G1 Osaka Hai

Deep Impact Filly Upsets Osaka Hai to Remain Unbeaten

Lei Papale (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), undefeated in five previous appearances, relished the soft going in the 2000-metre G1 Osaka Hai at Hanshin on Sunday, defeating several well-hyped Group 1 winners including 2020 Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). The Carrot Farm colourbearer is just the third horse in JRA history to claim a Group 1 title for older horses unbeaten after Fine Motion (Ire) (Danehill) in 2002 and Chrysoberyl (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) in 2019. Sent off as the fourth choice at 11-1, the bay was...

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Orfevre's Lucky Lilac Lifts Osaka Hai

Second choice on the board at 3-1 after favoured Danon Kingly (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), 2017 Japanese Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Lucky Lilac (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}) claimed her third Group 1 title in Sunday's 2000-metre G1 Osaka Hai at Hanshin. The normally well-attended Japanese meetings have been held behind closed doors for several weeks now due to the coronavirus pandemic. Happy to take a sit in third behind Danon Kingly with Jinambo (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) pushing him in second a half-length back into the first corner, Lucky Lilac was perfectly...

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Ready to 'Blast' Off in Osaka Hai

Group 1 winner Blast Onepiece (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}) will try to improve on a sixth-place finish as the favorite in last season's G1 Osaka Hai and collect his second career Group 1 win at Hanshin Sunday. Victorious in the 2018 G1 Arima Kinen, the 5-year-old added the G2 Sapporo Kinen later in the year before finishing 11th in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Oct. 6. Most recently, he scored in Nakayama's G2 American Jockey Club Cup in January. "He started off the year in the American Jockey Club...

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