ALL WHITE, Sodashi made herself even more memorable with victory in the 1600m Grade 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday as she became the first ever white horse to take a Japanese Classic, breaking the track record in the process. Back in December, the Naosuke Sugaitrained daughter of Kurofune became what was thought to be the first of her colour to land a Japanese Grade One with victory in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.
Inheriting her appearance from dam Buchiko, an even more unusual black and white spotted mare, she obviously has plenty of ability too, asserting her authority in the last 400m under Hayato Yoshida and holding off the late challenge of favourite Satono Reinas by a neck. Sodashi is owned and bred by Kaneko Makoto Holdings.
Yoshida said: “She was calm when we went to the back of the gate after entering the turf course. I had a very good feeling at the gate. I could go to the race in a good way, thanks to the stable staff who have helped her grow up. “It was very fast ground and I thought it would not be good for her, but she has an ability to run well on it.
“There was big pressure before the race because her ability was doubted, if she was really strong or only popular. She has grown up more than I expected and could race cleverly. “Her future is undecided but has unlimited possibilities. I’m honoured to be able to challenge in the Classic with such a horse.”