続・中山グランドジャンプ2013~Blackstairmountainに謝罪の巻~

 そんなわけで,2013年4月13日,中山競馬場にて行われた中山グランドジャンプにおいて,見事アイルランド調教馬のブラックステアマウンテンが勝利いたしました。戦前,「是非5着ぐらいに」などとなめたことを書いていたNPは,クロフネとジュウヤクをも切るというすがすがしい外し方をしたので満足です。買ってた馬の中で一番目だったのはゴールデンガッツだな。
 ここはゴールデンガッツの活躍と,ゴールデンガッツを待避させた職員さん達を讃える場所じゃないのでこれ以上触れませんが,大事にならなくてよかったー。これでもし事故になってたら海外(少なくともアイルランド)から二度と遠征してこないだろうしね。

着順 枠番 馬番 馬名 性齢 重量 騎手 タイム 着差 人気
1 6 12 ブラックステアマウンテン セ8 63 ウォルシ 04:50.5 8
2 5 9 リキアイクロフネ 牡6 63 金子 04:50.6 1/2 2
3 3 5 シゲルジュウヤク 牡5 63 熊沢 04:50.8 1.1/4 3
4 7 13 タニノハービービー 牡4 62 草野 04:51.3 3 13
5 8 15 セイエイ 牡5 63 高野 04:51.3 クビ 7
6 2 3 バアゼルリバー 牡7 63 小坂 04:51.5 1 1
7 7 14 ハクサン 牡7 63 石神 04:51.7 1.1/2 4
8 1 1 トーセンオーパス セ7 63 江田勇 04:51.9 3/4 10
9 2 4 ワシャモノタリン 牡7 63 中村 04:52.3 2.1/2 6
10 4 7 ウォークラウン 牡7 63 04:52.5 1.1/4 12
11 4 8 ビービースカット 牡6 63 柴田大 04:55.9 11
12 3 6 マイネルネオス 牡10 63 浜野谷 04:56.6 4 14
13 8 16 ナリタシャトル 牡8 63 西谷 04:57.2 3.1/2 5
中止 1 2 カピターノ 牡9 63 平沢 中止 16
5 10 ゴールデンガッツ 牡8 63 植野 中止 9
6 11 メルシーモンサン 牡8 63 黒岩 中止 15

 で,レースはワンセグから見ていて,たまたまレース直後にネットを見られる環境にいたのでRacingPostとIrishRacingを見ていたところ,レーシングポスト紙はレース直後からトップニュースとしてこのレース結果が取り上げられておりました。まあ,時差の関係で直近で起こる大イベントはおそらくこれ以外にないでしょうから,これがトップに来るのはまあ特に凄いことではないのだろうと思います。

 とはいえ。まずはそのRacing Postの記事。

Blackstairmountain lands Grade 1 for top two

Report: Japan, Saturday

Nakayama: Nakayama Grand Jump (Grade 1) 2m5f, turf, 4yo+

TRAINER Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh, who have teamed up to win the Grand National and Champion Hurdle as well as many more top-level prizes, added a Japanese Grade 1 to their cvs when Blackstairmountain landed the Nakayama Grand Jump on Saturday morning.

The eight-year-old, owned by one of Mullins' biggest supporters Rich and Susannah Ricci, had a prep run at Nakayama last month when finishing ninth under Walsh.

That was over 2m1f and the step up to 2m5f for the 124 million yen (£822,000) contest - an idiosyncratic test around a tight figure-of-eight circuit - was a big advantage according to Mullins.

"We learned a lot from the last day," said Mullins, whose former stars Florida Pearl and Alexander Banquet were invited to run in the race ten years ago.

"He jumped better and the extra five furlongs was a huge help. His jumping was a lot slicker and he had a better draw to get a better position. The main thing was he handled the track."

Sent off a 25-1 chance, the winner, who pocketed connections £465,162, had half a length to spare over Rikiai Kurofune with Shigeru Juyaku back in third. Basel River - the 7-5 favourite - was sixth.

Walsh added: "We were a bit worried about coming back after the Pegasus but the [extra] distance and the experience of the track really helped him and he was a much different horse to ride and it's a thrill to win it.

"Blackstairmountain likes the fast ground. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to have that ground back in Ireland in the last two summers, so we came to Japan for the firm ground and he's shown what he can do in this big race."

Blackstairmountain, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles at home, is entered in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at Punchestown on April 23 and while Mullins is keen to get the horse home as soon as possible he was unsure about future plans.

However, Ireland's champion jumps trainer did reveal: "I am thrilled and if the horse's condition is fit to come again next year I would be quite eager to do so."


 続いて,Independent.ieから。速報版と詳細版の2つでています。詳細版の序盤は速報版と一緒。

Mullins lands Japanese prize
Blackstairmountain claimed a famous success for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh in the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan.

The eight-year-old was well beaten on his Tokyo debut when only ninth in the Pegasus Jump, but he stepped up markedly on that form in landing this richly-endowed Grade One contest.

A winner at the highest level at Leopardstown back in December 2011, Blackstairmountain stepped back up in trip to two miles and five furlongs to land first prize in Japan's premier jump race.

Willie Mullins plunders Japan's biggest race

Blackstairmountain claimed a famous success for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh in the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan.

The eight-year-old was well beaten on his Tokyo debut when only ninth in the Pegasus Jump, but he stepped up markedly on that form in landing this richly-endowed Grade One contest.

A winner at the highest level at Leopardstown back in December 2011, Blackstairmountain stepped back up in trip to two miles and five furlongs to land first prize in Japan's premier jump race.

Walsh was happy to sit in mid-division in the early stages of the race, steering a wide course before allowing Blackstairmountain to work his way into contention.

Blackstairmountain moved up to challenge the pace-setting Shigeru Juyaku at the final fence and while his Pegasus Jump conqueror Rikiai Kurofune tried to make up ground late in the day, the Irish raider had flown.

He had half a length to spare at the line, becoming the first European-trained winner of the race. Shigeru Juyaku was a further length and a quarter back in third.

Mullins admitted he has had the Nakayama race in his sights for some time.

He said: "I had the Nakayama Grand Jump in consideration back around 10 years ago. I had two good jumpers, Florida Pearl and Alexander Banquet-big winners back home-that were invited.

"But when I came out to check out on the conditions here, I decided it wouldn't suit both horses and withdrew the entry.

"I thought it would suit what we call a "summer horse" and it took me a few years to find a horse good enough.

"I had my doubts after Blackstairmountain's performance in the Pegasus but Ruby Walsh, the jockey, was more positive and Emmet and Diarmuid have done a tremendous job in conditioning the gelding for this race.

"I am thrilled and if the horse's condition is fit to come again next time, I would be quite eager to do so."

Walsh felt both the step up in trip and his previous experience of the track had helped Blackstairmountain.

"We were a bit worried about coming back after the Pegasus but the (extra) distance and the experience of the track really helped him and he was a much different horse to ride and it's a thrill to win it," he said.

"After the last fence and coming into the lane when there was a (loose) horse on our outside and the others started to panic, but I was able to position him where I wanted.

"Blackstairmountain likes the fast ground. Unfortunately we haven't been able to have that ground back in Ireland in the last two summers, so we came to Japan for the firm ground and he's shown what he can do in this big race."


 面倒なのでコピペ優先で特に読んでなかったのですが,今読むと,どうもマリンズ調教師は10年前からこのレースに目をつけており,Florida PearlとAlexander Banquetの2頭の招待も得られていたようですが,合わないと考えて遠征しなかったようです。ここに書かれている"summer horse"というのがどういうたぐいの馬なのか,アイルランド事情に疎すぎてよく分かりませんが,とにかくMullins氏は中山GJに合うのはいわゆるひとつのサマーホースであると考え,適する馬を見つけるのに数年かかったとのことであります。う~む,凄い話だ。

 IrishRacingの文章はIndependentと同じ。どっちが先に起案してどっちに配信したのかはよく分かりません。

 いずれにしても,Blackstairmountainと関係車の皆様おめでとうございます。まあレースがもうちょっと速ければもうちょっと円高でもうちょっと得出来たんでしょうけれど,残念でした。秋や来年の円相場は不明ですが,是非また日本にきてもらいたいものです。

 それにしても,各紙記者・カメラマンを派遣してないから記事に載ってる写真が中山GJのものじゃないんだよなあ。なんかもったいない。

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