The Takarazuka Kinen is a Group I horse race in Japan for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a distance of 2,200 metres at Hanshin Racecourse in late June. It is one of the two “All-Star” races in Japanese horse racing; the other is the Arima Kinen (the Grand Prix) in late December.

It was first run in 1960 with a distance of 1,800 metres. From 1961 to 1965 the race was run over 2,000 metres and since 1966 it has been run over its present distance.

The race is run on the turf and is named after the city of Takarazuka, Hyōgo, the location of Hanshin Racecourse, which is the venue of the race.

As with the Arima Kinen, the majority of the runners in the field are selected by a vote from racing fans, while the remainder are determined by the amount of prizemoney won.

Champion grey horse GOLD SHIP is going for a hat trick of wins in the big race, and he is my on top selection but as with all such high quality fields, it’s a tough race to try and pick. He represents little value at the $2.10 quote but is sure to run a mighty race as always.

TIPS:

15.GOLD SHIP $2.10

16.LOVELY DAY $21 / $5

5.CURREN MIROTIC $15 / $4

13.LACHESIS $5.50 / $1.85

SUGGESTED BETS:

Trifecta 15. GOLD SHIP a banker, from 5/13/16 boxed.