Big Arthur

2021-03-14 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (Turf G1 wins)1, colt,stallion(male), Turf.

Details

Name / Japanese / Hong Kong Big Arthur / ビッグアーサー / 大仁大勇
Birth Year 2011
Sex male
Earnings 299,811,000 yen (only Japan)
Races-Wins / G1-Wins 15-8 / 4-1
Sire Sakura Bakushin O
Dam (Sire) Siyabona (Kingmambo)
Other site link  JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba

All grade-races

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl.
2015
23/08
Kokura
T1200
TV Nishinippon Sho Kitakyushu Kinen (G3) 5 2  G 
2015
29/11
Kyoto
T1200
Keihan Hai (G3) 4 2  G 
2015
26/12
Hanshin
T1400
Hanshin Cup (G2) 1 3 G
2016
31/01
Kyoto
T1200
Silk Road Stakes (G3) 16 5 G
2016
27/03
Chukyo
T1200
Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) 4 1
2016
11/09
Hanshin
T1200
Centaur Stakes (G2) 1 1  G 
2016
02/10
Nakayama
T1200
Sprinters Stakes (G1) 1 12
2016
11/12
Sha Tin
T1200
Hong Kong Sprint (G1) 6 10 G
2017
01/10
Nakayama
T1200
Sprinters Stakes (G1) 10 6
  • Before the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, he had been the 1st favorite in all the grade races but had failed to win.
  • In the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, he was tied for the most favorite with Mikki Isle.
    His jockey was changed to Yuichi Fukunaga from this race.
    Mikki Isle took the lead on the home stretch.
    But Big Arthur passed him and won by 3/4 lengths.
    It was his first G1 win.
  • In the Centaur Stakes, he won by a length.
  • In the Sprinters Stakes (2016), he was by far the most favorite.
    Big Arthur got a good start from the innermost gate.
    His trainer had ordered Fukunaga to race from behind.
    Fukunaga tried to move backward according to the trainer’s order, even though it was a short distance race of 1200 meters.
    Big Arthur wanted to go to the front and fought with Fukunaga.
    As a result, their path was lost and they could do nothing about it, finishing in 12th place.
    ///
    It was a big topic of conversation on the Internet that the most favorite horse by far ran terribly.
    The live commentary, “ビッグアーサー、前が壁!”  became an internet meme that mocked Big Arthur and his jockey Fukunaga.
    ///
    ///”ビッグアーサー、前が壁!”///
    “ビッグアーサー、前が壁!” means “Big Arthur, the front is wall!
    (The expression “front is wall” has long been a common expression in the Japanese horse racing world.
    But in this case, the situation was so funny that the phrase became a meme.)
  • He couldn’t run well after that, so he retired and became a stallion.

As a stallion & Princely Gift Line

  • Princely Gift was beginning to make his power in the world as the successor to Nasrullah.
    Tesco Boy (GB) and Faberge (FR), out of Princely Gift, were successful stallions in Japan.
    The success of these two horses led the Japanese to buy Princely Gift line stallions from all over the world.
    There were more than 20 Princely Gift line stallions brought to Japan.
    As a result, the Princely Gift line has been abandoned in countries other than Japan.
    The Princely Gift line might have survived in Europe if stallions such as Rheingold, who won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and two Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, and Gay Lussac, who won the Italian Derby and became Italy’s leading sire, had remained in Europe.
    ///
    /// Never Say Die line ///
    A similar thing happened with the Never Say Die line, where Never Beat became a successful stallion in Japan.
    More than 15 Never Say Die line stallions were brought to Japan, and the Never Say Die line was lost in the world.
    ///
    These are the reasons why Japan has been called the graveyard of bloodlines.
  • Big Arthur is expected to be a stallion, having sired over 150 horses in his first year.
    He is probably the last hopeful of the Princely Gift line in the world, as the likes of Shonan Kampf and Grand Prix Boss have failed to produce results.
    He has good bloodlines from Kingmambo and Sadler’s Wells, and I hope he can get good results somehow.
    (By the way, he also has Never Say Die blood in him.)
    There are some people in the Japanese horse racing industry who think it would be interesting to have the blood of Princely Gift surviving in Japan back in the US and Europe, and I look forward to seeing that happen.
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