Shuka Sho woe for Sodashi as ‘idol horse’ is beaten and bloodied

Horse Racing Sodashi beaten in Shuka Sho
Sodashi: unable to repeat Oka Sho heroics in Shuka Sho at Hanshin. Photo Japan Racing Association

By Jon Lees

Japan: All-white ‘idol horse’ Sodashi smashed her mouth on the gate and injured her gums as she finished down the field in the Shuka Sho, final leg of the fillies’ triple crown, which was won by Akaitorino Musume.

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The fan favourite also returned with some bleeding in her mouth and was later reported to have wobbly, but not broken, teeth by her trainer Naosuke Sugai as he offered an explanation for a hugely disappointing showing in the G1 Shuka Sho at Hanshin.

Sent off the 9-10 favourite the winner of the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) in April turned into the finishing straight holding second place but fell back through the field to finish tenth.

Sodashi’s every move was captured by a dedicated video feed for the duration of the Shuka Sho, which has already been viewed more than 200,000 times.

Her jockey Hayato Yoshida said: “I’m sorry I couldn’t live up to the expectations of the fans. It was a comfortable pace, but I didn’t get the usual feeling today.”

Akaitorino Musume, winning her first G1, is a daughter of Deep Impact out of 2010 Triple Tiara winner Apapane. She had previously finished fourth in the Oka Sho and second in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) in May. 

For trainer Sakae Kunieda, the win marked his 20th JRA-G1 triumph following his win in last year’s Japan Cup with Almond Eye, and his third Shuka Sho victory following his wins with Apapane in 2010 and Almond Eye in 2018.

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