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12/01  My Eyes Have Been Opened

2:24 p.m. I've also dug out my notes on Chapmions' Cup from last year, to confirm that my memory was correct. I'd written that horses that drew post numbers outer than 11 are not worth betting on.

That consequently leaves out T M Jinsoku (currently the most favored) and Sound True (currently the 2nd favored), even Awardee. Though I've had a breakthrough to discover which type of horses perform well and which ones don't. Thanks to the victory of Japan Cup, my eyes have been opened.

The End

Caterpillar

12/02  My Requirements

5:09 p.m. True I've said my eyes have been opened, but am now struggling as there are no particular horse that fits my requirements...

Will key Gold Dream for Champions' Cup for now, on a wheel of Kopano Rickey, Nonkono Yume, Molto Bene, Glanzend, King's Guard and Awardee. Will narrow it down a bit by tomorrow.

As for Cow who boasts that he's not good at dirt races, he has finally managed to pick his key horse, K T Brave.

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Caterpillar

12/03  EXCEPT

11:34 p.m. I admit I was partly wrong about leaving out horses that drew outer barriers. So I would like to make use of this opportunity to correct my errors. Horses that drew outer barriers should be cut out EXCEPT horses that go up front!

Aaaaargh, T M Jinsoku!!! What did you just do!!!!??

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Caterpillar

12/04  Sire Line Geeks

4:53 p.m. Autumn races went by in a flash and now I'm left with only two more G1 races to go before Arima Kinen.

This week it's Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. Two of Orfevre's daughters are entering this race. Since it's the first big race for fillies, it's the time for sire line geeks like myself to show my best.

I've already checked yesterday, that the track condition of Hanhin is quite fast. Meaning, that I should pick up the fillies that can adjust to such speed.

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Caterpillar

12/05  Great Father

4:17 p.m. Just because their father was a great horse, it doesn't necessarily mean such horses would become great too.

Rock This Town has already won a G3 in Sapporo in September with her racing career standing undefeated. Lucky Lilac hasn't lost a race either, winning Artemis Stakes another G3 although this one is in mile distance. What I can tell from their career is that they haven't lost a race YET.

They are both merely fillies, which means they can win or lose in the future.

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Caterpillar

12/06  Malingering?

2:44 p.m. After Champions' Cup we went for our usual drink and the topic about Apollo Kentcuky came up. Last year's Tokyo Dai-shoten winner had scratched off from Champions' Cup on the morning of the race, and we were talking that Asukano Roman who could have run the race if the cancelling had been earlier, must have been pissed.

At the time, Mr. N-jima mentioned that although Apollo Kentucky has scratched off in the last minute, he might be running Tokyo Dai-shoten as nothing happened, to which I agreed.

And today, news broke out he's entering Tokyo Dai-shoten. Ha! What was that scratch off then? It's hard to believe a horse could improve its condition in merely three days. Was it malingering?

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Caterpillar

12/07  One Slot

2:17 p.m. Meanwhile, Awardee who came in 5th place in Champions' Cup seems to have chosen Kawasaki Kinen at the beginning of 2018 for his next race.

Since the horse is already 7 years old and getting nearer to the end of his career, I think it's good to choose which race to run. But then, one slot for JRA horses to enter Tokyo Dai-shoten has been emptied by this act. Wonder which horse is going to win that slot to run in the literally last G1 race of this season?

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Caterpillar

12/08  Outermost Barrier

2:44 p.m. The barrier draw for Hanshin Juvenile Fillies has been announced.

Sayakachan in post number 1, Latgyros in 2, Gulielma in 3, Mau Lea in 4, Las Emociones in 5, Mademoiselle in 6, Lily Noble in 7, Tosen Bless in 8, Regle d'Or in 9, High Heel in 10, Lucky Lilac in 11, Social Club in 12, Tosen Amber in 13, Noble Earth in 14, Nadia in 15, Molto Allegro in 16, Cordierite in 17 and Rock This Town in 18.

Oooooh, the most favored Rock This Town drew the outermost barrier! Wonder what the outcome would be?

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Caterpillar

12/09  Copycat

3:13 p.m. Have been pondering whether to make my key horse Lily Noble or Lucky Lilac. Mmmmaybe, Lucky Lilac, as Lily Noble's racing schedule seems to be a bit tight. On the wheel would be Mau Lea, Tosen Bless, Social Club, Cordierite and Rock This Town.

Incidentally, Cow's key horse is Rock This Town on a wheel of Mau Lea, Lily Noble, Lucky Lilac and Social Club. You, copycat!

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Caterpillar

12/10  Incovenience and Confusion

4:57 p.m. It could be called a win. I allow myself to call it a victory.

Since we were not going out to the off-track betting today, I had Cow to buy my betting tickets via the Internet. However, he wasted too much time fumbling with his Skype update while running his usual online game, by the time I was able to tell him my call it was only minutes before the race. As I waited patiently for the dork to stand by, I tried to check out my call that I announced yesterday and discovered, that stupid Cow hadn't uploaded yesterday's Murmur.

In a mad rush, I got confused and cut out Mau Lea instead of Tosen Bless. I blame Cow for the incovenience and the confusion, he ought to buy me some good food.

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Caterpillar

12/11  My Bad

2:52 p.m. As I checked the uploaded Murmur carefully though, I realized I had left out Lily Noble on my wheel while I was pondering between Lucky Lilac. My bad.

Okay, I would settle for gyouza (pan-fried dumplings) and rice instead of sushi.

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Caterpillar

12/12  Another Victory

2:03 p.m. Fortunately or unfortunately enough, there are no Orfevre descendants entered for this week's Asahi-hai Futurity Stakes. Instead there are two sons of Lord Kanaloa, one son of Novelist and two Deep Impact sons as usual.

Haven't checked the sirelines closely yet, but it's another Hanshin 1600m race which is the same stage as last weeks'. Considering I won last week (at least for my call), I merely have to go over the same process and another victory should fall into my hands. Well, hopefully.

The End

Caterpillar