Kiseki Lands Kikuka Sho

Kiseki (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}) was undeterred by the wind and rain of the approaching Typhoon Lan and streaked to a two-length victory over heavy ground in the G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) his first stakes win, at Kyoto Sunday. In the process, he gave trainer Katsuhiko Sumii his 24th Group 1 win in Japan and third score in the 3000-metre Classic  following Delta Blues (Jpn) (Dance in the Dark {Jpn}) in 2004 and Epiphaneia (Jpn) (Symboli Kris S) in 2013.

The 7-2 favourite was slowly away and hoop Mirco Demuro allowed the dark bay to get his feet under him and was six from the tail of the field in the driving rain as the field passed the wire the first time. Two off the fence for the majority of the backstretch, Kiseki began to inch towards the head of affairs and began to rally 600 metres from the line. On the extreme outside in upper stretch, he ground his way to the head of affairs inside the final 200 metres to win going away. Clincher (Jpn) (Deep Sky {Jpn}) dourly hung on for second after sitting a few horses closer to the front than Kiseki and moving determinedly to gain a piece, a nose in front of Popocatepetle (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}).

“The race condition was tough, but I had confidence in him because he’s a great horse,” said winning jockey Mirco Demuro, who was winning his 22nd Japanese Group 1. “I just tried to establish a good rhythm with him, as he was a bit tense and the distance of 3000 metres was not his favourite. I was sure we were going to win when we entered the straight, and he displayed a great turn of speed at the end.”

Off the mark at first asking at Hanshin on Dec. 11, Kiseki ran third in the Sumire S. two starts later there on Feb. 26 and filled that same position in the G3 Mainichi Hai over 1800 metres on Mar. 25. Back in the winner’s circle trying 2000 metres for the first time at Chukyo against elders on July 15, the colt made it two in a row transferred to Niigata on Aug. 5. He ran a career best last out in the 2400m G2 Kobe Shimbun Hai on Sept. 24 to Rey de Oro (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}), who had won the G2 Hopeful S. as a juvenile and the G1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at the end of May.

Pedigree Insights…

Kiseki became the first Group 1 winner for his young sire Rulership (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}), whose oldest foals are only three. The third foal and third winner out of the unraced Blitz Finale (Jpn), herself the full-sister to Japanese SW Group 2 placed Greater London (Jpn) as well as the half-sister to MSWs Daiwa El Cielo (Jpn) (Sunday Silence) and Big Planet (Jpn) (Brian’s Time) and SW GSP Daiwa Delight (Jpn) (Afleet), Kiseki (Jpn) is the last known produce of his dam. He counts SW MGISP Pledge Card (Quack) under his fourth dam. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.


Sunday, Kyoto, Japan
KIKUKA SHO (JAPANESE ST. LEGER)-G1, ¥262,370,000 (US$2,311,407/£1,752,986/€1,961,342), Kyoto, 10-22, 3yo, c/f, 3000mT, 3:18.90, vsf.
1–KISEKI (JPN), 126, c, 3, Rulership (Jpn)
                1st Dam: Blitz Finale (Jpn), by Deep Impact (Jpn)
                2nd Dam: London Bridge (Jpn), by Dr Devious (Ire)
                3rd Dam: All for London, by Danzig
O-Tatsue Ishikawa; B-Shimokobe Farm; T-Katsuhiko Sumii;
J-Mirco Demuro; ¥145,709,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-1-2.
Click for the eNicks report 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
   Rating: A++.
2–Clincher (Jpn), 126, c, 3, by Deep Sky (Jpn)–The Fates (Jpn),
by Brian’s Time. O-Koji Maeda; B- Hirayama Farm;
3–Popocatepetl (Jpn), 126, c, 3, by Deep Impact (Jpn)–Miss
Pascali (Jpn), by Mr. Greeley. O-Makoto Kaneko Holdings;
B-Northern Farm; ¥33,387,000.
Margins: 2, NO, 1HF, HF; Odds: 3.50, 29.90, 43.20.
Also Ran: Meiner Wunsch (Jpn), Danburite (Jpn), Mikki Swallow (Jpn), Al Ain (Jpn), Kurino Yamatono-Oh (Jpn), Platina Voice (Jpn), Satono Chronicle (Jpn), Satono Arthur (Jpn), Bless Journey (Jpn), Best Approach (GB), Stiffelio (Jpn), Tricolore Bleu (Jpn), Win Ganador (Jpn), Adam Barows (Jpn), My Style (Jpn).
Click for the Racing Post chart. JRA Video.

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