artemis Stakes (G3) at Tokyo Racecourse the same distance on her next start on October 30th.
Though she didn’t win over a mile (her first race was 1,800 meters, about 1 1/8 miles), said Demuro, Circle of Life appears to be capable of more.
“I’ve ridden her since her debut and she takes it really well in the new environment and on unfamiliar tracks, so she has a lot of energy for the race,” he said. “I’m sure that she can keep adding to her distance in future races, so I’m really looking forward to that too.”
Kunieda also suggested before the race that Circle of Life could enjoy more distance at some point.
The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies have been a stepping stone for some of Japan’s best female runners, including the 2006 winner vodka , 2008 winner Buena Vista , and 2009 winner Apapane . The popular white filly Sodashi won last year’s edition.
Resistencia, who finished second in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (G1) on Sunday, holds the race record of 1: 32.7 set in 2019 and not endangered by the Circle of Lifes time of 1: 33.8.