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Seoul's Saturday meeting preview

Seoul's Saturday meeting preview - Class 2 (1200M) Handicap / KRW 90 Million Mr Champion was a class and distance winner in July and while he could only manage 4th when second-favourite last time, he can return to winning ways

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Busan's Friday meeting preview

Busan's Friday meeting preview - the 11 race broadcast commences at 12.30am AEST on Sky Racing1 and from 1.50pm AEST on Sky Racing2

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Legendary jockey Yutaka Take first rider to partner 4,000 JRA winners

Yutaka Take on Saturday became the first rider to reach 4,000 winners on the JRA circuit, further enhancing his position as Japan’s greatest-ever jockey.

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Race favorite Fine Needle proves himself best sprinter in Sprinters Stakes

Takamatsunomiya Kinen champion Fine Needle captured this year’s Sprinters Stakes to become the fifth horse in history to claim both JRA-G1 sprint races in the same year—the first since Lord Kanaloa in 2013

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Seoul's Sunday meeting preview

Seoul's Sunday meeting preview - the 11 race broadcast commences at 11.45am AEST on Sky Racing1 and from 12.10 on Sky Racing2 - Class 1 (2300M) Handicap / KRW 150 Million - this is the furthest distance currently in use at Seoul and is the distance for the season-ending Grand Prix Stakes in December

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Sprinters Stakes (G1) - Comments from Japanese runners' connections

The much anticipated return of Grade 1 action in Japan happens on Sunday, Sep. 30, when the Sprinters Stakes kicks off the second half of the year’s top level horseracing

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Nakayama trackwork - Friday

Lucky Bubbles (AUS) - “I’m happy with the horse’s form, he looks okay. I was told that on the first day of training here, they worked left-handed because he looked around, but Brett (Prebble) told me that he moved fine right-handed on the grass yesterday. I just let him work left-handed this morning to keep him happy."

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Seoul's Saturday meeting preview

Seoul's Saturday meeting preview - Class 2 (1200,) Handicap / KRW 90 Million - Munhak Princess made all to run out a four-length winner at this distance on August 25th. The Wilburn filly is up in class here but looks a good prospect and she could well win again

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Moreira receives short-term JRA Jockey’s License

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced that a short-term riding jockey’s license has been issued to Joao Moreira from September 29th through to October 28th, 2018.

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Nakayama trackwork - Thursday

Lucky Bubbles (AUS,)- (right-handed) jogged to 1st corner, cantered and galloped last 600m on turf course (exercised from 7:47 AM to 7:55 AM, ridden by Brett Prebble) - “His work this morning was nice. He’s a bit lost and lonely since he’s on his own but I worked him up from the 600 (meter marker) and it was quite nice work."

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Busan's Friday meeting preview

Busan's Friday meeting preview - the 11 race broadcast commences at 12.30pm AEST on Sky Racing2

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Nakayama trackwork - Wednesday

Lucky Bubbles (AUS) - “He moved better this morning than yesterday. I see improvement in him and he’s getting used to the new atmosphere, getting better day by day.

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Sprinters Stakes (G1) - Preview

The much anticipated return of Grade 1 action in Japan happens on Sunday, Sep. 30, when the Sprinters Stakes kicks off the second half of the year’s top level horseracing - the 52nd running of the race will be at Nakayama Racecourse - leading Japanese contenders

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Nakayama trackwork - Tuesday

Lucky Bubbles - “Today was his first work out at Nakayama so he was tense in the beginning, looking around and stopping at the turn, but he felt well moving left-handed so there is nothing wrong with his fitness and he is eager to work so I’m not worried." - assistant trainer, Lok Man Larry Lui

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Nakayama trackwork - Monday

Lucky Bubbles (AUS,) - “After arriving here at Nakayama, he was a bit excited but that’s normal for him. He’s always like that after he’s transported, but he will get used to the new atmosphere. At first, he wasn’t eating that well, but his appetite is getting better day by day. He weighed 487kg this morning and we’re happy with that."

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Debt Collector (NZ) superb in Raffles Cup

Karaka graduate Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) reaffirmed his place among Singapore’s very best with a come-from-nowhere win in Sunday’s S$1 million Raffles Cup (1600m) at Kranji.

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Rey De Oro lays down marker for Tenno Sho with impressive comeback victory

The 2017 Japanese Derby winner Rey De Oro (Kazuo Fujisawa/Christophe Lemaire) made a winning return to action when running down Satsuki Sho winner Al Ain to land this trial for the Grade 1 Tenno Sho Autumn by a neck.

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Seouri Byeol stuns Special Stone in Governor's Cup at Seoul

Just when it seemed as though Special Stone was set fair to claim the title of Champion three-year-old filly of 2018 by backing up her Korean Oaks win in the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday afternoon, up popped 10/1 chance Seouri Byeol from the rear of the field to deny her in emphatic fashion

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Seoul's Sunday meeting preview

Seoul's Sunday meeting preview - the 11 race broadcast commences at 12.02pm AEST on Sky Racing2, from 12.10pm AEST on Sky Racing1 and from 12.35pm AEST on Sky Racing2

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Oaks winner Special Stone heads Gyeonggi Governor's Cup line-up

Special Stone made a mockery of the 22/1 odds she was sent off as when she romped home in the Korean Oaks at Busan in July and she’ll be much shorter than that as she bids to confirm her status as the year’s top three-year-old filly in the Gyeonggi Governor’s Cup (KOR G3) over 1800m at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday

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