Ja­panese stars join the ac­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

A QUAR­TET of top-class Ja­panese gal­lop­ers will pro­vide a con­sid­er­able in­ter­na­tional pres­ence for The Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney this au­tumn.

Rac­ing NSW has con­firmed Isla Bonita (trained by Hironori Ku­rita), Lo­go­type (Tsuyoshi Tanaka), Tosen Star­dom and Tosen Reve (both Ya­su­toshi Ikee) will com­pete. “We are again de­lighted to at­tract the in­ter­est from Ja­pan with horses of this qual­ity,” Rac­ing NSW chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter V’landys said.

Isla Bonita is one of the best horses in Ja­pan, win­ning their 2000 Guineas be­fore plac­ing se­cond in the Ja­panese Derby as a three­year-old.

Lo­go­type was the cham­pion two-year-old of his year in Ja­pan and as a three-year- old de­feated Ja­pan’s world­class gal­loper Epiphaneia.

Tosen Star­dom raced in Syd­ney last au­tumn, run­ning se­cond in the Ran­vet Stakes then fifth in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes last year, and is tar­get­ing those races again. Sta­ble­mate Tosen Reve may be­come the first Ja­panese run­ner to con­test the Syd­ney Cup.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.