Four meetings install for NAR racing in Japan on Wednesday with action taking place at Kasamatsu, Kochi, Sonoda and Urawa. The 1500m Conditions event at Urawa highlights the day's racing with a field of promising three-year-old colts going head-to-head. The form's been done and we've landed on a best play for the four respective cards.
Kasamatsu Race 2 - #5 Win Makana
Keen on the Hiroshi Sasano-trained Win Makana to notch up her second career success. From an in-form stable and reuniting with regular rider Tatsuya Watanabe, the four-year-old filly has been thereabouts in her four runs back this prep, placing in three of four starts. The returning Cosmo Sunshine and Sukura Top Vip look to be her immediate threats but judging off Win Makana's recent efforts she should be able to handle them if she holds her form.
Kochi Race 2 - #9 Gensho
Was really impressed with the return of Gensho last start here when scoring dominantly in an all the way win. High striking hoop H Yoshihara sticks off that victory and boasts an impressive 36% winning strike rate from his last 50 starts. Expect him to burn across from the outside draw to settle ahead of his dangers Star Phoenix and Navigator and should be too tough to reel in.
Sonoda Race 11 - #3 Bellagio Bocchini
In what looks to be a competitive contest between Bellagio Bocchini and World Tachyon, we have landed on the former. The Kazuya Sakamoto-trained four-year-old has found the frame in both runs back this preparation and was unlucky not to score at the latest when beaten under a length over the track and trip. The skilful entire shoulders a handy record over this course and distance and should be able to land an ideal stalking position from barrier three. Expect him to be very hard to beat.
Urawa Race 6 - #10 Ryuno Ardern
While last start winner Speightsac does admittedly look hard to beat it will attract a majority of the market's attention and therefore Ryuno Ardern might sneak under the radar. The five-year-old mare has been racing in good touch of late despite not having the results to back her performances. Likely to settle back from the wide alley where she will appreciate the anticipated strong tempo and be saved for the final shot at them. Will be charging late.