STRIKING GREY Omega Perfume carved out a significant slice of Japan racing history for himself on Tuesday, when becoming the first horse in his nation to win the same Group One Flat race three times consecutively. The 5yo was the hot favourite for the 2000m Tokyo Daishoten on the dirt at Ohi Racecourse and duly delivered in what is the one and only top level race on the NAR (National Association of Racing) dirt racing circuit.
Racing in Japan is classified into two categories: racing conducted by the Japan Racing Association (JRA), and that by local governments on the prefectural and municipal level (NAR). Mirco Demuro was aboard the Shogo Yasuda-trained Omega Perfume for the milestone success in the 2000m dirt contest. Omega Perfurme raced in fifth position initially and quickened to challenge for the lead four wide on the home turn.
He duelled with Casino Fountain in the final 400m, and while Casino Fountain led at the 200m pole, the favourite was on top close home to prevail in a tight finish by a neck. Third favourite Westerlund was half a length back in third. For Omega Perfume, a grey son of USbred Swept Overboard, out of Gold Allure’s winning mare Omega Fragrance, this was a ninth win from 19 starts, including the 2018 and 2019 runnings of the Tokyo Daishoten.
Demuro said: “I’m very happy. He’s a mature horse and knows his job. He was positive today and I felt a good response from him all the way. “He sort of idled once he hit the front so I took him to run near the other horse and then urged him to go on and win. It’s fantastic to win this for three consecutive years. “Everyone had been saying about the record beforehand so I felt under pressure.
I’m relieved to win the last Group One of the year.” The winning trainer Yasuda added: “It’s not easy to get a horse to run three times in the same Grade One, so I’d like to say thank you to the owner Reiko Hara and all connections who I train him for. “He was in top condition. He did lose a bit of concentration in the home straight, though, and I was just praying he would get there.”