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Japanese dream seems to be true this time



Japan has a record 11 entries for this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly but it appears only MAKAHIKI will make it to Chantilly for Europe’s greatest race.


Many of the entries have reconsidered their plans based on how their training has progressed, so now it appears that only Japan Derby winner MAKAHIKI horseform will challenge for the prize in 02-October.


MAKAHIKI will be the first colt since KIZUNA in 2013 to challenge for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same year of his win in the Japan Derby (Tokyo Yushun) over 2400mt.


After winning the Gr.2 Yayoi Sho (2000mt) for his third straight victory, the DEEP IMPACT colt took second in the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Gr.1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) over 2000mt when beaten by DEE MAJESTY.


In the Tokyo Yushun, MAKAHIKI saved ground along the rails before demonstrating a terrific turn of speed through a narrow opening to out-duel SATONO DIAMOND for a nose victory.


Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi expects his colt to be suited at Chantilly.


The Japanese horses may have a better chance this year because of Chantilly’s type of course.


MAKAHIKI is not just a speedster but also a powerful colt, so I am confident that he has the stamina required to handle the deep European style surface.


He is also a calm horse, which is an advantage when having to travel


Tomomichi has booked Christophe Lemaire to partner his colt in France. Lemaire rode the colt twice earlier in his career.


They also collaborate in MAKAHIKI's overseas debut in the Gr.2 Prix Niel (2400mt) as his prep race for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.


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