The BMW 2015: Japanese star To The World to race away with coveted Group 1   Leave a comment

The BMW 2015: Japanese star To The World to race away with coveted Group 1

Japanese raider To The World will make his Sydney debut in The BMW at Rosehill Gardens on

Japanese raider To The World will make his Sydney debut in The BMW at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

THE Japanese won a Group 1 race and had a second placegetter in another on Golden Slipper Day — but we haven’t seen anything yet.

To The World, rated the best of the Japanese raiders here for The Championships, makes his Sydney debut in the Group 1 $1.5 million The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Japanese have already made their presence felt in Sydney this autumn when Real Impact won the George Ryder Stakes and Tosen Stardom finished second to Contributer in the Ranvet Stakes on Saturday.

This comes on top of the ill-fated Admire Rakti’s win in the Caulfield Cup last spring. But To The World is rated a vastly superior galloper to that trio back in Japan.

This is the same horse that pushed the mighty mare Gentildonna to three-quarters of a length in the Group 1 Arima Kinen in Japan last December, a race that included 10 individual Group 1 winners and was the highest-rating race anywhere in the world last year.

“To The World is the best Japanese horse to come to Australia,’’ form guru Gary Crispe said.

“He has a Timeform rating of 128 and we have not had a horse with a figure that high over 2400m race in this country since So You Think and he was world class.

“To The World was the best three-year-old in Japan last year, so it is a major coup to get him here for the Sydney autumn carnival and The Championships.

Japan's Real Impact walks back to his stall after a workout. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Japan’s Real Impact walks back to his stall after a workout. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

“If he has settled in well at Canterbury and runs up to his best in The BMW, he will be dominant.’’

To The World may need to be at his top because he will face formidable opposition in The BMW.

The nation’s premier 2400m weight-for-age race has attracted a bumper 21 entries, including 13 individual Group 1 winners.

Real Impact wins George Ryder Stakes

Real Impact wins George Ryder Stakes

The BMW entries include the first three placegetters in the Melbourne Cup last year, Protectionist, Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman, the last two winners of this race, Five­andahalfstar (2013) and Silent Achiever (2014), Epsom Handicap winner He’s Your Man and Caulfield Cup runner-up Rising Romance.

Godolphin’s boom import Hartnell is not yet a Group 1 winner but he is likely to line up as favourite in The BMW after outstanding efforts at his only two Australian starts, a second to Contributer in the Chipping Norton Stakes before an impressive Sky High Stakes success.

TAB Fixed Odds spokesman Matt Jenkins indicated that despite To The World’s huge reputation it is likely Hartnell will be installed as favourite for The BMW when fields are declared tomorrow.

“There won’t be much in it but we feel Hartnell will be favourite just ahead of To The World,’’ Jenkins said. “This is mainly because Hartnell is up and running, and he ran second to Contributer in a Group 1 race, and Contributer is flying.’’

Global star To The World trains at Canterbury Park. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Global star To The World trains at Canterbury Park. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Who has it in them to be a World beater?

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Posted March 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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