Japonisme chases family win in the Bob Ingham Handicap   Leave a comment

Japonisme chases family win in the Bob Ingham Handicap

July 17, 2015 – 6:55PM

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas were at the forefront of French art in the mid to late 1800s and loved getting to races at Longchamp. The masters were also into a movement called Japonisme, which has inspired the name of a horse more than 100 years later.

Japonisme started when Japanese art began to be available in Europe as trade lines were opened and the Japanese bridge in Monet’s garden at Giverny is another example of the influence.

The racing links gave John Ingham the idea for the name of a Choisir gelding out of Haiku, and it fits well.

“We like to come up with names that have a meaning and the breeding of this horse led me to this [Japonisme],” Ingham said. “Google is a wonderful thing.

“Choisir is French for choose and Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, so it sticks with the arts.

“Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec were part of the movement and they had some racing in their blood.”

The two-year-old will hold even more special significance when he steps out in the famous cerise colours in the Bob Ingham Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday.

For the Ingham racing team to win a race named in honour of the patriarch of the family would be special.

“Nick Moraitis put the day together and we have always sponsored a race. The club came up with the idea of naming it after dad,” Ingham said. “To have a runner in it is exciting for us and we would love to win it but we love winning at any time.

“Dad still loves the races on Saturday and he will be watching from home, so hopefully our colours can be first home in his race.”

Japonisme is not without a chance at Rosehill after returning from a spell a winner at Canterbury earlier in the month. He drove through on the fence to win a maiden on a day when making ground on the inside was near impossible.

“That was a good win and [trainer] Chris [Waller] thinks there are better things in store for him,” Ingham said. “It would be nice if he can run well on Saturday.”

Japonisme had been placed a couple of times in his first preparation but looks to have came back a stronger more mature horse. He will meet a strong two-year-old field including Voilier, Inner Circle and Zoutenant, all of which targeted the major two-year-old races earlier in the season.

The favourite, however,  is the unraced King’s Troop, a son of Redoute’s Choice from the family of Snitzel.

Read more:http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/japonisme-chases-family-win-in-the-bob-ingham-handicap-20150717-giep2d.html#ixzz3gCHzv3yo

Posted July 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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