Hopeful Stakes (Japan)

The Hopeful Stakes (ホープフルステークス) is the only Grade 1 middle-distance race for two-year-old thoroughbreds in the JRA. This race was started as the Radio Tampa Hai Sansai Hinba Stakes (Grade 3), run at Hanshin Racecourse for two-year-old fillies. In 1991, not fillies but colts were allowed to run. Its name was changed several times (Radio Tampa Hai Sansai Stakes (1991-2000), Radio Tampa Hai Nisai Stakes (2001-2005) and Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes (2006-2013)). This race was considered important because no other graded race over 2,000 meters for two-year-olds existed in those days. In particular, it was a good chance for horses with ambition for Triple Crown Races to experience a middle distance race. In fact, some triple crown race winners had previously won this race. Logi Universe (2008) and One and Only (2013) won the Japanese Derby, Victoire Pisa (also Dubai World Cup winner) (2009) won the Satsuki Shō, and Epiphaneia (2012) won the Kikuka Shō.

Hopeful Stakes (Japan)
Grade 1 race
Paddock at Hopeful S (2016).jpg
Paddock (2016)
LocationNakayama Racecourse
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Inaugurated1984(as Radio Tanpa Hai Sansai Hinba Stakes)
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs / 1.1/4 mile)
TrackRight-handed (inner course)
QualificationTwo-year-old, Colts & Fillies
WeightColt 55 kg, Filly 54 kg
Purse¥152,200,000 (as of 2017)
1st: ¥ 70,000,000

In 2014, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, a grade 1 race for two-year-old colts previously held at Nakayama Racecourse, was moved to Hanshin Racecourse. Then the Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes was moved to Nakayama Racecourse. With this transfer, its name was changed to Hopeful Stakes, and the grade of the race was elevated to Grade 2. The race was promoted to Grade 1 level in 2017.

The winner in 2016, Rey de Oro, became the Japanese Derby winner in 2017.

Until 2016, this race was held on Arima Kinen day. But from 2017, it will be moved to the final day of the JRA racing season, 28 December.

Winners since 2014Edit

2014 Shining Lei Yuga Kawada Tomokazu Takano U Carrot Farm 2:01.9
2015 Hartley Hugh Bowman Takahisa Tezuka Sunday Racing 2:01.8
2016 Rey de Oro Christophe Lemaire Kazuo Fujisawa U Carrot Farm 2:01.3
2017 Time Flyer Christian Demuro Kunihide Matsuda Sunday Racing 2:01.4
2018 Saturnalia Mirco Demuro Kazuya Nakatake U Carrot Farm 2:01.6
2019 Contrail Yuichi Fukunaga Yoshito Yahagi Shinji Maeda 2:01.4
2020 Danon The Kid Yuga Kawada Takayuki Yasuda Danox 2:02.8

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