Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015: Japan’s Tosen Stardom thrives under the radar   Leave a comment

Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015: Japan’s Tosen Stardom thrives under the radar

Tosen Stardom, right, should not be underestimated in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, accordi

Tosen Stardom, right, should not be underestimated in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, according to jockey Tommy Berry. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

ATTENTION punters — expect Tosen Stardom to improve sharply in Saturday’s Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

Amid the dramas surrounding To The World and his jockey, Tosen Stardom has escaped the media attention this week as both Japanese raiders prepare for their ultimate goal this autumn.

Tosen Stardom had his first Australian start in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 21 and finished second to Queen Elizabeth Stakes favourite Contributer.

Tommy Berry rode him that day and dismounted saying: “He’ll improve a lot from that”. A few mounting yard specialists also suggested the son of Deep Impact was there for a blow out on Ranvet day.

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“He’s definitely improved and I really like the setup he’s had going into this race,” Berry said. “A 2000m run with three weeks break looks perfect for him and he’s only got 1-1/4 lengths to make up on Contributer.”

Tommy Berry is adamant Tosen Stardom has improved since the Ranvet.

Tommy Berry is adamant Tosen Stardom has improved since the Ranvet. Source: News Corp Australia

Contributer has been the form horse of the autumn. He’s the only horse to win two Group 1 races this autumn and has never looked like getting beaten in three runs.
“Going into these big races you look for the right form, the horses that have performed well in good races against the best horses,” Berry said.

“Contributer is the benchmark, he’s the form horse of the weight-for-age ranks this autumn and my bloke wasn’t far off him when conceding fitness. I know we’re improving and I guess we’re all wondering how much Contributer has in the tank.”

Berry rode Carlton House in last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The pair finished third behind It’s A Dundeel but the jockey says Tosen Stardom has the motor to go two better this year.

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“He gave me a lovely feel in the Ranvet. The pace was a lot slower than what he’s used to but he still relaxed fairly well,” he said. “I think he’ll shine with a faster pace, these Japanese horses can travel at a very good speed for a very long time.

“That’s what makes them so deadly in these longer races — they can travel at a speed that’s just a little bit faster than our horses and that means we’re working a bit harder to make the pace.”

Tosen Stardom has won four of his nine starts and is one from three over 2000m. Unlike most of his Japanese counterparts, the four-year-old is adept in soft conditions having won both his wet runs.

$4 million QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (2000m)

Randwick, Saturday 4.35pm

1. CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 13 59kg

2. CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 4 59kg

3. HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 9 59kg

4. RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Kerrin McEvoy 3 59kg

5. FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 7 59kg

6. BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 59kg

7. SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 6 59kg

8. AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 2 59kg

9. ADELAIDE (IRE) Chris Waller Ryan Moore 12 58.5kg

10. TO THE WORLD (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee Zac Purton 5 58.5kg

11. TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee Tommy Berry 11 58.5kg

12. ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Joao Moreira 10 57kg

13. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 8 57kg

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Originally published as Stardom thrives under the radar

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Posted April 10, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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