Champion filly Almond Eye, who just completed the Japanese fillies' Triple Crown, finally confirmed her status as one of the best horses in the racing world with a huge in this week’s Group 1 Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan.
The victory will give Almond Eye the chance to face the champion racehorse Enable in the upcoming racing event Prix l’Arc de Triomphe. The Japanese Thoroughbred became only the second three-year-old filly to win the Japan Cup, after claiming his Triple Crown glory with stunning wins in Shuka Sho, Oka Sho, and the action-packed Yushun Himba race.
Almond Eye struggled in the early stage of the race but managed to travel comfortably throughout the race. She took the lead from race leader Kiseki inside the final furlong. Ridden by jockey Christophe Lemaire, the Japanese thoroughbred has managed to finish the race in an impressive time of 2 minutes and 20.6 seconds.
Archrival Kiseki finished runner-up, while second favorite Suave Richard took the third place. Suave Richard was followed by Cheval Grand.
About the Japanese Thoroughbred Almond Eye
Foaled on March 10, 2015, Almond Eye is a Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse that has completed the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown. Almond Eye was bred in Japan by Northern Racing and owned by Silk Racing.
Almond Eye came from the family of racing champions. She was the descendant of the influential American Best In Show and also came from the first crop of foals sired by the legendary sprinter-miler Lord Kanaloa.
Almond Eye made the first big race at Niigata Racecourse on August 6, 2017. She finished second in that race, next to Nishino Urara. Two months later, Almond Eye recorded her first victory at Tokyo Racehorse.
Last April, the Japanese Thoroughbred champion won Japan’s Oka-sho at Hanshin Racecourse. Then, she took the Japanese Oaks along with the Shuka-sho and become the fifth horse in the racing history to complete the Triple Crown glory.