Nakayama hosts Sprinters Stakes



Nakayama hosted the 49th Group 1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m), the 8th leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, on Sunday to commence the new Group 1 season in Japan.

The Hideaki Fujiwara trained Straight Girl (JPN) under jockey Keita Tosaki avenged her runner-up effort in the same race last year winning over Sakura Gospel (JPN) and Ukiyono Kaze (JPN). This was the second Group 1 title for the six-year-old Fuji Kieski mare following her victory in the Victoria Mile in May.

Hideaki Fujiwara won his seventh career JRA-G1 title and the second this year following the Victoria Mile with the mare. It was the fifth career JRA-G1 for jockey Keita Tosaki who also partnered the mare in her last G1 win.

Straight Girl was second on the international stage in the Hong Kong Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m at Sha Tin last December.

Hong Kong's runner Rich Tapestry proved he had no problem handling the turf at Nakayama but the inside draw forced him to race further back than his connections had hoped for. Nevertheless, he finished strongly in the last 200 meters to engage in the rally and finished sixth less than two lengths behind the winner.

The next Group 1 on the Japanese calendar is the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (3000m) on turf at Kyoto on October 25th.