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Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Grade 1 race
Takamatsunomiya Kinen
高松宮記念
Location Chukyo Racecourse
Race type Thoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/
Race information
Distance 1200 metres
(About 6 furlongs)
Track Turf, Right-handed
Qualification 4-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight 4-y-o & up 57 kg
Purse ¥202,350,000


The Takamatsunomiya Kinen (高松宮記念?) is a Grade 1 flat horse race in Japan for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1,200 metres (approximately 6 furlongs) at Chukyo Racecourse in late March.

The forerunner of this race was the Chukyo Daishoten (中京大賞典?). It was started as the Takamatsunomiya Hai (高松宮杯?) when the victory cup was deigned by Prince Takamatsu in 1971, and was given Domestic Grade 2 status when race grading was introduced to Japan in 1984. It was run over a distance of 2,000 metres. This was shortened to 1,200 metres and elevated to Domestic Grade 1 in 1996, and to its present level in 2006. Horses trained outside Japan have been eligible to run in the race since 2001. It was renamed the Takamatsumiya Kinen in 1998 because Price Takamatsu stopped deigning the victory cup.

Winners since 1996

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1996 Flower Park 4 Seiki Tabara Shouichi Matsumoto Katsumi Yoshida 1:07.4
1997 Shinko King 6 Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa Osamu Yasuda 1:08.0
1998 Shinko Forest 5 Hirofumi Shii Hironori Kurita Osamu Yasuda 1:09.1
1999 Masa Lucky 6 Shinji Fujita Yutaka Masumoto Masataka Marui 1:08.0
2000 King Halo 5 Yoshitomi Shibata Masahiro Sakaguchi Yoshio Asagawa 1:08.6
2001 Trot Star 5 Masayoshi Ebina Eiji Nakano Minoru Takano 1:08.4
2002 Shounan Kamp 4 Shinji Fujita Hiroyoshi Okubo Tetsuo Kunimoto 1:08.4
2003 Believe 5 Katsumi Ando Shigeki Matsumoto Koji Maeda 1:08.1
2004 Sunnung Dale 5 Yuuichi Fukunaga Tsutomu Setoguchi Shigeki Goto 1:07.9
2005 Admire Max 6 Yutaka Take Mitsuru Hashida Toshikazu Kondou 1:32.1
2006 Oreha Matteruze 6 Yoshitomi Shibata Hidetaka Otonashi Yuuichi Odagiri 1:08.0
2007 Suzuka Phoenix 5 Yutaka Take Mitsuru Hashida Keiji Nagai 1:08.9
2008 Fine Grain 5 Hideaki Miyuki Hiroyuki Nagahama Shadai Race Horse 1:08.9
2009 Laurel Guerreiro 5 Shinji Fujita Mitsugu Kon Laurel Racing 1:08.0

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