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11/01  JBC Classics Barrier Draw

3:35 p.m. The barriers for the JBC races have been announced, but it's too much a task to write all three races so I'll just pick up JBC Classics.

Centurion is in post number 1, Tagano Gold in 2, Stern Glanz in 3, Sunrise Soar in 4, Asukano Roman in 5, Meiner Basara in 6, Sound True in 7, K T Brave in 8, Nonkono Yume in 9, T M Jinsoku in 10, Katsugeki Kitokito in 11, Apollo Kentucky in 12, All Blush in 13, Omega Perfume in 14, T O Energy in 15 and Chrysolite in 16.

Kyoto 1900m dirt is the same setting as Heian Stakes (G3) in which Chrysolite has earned 2nd and 3rd places, but this outer post together with his long break will not give advantage to an 8-year-old I guess.

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11/02  Oju Running Nanbu Tokubetsu

2:42 p.m. By the way, Ojuchousan is appearing in tomorrow's Tokyo race 9, Nanbu Tokubetsu as a prep for Arima Kinen.

There was a slight possibility in Oju not being to run the race if the entries were full, though luckily such situation was avoided and Oju is running the 2400m race with Yutaka on his back again. As expected, he is the most favored of all 7 horses in the expected win odds.

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11/03  Quite Busy

4:59 p.m. Although I've decided to focus on JBC Classics, I'd still have to take a look see through the other 2 races as well since I'm going down to the off-track betting. So I'm quite busy despite it's a holiday.

My key horse for JBC Classics is Omega Perfume. No reason to avoid a fresh 3-year-old. On the wheel would be Sunrise Soar, Centurion, Nonkono Yume and T M Jinsoku. Will think about K T Brave and other possibilities maybe, tomorrow.

Oju has won Nanbu Tokubetsu, by the way. He'll be favored in Arima Kinen with this win especially, if Rey De Oro scratches off.

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11/04  Didn't Want To Go

8:30 p.m. I decided K T Brave has gained too much weight so didn't buy him and he wins...

That's why I didn't want to go.

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11/05  Taking It On The Chin

2:40 p.m. My losses are piling up again and as usual, I'm beginning to lose faith.

I think I'm on the right track with my method, but something just doesn't seem to fit and consequently it's been leading me to losses instead of wins. Guess I'll just have to stick to it and see it through to the end of this season, at least to figure out what's not slightly fitting.

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11/06  Oju Entering JC

3:47 p.m. Disappointing news has been announced that Ojuchousan is entering Japan Cup before Arima Kinen.

What happens if Oju loses Japan Cup which is very likely to happen? No one would be excited to see him in Arima Kinen. What kind of stupid joke could that be? Besides, Yutaka will not be riding Oju in Japan Cup because he's riding Makahiki. Not that it makes much difference I guess. Would someone please persuade the owner to re-think this ridiculous plan?

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11/07  Yesterday's Announcement Turned Over

2:38 p.m. The Ojuchousan crew has turned over yesterday's announcement and decided to enter the horse in Arima Kinen instead of Japan Cup, as it was planned at the beggining.

The trainer has mentioned about fatigue in the horse after winning the last race, and possibly might have suggested the owner to change his plan. Oju seems to be tired but x-ray checks hasn't revealed any fractures or injuries, so it was decided to give the horse some rest to prepare for Arima Kinen. Glad that at least the trainer was sensible. Or they must have heard me (and many other fans) complaining.

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11/08  Cheval Grand's Accident

4:50 p.m. Ojuchousan has been safely re-scheduled to enter Arima Kinen, but now Cheval Grand who is entered in Japan Cup has been hit by accident.

The rider of Cheval Grand was going to be Hugh Bowman however, news has been reported that he won't be able to ride due to multiple penalties in Melbourne Cup. Uh-oh. Wonder what the owner would do, switch to Fukunaga or request someone else?

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11/09  Queen Elizabeth Cup Barrier

2:37 p.m. Okay folks, it's time for the Queen Elizabeth Cup barrier draw.

Happy Unibansu is in post number 1, Frontier Queen in 2, Reiho Romance in 3, Primera Azul in 4, Red Genova in 5, Admire Lead in 6, Mozu Katchan in 7, Cantabile in 8, Crocosmia in 9, Vafuram in 10, Smart Layer in 11, Lys Gracieux in 12, Norm Core in 13, One Breath Away in 14, Eterna Minoru in 15, Corcovadoin 16 and Miss Panthere in 17.

My Red Genova drew post number 5 against my will but well, the more considering thing about her performance is rather the rider than the post.

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11/10  Odds Are Spread

3:30 p.m. As you can see from the spread win odds, this year's Queen Elizabeth Cup will be a difficult race to call...

My key horse is Red Genova. I'm secretly hoping she would become post-Maria Light. On the wheel would be Norm Core, Mozu Katchan, Lys Gracieux, Miss Panthere and Admire Lead.

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11/11  And Then, Crocosmia...

9:44 p.m. You couldn't hang in, Red Genova. And then, Crocosmia....

I thought Genova could fight for just one more race but I was wrong. She had more damage from Kyoto Daishoten than I'd imagined. As for Crocosmia, I didn't think she would take the lead. Rather, I thought Miss Panthere would go, though the outer post turned out to be a huge disadvantage for her that the rider gave up to stay in second from the top. Perhaps I'd put too much expectation on her.

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11/12  Getting Used To Losing

3:13 p.m. As you might already know, I haven't won a race since this summer. I've been getting used to losing and my feelings had become numb to losing. But yesterday's loss was a blow in a while. Crocosmia... forgive my persistence.

Thus I decided to look back on the losses of this season up until now. I've still got another half to go and there's no reason I can't take my losses back. Humph.

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11/13  Pretty Impressive

3:59 p.m. I haven't finished up my review for the first half of this season yet, but the members entered in this week's Mile Championship are pretty impressive.

This year's Yasuda Kinen winner Mozu Ascot is entered, probably going to be the top favored not to mention, the runner-up in the same Yasuda Kinen Aerolithe, is also entered together with Persian Knight, the defending champion of last year's Mile Champioinship. Stelvio, Air Spinel, Logi Cry, K I Nautique, Gendarme follow on the entry list. Impressive indeed, though not really welcoming as it would be harder to win.

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11/14  Riders Also Impressive

5:08 p.m. Not to say the riders for Mile Championship are also impressive.

Christophe on Mozu Ascot, Ryan Moore on Aerolithe, Mirco on Persian Knight, William Buick on Stelvio, Yutaka on Gendarme, Yuichi filling in on Air Spinel and Cristian (De Muro) on Logi Cry. It makes me wonder if this is the real Japan Cup instead of the one next week.

We are on our way to recovering our position in the ranking by the way, that has once dropped way down while we have been switching over to SSL. Sorry for the inconveniencies!

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Caterpillar

11/15  Well On Its Way

2:02 p.m. The last training before Mile Championship must have been run early this morning, most horses have had their rider's names on the entry list, preparations seem to be well on its way.

Barriers will be drawn and announced by tomorrow afternoon but when I look at the entry form, I realize two horses with lighter weight; Jour Polaire and Aerolithe. 2 kg lighter weight is surely an advantage in short distance races I reckon, especially when the lap slackens...

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11/16  Barrier Draw for Mile Championship

2:21 p.m. Aaaand here's the barrier for Mile Chapmpionship.

Stelvio in post number 1, Persian Knight in 2, Al Ain in 3, Black Moon in 4, He's In Love in 5, Jour Polaire in 6, Logi Cry in 7, Mozu Ascot in 8, Win Bright in 9, Mikki Glory in 10, Gendarme in 11, Reine Minoru in 12, Red Avancer in 13, Air Spinel in 14, Aerolithe in 15, Katsuji in 16, Lord Quest in 17 and woah, K I Nautique in 18.

I'm not so sure but perhaps it wasn't a very good draw for Persian Knight or Logi Cry as they wouldn't want to be squashed in the pack. Also, Aelorithe might have a hard time controlling on the outside. Don't know whether it'll turn out good or bad for K I Nautique though it could be better than drawing inner posts since Deep Impact descendants don't perform well when you hit the brake while they're accelerating.

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11/17  In Over My Head

3:02 p.m. The ranking has finally started to count correctly which is good news, but I'm way in over my head with Mile Championship. I just can't narrow down my options.

I've decided Mozu Ascot would be my key horse for now. However, I can't decide which horse to put on the wheel. Aerolithe would probabaly be on the wheel since she's not trustworthy, K I Nautique would be on the wheel too, but I don't know what to make of Gendarme, Al Ain, Air Spinel, Jour Polaire, Mikki Glory or Red Avancer... Persian Knight, I'm leaning towards cutting off from my list.

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11/18  Screw It Up

9:52 p.m. I'm not sure which it was either Yokoyama (the rider of Lord Quest) or Matsuyama ( the rider of Katsuji), but one of them had bumped into Christophe (Mozu Ascot, my key horse) at the last corner to take him off balance. When Mozu barely recovered, Tozaki (the rider of Miiki Glory) bumped into Mozu from the outside in the last stretch, to screw it up.

After Makahiki bumped into Suave Richard to screw up Tenno-sho, now this. And JRA doesn't even release the patrol video on their website. I can't believe this is happening.

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Caterpillar