2023 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies: Race History

First of the major juvenile races is the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies run at Hanshin on Sunday.

LIBERTY ISLAND winning the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin in Japan.
LIBERTY ISLAND winning the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Liberty Island has turned into an elite filly so it's a must view the 2023 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1600m) at Hanshin on Sunday?


The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for two year old fillies at Hanshin racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1949.

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies was worth JPY140,200,000 in 2023.

Hanshin racecourse is a right handed course with the start halfway up the back straight.

This is effectively the championship race for the 2yo fillies each year.

Some of those to graduate onto bigger things and do the Juvenile Fillies/Japanese Oaks double include Soul Stirring, Apapane and Buena Vista while Vodka won the Fillies and then would go on to win the Derby instead.

The pure white filly Sodashi just won in 2020 and then resumed to win the Oka Sho in 2021.

Resistencia won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in 2019 in an amazing 1:32.70.

Liberty Island, out of the top Aussie mare Yankee Rose, won the Oka Sho and the Yushun Himba in 2023.

Some of the big name riders to win this include Yutaka Take, Michael Kinane, Olivier Peslier and Christophe Lemaire.

Hiroyoshi Matsuda won it three times in four years from 2008.

Notable winners of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies include Liberty Island (2022), Circle Of Life (2021), Sodashi (2020), Resistencia (2019), Lucky Lilac (2017), Soul Stirring (2016), Major Emblem (2015), Apapane (2009), Buena Vista (2008) and Vodka (2006).

The 2022 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies was won by Liberty Island from Shinryokuka and Doe Eyes.

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