Japan: Satono Ares strikes in Asahi Hai Futurity

Satono Ares stayed on strongly to win the Asahi Hai

PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi Satono Ares strikes in Asahi Hai Futurity By Tony McFadden 10:35AM 18 DEC 2016

Report: Japan, Sunday

Hanshin: Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 2yo colts and fillies

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FRANKEL filly Mi Suerte was out of luck against the boys in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes as Satono Ares (Kazuo Fujisawa/Hirofumi Shii) displayed a taking turn of foot to land the spoils.

The progressive Satono Ares, who was completing a hat-trick on his first Graded-race assignment, was settled towards the rear in the early stages but made good headway out wide before delivering a powerful burst in the straight.

Satono Ares stayed on strongly to overhaul tiring rivals and beat Monde Can Know, the mount of Mickael Barzalona, by half a length. Bom Servico was two lengths further back in third.

Winning jockey Shii said: "I rode him for the first time but was told by the trainer that he has a strong late charge, so I decided to race him toward the rear and he responded really well in the stretch.

"I think his strong point is indeed his turn of foot. I think he will definitely be able to aim for the big titles going forward.

Mi Suerte, who was sent off as the 11-8 favourite, made good late headway to finish fourth.

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