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Ōsaka Hai

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The Ōsaka Hai (大阪杯) is a Grade 1 horse race in for Thoroughbred colts and fillies aged four and over run over a distance of 2,000 metres at Hanshin Racecourse. The race is also known as the Sankei Ōsaka Hai (産経大阪杯) (until 2016) and the Ōsaka Cup. The race is run in early April.

Osaka Hai
Grade 1 race
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Suave Richard after winning the 2018 Osaka Hai
LocationHanshin Racecourse, Takarazuka, Hyogo
Inaugurated1957
Race typeThoroughbred Flat racing
Race information
Distance2000 metres
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
Qualification4-y-o +
Weight57kg. Fillies & mares allowed 2kg.
Purse¥120,000,000 (winner)

It was first run in 1957 over 1800 metres. The distance was increased to 1900 metres in 1966 before the race was run over its current distance for the first time in 1972.

Among the winners of the race have been Katsuragi Ace, Tokai Teio, Mejiro McQueen, Air Groove, Neo Universe, Meisho Samson, Daiwa Scarlet, Orfevre and Kizuna.

The Ōsaka Hai was promoted from Grade 2 status (as it has been since 1984) to Grade 1 in 2017.[1] Prior to 2017, the race was known as the Sankei Ōsaka Hai and served as a trial race for the spring edition of the Tenno Sho.[2] From 2017 the winner will have a guaranteed and complimentary entry to that season's Irish Champion Stakes.[3]

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1:57.8 Hiruno d'Amour 2011

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Sunrise Pegasus – 2002, 2005

Winners since 1992Edit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Time
1992 Tokai Teio 4 Yukio Okabe Shoichi Matsumoto 2:06.3
1993 Mejiro McQueen 6 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee 2:03.3
1994 Nehai Caesar 4 Katsumi Shiomura Tadashi Fuse 2:01.2
1995 Inter My Way 5 Mikio Matsunaga Hitoshi Nakamura 1:59.3
1996 Taiki Blizzard 5 Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa 2:00.7
1997 Marvelous Sunday 5 Yutaka Take Makoto Osawa 2:02.0
1998 Air Groove 5 Yutaka Take Yuji Ito 2:01.3
1999 Silent Hunter 6 Yutaka Yoshida Yokichi Okubo 1:59.9
2000 Meisho Odo 5 Yuji Iida Ahihiro Iida 2:00.8
2001 Toho Dream 4 Katsumi Ando Yoshiyasu Tajima 1:58.4
2002 Sunrise Pegasus 4 Katsumi Ando Sei Ishizaka 1:59.1
2003 Tagano My Bach 4 Katsumi Ando Hiroyoshi Matsuda 1:59.1
2004 Neo Universe 4 Mirco Demuro Tsutomo Setoguchi 1:59.6
2005 Sunrise Pegasus 7 Hideaki Miyuki Sei Ishizaka 1:59.0
2006 Company 5 Yuichi Fukunaga Hidetaki Otonashi 2:04.5
2007 Meisho Samson 4 Mamoru Ishibashi Shigetada Takahashi 2:01.4
2008 Daiwa Scarlet 4 Katsumi Ando Kunihide Matsuda 1:58.7
2009 Dream Journey 5 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee 1:59.7
2010 T M Encore 6 Suguru Hamanaka Masami Shibata 1:59.5
2011 Hiruno d'Amour 4 Shinji Fujita Mitsugu Kon 1:57.8
2012 Shonan Mighty 4 Suguru Hamanaka Tomoyuki Umeda 2:05.5
2013 Orfevre 5 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee 1:59.0
2014 Kizuna 4 Yutaka Take Shozo Sasaki 2:00.3
2015 Lachesis 5 Christophe Lemaire Katsuhiko Sumii 2:02.9
2016 Ambitious 4 Norihiro Yokoyama Hidetaka Otonashi 1:59.3
2017 Kitasan Black 5 Yutaka Take Hisashi Shimizu 1:58.9
2018 Suave Richard 4 Mirco Demuro Yasushi Shono 1:58.2
2019 Al Ain 5 Yuichi Kitamura Yasutoshi Ikee 2:01.0

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1957 – Homare Ichi
  • 1958 – Katsura Homare
  • 1959 – Kiyo Sugata
  • 1960 – Wildeal
  • 1961 – Kodame
  • 1962 – Sugihime
  • 1963 – Ryu Z
  • 1964 – Tetsuno O
  • 1965 – Young Hero
  • 1966 – Ballymoss Nisei
  • 1967 – Ryu Pharos
  • 1968 – Yama Pit
  • 1969 – Date Horai
  • 1970 – Shunsaku O
  • 1971 – Tokino Shin O
  • 1972 – Kei Takashi
  • 1973 – Takuma O
  • 1974 – Nihon Pillow Moutiers
  • 1975 – Sky Leader
  • 1976 – Long Hawk
  • 1977 – Gold Eagle
  • 1978 – King Lanark
  • 1979 – Metro Jumbo
  • 1980 – Hashi Kranz
  • 1981 – Sancy Doll
  • 1982 – Sanei Tholon
  • 1983 – Hikari Duel
  • 1984 – Katsuragi Ace
  • 1985 – State Jaguar
  • 1986 – Sakura Yutaka O
  • 1987 – Nishino Raiden
  • 1988 – Fresh Voice
  • 1989 – Yaeno Muteki
  • 1990 – Super Creek
  • 1991 – White Stone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017年度開催日割および重賞競走について" (in Japanese). Japan Racing Association. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Sankei Osaka Hai (G2)". japanracing.jp.
  3. ^ Sheerin, Brian. "Osaka Hai becomes first qualifier for Irish Champion Stakes". Racing Post. Retrieved 7 March 2017.