Long-Awaited Royal Ascot Victory In Reach? Japan's International Winner Shahryar Aimed At Prince Of Wales's - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Long-Awaited Royal Ascot Victory In Reach? Japan’s International Winner Shahryar Aimed At Prince Of Wales’s

Shahryar (right) rallied late to catch Efforia in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)

With all the success of Japan on the international stage, there remains a glaring gap on the country's resume: the Japanese have yet to win a race at the Royal Ascot meeting.

That could change this year with Dubai Sheema Classic winner Shahryar aimed at the £1 million (about US$1.27 million) Prince of Wales's Stakes, according to Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

The 4-year-old son of Deep Impact defeated Breeders' Cup Turf winner Yibir in the Sheema Classic, and will be the fourth Japanese-trained horse to contest the Prince of Wales's (the other three all finished sixth: Deirdre in 2019, A Shin Hikari in 2016, and Spielberg in 2015).

Trained by Hideaki Fujiwara, Shahryar is owned by the syndicate of Sunday Racing. Sunday Racing will also run Grenadier Guards (Frankel) in Royal Ascot's Platinum Jubilee Stakes.

Japan earned its first Breeders' Cup victories in 2021, with Loves Only You in the Filly & Mare Turf and Marche Lorraine in the Distaff. The country also has another chance at the Kentucky Derby this year with UAE Derby winner Crown Pride.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

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