Harbinger Sires First Group 1 Winner at Kyoto


Deirdre | Horsephotos

The G1 Shuka Sho, the third leg of the Japanese Triple Tiara, went the way of 5-1 third choice Deirdre who was claiming her first Group 1 win at Kyoto Sunday. The daughter of English highweight and G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. hero Harbinger rallied late to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Lys Gracieux, with Mozu Katchan a nose back in third.

Fourth last through the early going, Deirdre began picking off horses shortly after the leaders covered the first 1000 metres in :59.10. Making in roads up the fence turning into the straight, Christophe Lemaire steered Deirdre back to the four path and she closed in determined fashion with 200 metres to travel and kicked away to victory. Lys Gracieux let down well and mirrored the winner's course, but couldn't quite deliver late.

“I think the filly was in top condition today–she was on her toes in the post parade which just shows how keen she

was to go out there and run–and I was quite confident going into this race,” commented Lemaire. “Her break wasn't good and we had to race further back than we had hoped, but the pace was fast which worked for us and she gave a terrific run in the stretch.

A ¥21,000,000 yearling purchase out of the JRA July Sale in 2015, Deirdre was off the mark at third asking at Niigata exactly one year ago Sunday. Deirdre failed to win in three more juvenile appearances, but did place third in the G3 KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy S. in November. Runner-up in the Listed Anemone S. second out in February, the Northern Farm-bred was only sixth in the G1 Japanese 1000 Guineas in April, but returned to the winner's circle in the Yaguruma Sho going 1800m at Kyoto May 7. Fourth in the G1 Japanese Oaks May 21, Deirdre was given some time off and resumed with a victory in the HTB Sho Aug. 13. She added the G3 Shion S. at Nakayama in short order most recently Sept. 9.

Pedigree Notes…

The first Group 1 winner for Shadai Stallion Station's Harbinger (GB) (Dansili {GB}), Deirdre follows the placed Bezaubern (Jpn) (Tanino Gimlet {Jpn}) and the Japanese SP Odysseus (Jpn) (Falbrav {Ire}) as the placed Reizend (Jpn) (Special Week {Jpn})'s third foal. Reizend is a half-sister to Japanese G3 Elm S. winner Renforcer (Jpn) (Symboli Kris S), Japanese MGSW Northern River (Jpn) (Agnes Tachyon {Jpn}), and Japanese  SW Not Alone (Jpn) (Agnes Tachyon {Jpn}). Third dam was French champion sophomore filly Sonic Lady (Nureyev), who scored top-flight victories in Ireland, France and England. Reizend has a 2-year-old filly by Symboli Kris S.


Sunday, Kyoto, Japan
SHUKA SHO-G1, ¥180,660,000 (US$1,615,566/£1,216,027/€1,366,642), Kyoto, 10-15, 3yo, f, 2000mT, 2:00.20, sf.
1–DEIRDRE (JPN), 121, f, 3, by Harbinger (GB)
                1st Dam: Reizend (Jpn), by Special Week (Jpn)
                2nd Dam: Soninke (GB), by Machiavellian
                3rd Dam: Sonic Lady, by Nureyev
FIRST GROUP 1 WIN. (¥21,000,000 yrl '15 JHRAJUL). O-Toji
Morita; B-Northern Farm (Jpn); T-Mitsuru Hashida; J-Christophe
Lemaire; ¥95,822,000. Lifetime Record: 14-5-3-2. *1/2 to
Odysseus (Jpn) (Falbrav {Ire}), SP-Jpn, $519,918. Werk Nick
   Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Lys Gracieux (Jpn), 121, f, 3, Heart's Cry (Jpn)–Liliside (Fr), by
American Post (GB). O-Carrot Farm; B-Northern Farm;
3–Mozu Katchan (Jpn), 121, f, 3, by Harbinger (GB)–Site Dealer
(Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn). O-Capital System; B-Meguro
Farm; ¥23,546,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, NO, 3; Odds: 5.30, 6.00, 7.60.
Also Ran: Rabbit Run, Kawakita Enka (Jpn), Black Onyx (Jpn), Aerolithe (Jpn), Mirissa (Jpn), Port Vendres (Jpn), Lycabettos (Jpn), Vous Etes Jolie (Jpn), Black's Beach (Jpn), Fan Dii Na (Jpn), Reine Minoru (Jpn), Hello Unicorn (Jpn), Meisho Owara (Jpn), Tagano Verona (Jpn), Caribbean Gold (Jpn).
Click for the Racing Post chart, or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. JRA Video.

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