Sunday, November 29, 2015

Japan Cup 2015

The 575,000,000 Yen ($5M) Japan Cup 2015 is in the books. It was the filly Shonan Pandora nosing out Last Impact with favorite Lovely Day third. All three were Japanese bred and all three were descendants of Northern Dancer.

1) Shonan Pandora - great great great granddaughter x3 through Vice Regent/Northern Taste/Lyphard
2) Last Impact - great grandson x2 through daughter Pacificus and Lyphard
3) Lovely Day - great great great grandson x5 through Nuryev/Nijinsky/Try My Best/Green Desert

image from Japan Racing Association

video of race - click replay on right bottom of screen

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Melbourne Cup 2015

History was made today at Flemington in Australia as longshot Prince of Penzance (NZ) won the $3.6M Melbourne Cup ridden by Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Classic. French bred Max Dynamite was second and Criterion (NZ) was third. All three were descendants of Northern Dancer.

1) Prince of Penzance (NZ) - great grandson x2 through Be My Guest/Nijinsky
2) Max Dynamite (FR) - great great great grandson through Nuryev
3) Criterion (NZ) - great great great grandson through Danzig/Northern Sea(mare)/Fanfreluche(mare)

images from getty/theage/theherald

video of race with call from Greg Miles