Soul Stirring to contest Japanese Classic trial
Soul Stirring: was the first top-level winner for her sire Frankel
Soul Stirring to line-up in Japanese 1,000 trial
By Ollie O'Donoghue 2:02PM 3 MAR 2017
SOUL STIRRING, who became Frankel's first winner at the highest level in December, continues her preparation for the Oka Sho or Japanese 1,000 Guineas on Saturday.
The filly is entered for the Grade 3 Tulip Sho which serves as a trial for the Oka Sho.
A Shadai homebred, the three-year-old filly has won three races from three starts to date. She won her maiden at Sapporo last July and followed up with successes in the Ivy Stakes in October and the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in December.
Soul Stirring is a half-sister to the maiden winner Southern Stars and is out of the Monsun mare Stacelita.
Stacelita was a top-class mare in her own right winning six Group/Grade 1 contests and found Classic success in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
Frankel got off to a flying start with his first crop last year, supplying Group 2 Lowther Stakes winner Queen Kindly and four more stakes winners in Frankuus, Fair Eva, Mi Suerte and Toulifaut.
Perhaps her biggest threat in the field of 12 will come from Lys Gracieux, a Heart's Cry filly Soul Stirring touched off by one and a quarter lengths in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in December.