Red Falx Defends Sprinters Title

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Red Falx | JRA

Red Falx earned himself an automatic berth into the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint with a repeat score in Nakayama's G1 Sprinters S., part of the Global Sprint Challenge, on Sunday. The 5-year-old entire had bested Mikki Isle (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) by a head when winning this last year, after which he faltered to beat just one home in Sha Tin's G1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December. Third in the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen on Mar. 26, Red Falx bounced back with a win upped to seven furlongs in the G2 Keio Hai Spring Cup on May 13, and was beaten just a half-length when third in the one mile G1 Yasuda Kinen on June 4. Making his autumn debut here while dropping back down in trip, Red Falx traveled midpack amongst rivals down the backstretch and came with a sustained rally down the middle of the track in the stretch to nip the 2015 G1 Oka Sho winner Let's Go Donki by a nose on the wire. Winning rider Mirco Demuro said, “I know this horse really well and seeing his movement in his gallop before this race, I was confident that we were

well equipped to win it a second time. Starting from stall eight was an icing on the cake–the draw last year was further out and we still won–and added to my confidence. The trainer and stable staff really conditioned him to his best and he was relaxed in the post parade and felt really good. His break was fine but he's a little slow in getting into the flow, so he was a little further behind between the first and second corner. But I felt a great amount of power under me throughout and I knew that if we entered the straight smoothly, we would definitely make it. Just as I'd hoped, he changed legs and gave his usual strong finish to the end.”

Sunday, Nakayama, Japan
SPRINTERS S.-G1, ¥191,660,000, Nakayama, 10-1, 3yo/up, 1200mT, 1:07.60, fm.
1-RED FALX (JPN), 126, h, 6, by Swept Overboard
1st Dam: Vermouth (Jpn), by Sunday Silence
2nd Dam: Legacy of Strength, by Affirmed
3rd Dam: Katonka, by Minnesota Mac
O-Tokyo Horse Racing; B-Shadai Farm; T-Tomohito Ozeki;
J-Mirco Demuro; ¥101,402,000. Lifetime Record: 23-10-2-3.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*.
2–Let's Go Donki (Jpn), 121, m, 5, King Kamehameha (Jpn)–
Marutoku (Jpn), by Marvelous Sunday (Jpn). O-Toshihiro
Hirosaki HD Inc; B-Shimizu Bokujo ; ¥39,972,000.
3–Once in a Moon (Jpn), 121, f, 4, Admire Moon (Jpn)–Two
Days Notice (Jpn), by Hector Protector. O-Itohan Holdings;
B-Okada Stud; ¥25,486,000.
Margins: NK, HF, NK. Odds: 2.20, 9.80, 15.00.
Also Ran: Snow Dragon (Jpn), Blizzard (Aus), Big Arthur (Jpn), Melagrana (Aus), Dance Director (Jpn), Fiducia, Shuji (Jpn), Seiun Kosei (Jpn), Fine Needle (Jpn), Rhein Meteor (Jpn), Monde Can Know (Jpn), Diana Halo (Jpn), Nero (Jpn).
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