This year’s Tenno Sho was won by the five-year-old mare Almond Eye for the second straight year.
With this victory, Almond Eye became the eighth G1 winner in a row.
There have been six horses that have won seven JRA (turf race) G1s, including Deep Impact and Kitasan Black, but none of them have won eight.
Almond Eye won the Tenno Sho to win the JRA (turf race) G1 and eight G1 victories in the JRA (turf race).
Christophe Lemaire’s post-race comments.
There’s always a lot of pressure on you when you ride this horse, and I wanted to win a GI and eight races, so I had that pressure too.
He was relaxed before the start and it was quiet in the gate, so I got a good start.
The horse that got away from me in the straights got tired early and it got tighter as we came up the hill. I was afraid of the two horses coming at me from the outside. Even so, he did very well. It was a very good race.
New horses are going to challenge me, but I’m looking forward to another good race.
What’s next for Almond Eye?
It is not yet known which race her will run next.
Hong Kong Cup
It will be one of these, but the trainer and the horse’s owner will discuss the decision.
Almond Eye can run until March, when he turns six years old under club rules, but he will probably be retired before the end of the year.
The next race could be her retirement race.
The next race will be announced within two weeks at the latest.