|Name / Japanese||Sakura Candle / サクラキャンドル|
|Races-Wins / G1-Wins||18-5 / 1-1|
|Sire||Sakura Yutaka O|
|Dam (Sire)||Sakura Clare (Northern Taste)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba|
All grade races
|Jiji Tsushin Hai Queen Stakes (G3)||16||1|
|Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ Cup (G1)||7||1||◆|
|Sankei Sports Hai Hashin Himba Tokubetsu (G2)||11||11||G|
|Nakayama Himba Stakes (G3)||15||9|
|Niigata Kinen (G3)||3||2|
|Fuchu Himba Stakes (G3)||1||1|
- In the Queen Stakes, she was 8th favorite.
She won her first grade race.
- Before the Tenno Sho (autumn), her main jockey, Futoshi Kojima, announced that he would retire the following year and turn into a trainer.
Sakura corps, known by the horse name “Sakura,” were trying to make a splash for the retirement of their main jockey, Futoshi Kojima.
They struggled to get siblings Sakura Chitose O and Sakura Candle to win a G1 race.
(Sakura Laurel was injured and had to take a rest at this time.)
And in the Tenno Sho (autumn), Sakura Candle’s brother Sakura Chitose O won.
- In the Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ Cup, two weeks after Tenno Sho (autumn), she was 10th favorite.
Dance Partner chose the colt classic race, Kikuka Sho, instead of this race, and was absent.
Sakura Candle ran in a good position and broke away to finish in 1st place.
It was her first G1 win.
And it was Futoshi Kojima’s last G1 win.
This is also the third time that a brother has won the Tenno Sho (autumn) and a sister has won the Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ Cup in the same year.
(The precedents are the 1987 Nippo Teio and Talented Girl and the 1988 Tamamo Cross and Miyama Poppy.)
- She graced the last years of Futoshi Kojima’s career, then won the Fuchu Himba Stakes and retired due to injury.