29th June 2020 MVRC has eyes on another Japanese mare
Lys Graciuex earned herself a rich bonus for winning the Cox Plate after claiming the Takarazuka Kinen in her homeland and another Japanese mare has given herself the chance to do likewise in 2020.
Chrono Genesis sealed eligibility for a AU$1 million bonus after a dominant win in the 2200-metre Group 1 at Hanshin on Sunday afternoon.
The $4.33 million Takarazuka Kinen forms part of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate Series Boost, details for which were revealed by the Moonee Valley Racing Club early last week.
Chrono Genesis would be a dream addition to the $5 million Cox Plate (2040m), which will be run on Saturday October 24, in light of Lys Gracieux’s heroics last year should connections wish to send the mare to Melbourne.
A four-year-old daughter of Bago who is trained by Takaski Saito, she has now won six of 11 starts and has missed a place just once in seven Group 1 starts.
Sunday’s win was her second at the highest level, to go with victory in last year’s Shuka Sho (2000m).
Despite not being knocked around late by jockey Yuichi Kitamura, Chrono Genesis – the $4.10 second favourite – had six lengths to spare over Kiseki ($14) at the line with longshot Mozu Bello ($106) five lengths further back third.
Saturnalia, the $2.40 favourite, settled just worse than midfield and looked to have plenty to offer turning for home, but only labored over the concluded stages and had to settle fourth placing, almost 13 lengths from the winner.
Damian Lane, who won both the Takarazuka Kinen and Cox Plate aboard Lys Gracieux last year, rode $11 chance Gold Vase who made a brief move rounding the home turn but was beaten early in the straight.
There was a victory of significance earlier in the card for Lane, however, with the star Australian jockey registering his 100th winner since the Australian racing season started on August 1 last year.
Along with the Cox Plate, he also won last year’s Caulfield Cup aboard a Japanese galloper, Mer De Glace.
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