[Yasuda Kinen]Katsumi Ando on the popular horse that missed out on the title: “It's typical of him to be soft on the shoulders”… The winning horse: “In his second race in Japan, he could have done better…” | Horse Racing News – netkeiba.com

  • ◆74th Yasuda Kinen G1 (June 2nd, Tokyo, 1600m turf, slightly heavy) This spring mile championship race was contested by 18 horses, including two from Hong Kong, and the favourite, Hong Kong-trained Romantic Warrior (6-year-old gelding, Chap Sin Siam stable, sire Acclamation), ridden by jockey James MacDonald, beat the Japanese horses to claim his eighth G1 victory overall. In response to this race result, former jockey Ando Katsumi, who won the same race twice during his active career with Tsuruma Boy in 2004 and Daiwa Major in 2007, posted an analysis of the race on his X (formerly Twitter). Regarding the winner, Romantic Warrior, he said, “It's no surprise that he was able to run a mile given the width of his body and the spirited riding. The track was also a good match and he was able to easily get into position.” He continued, “

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