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The Runners & Their Teams 2015

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL CUP'S RUNNER & TEAM

  • MEINER FROST
  • [Barrier No: 8]
  • Japanese galloper who has clocked in many staying outings at Group level under the belt, but has yet to score. He did run third in the Grade 1 Japanese Derby (2400m) at long odds last year. Ran a pleasing fourth at his first-up race (1800m at Nakayama) in March from a two-month let-up, just a neck behind Staphanos, recent second in the Group 1 APQEII Cup (2000m) in Hong Kong. Won at his last start, a 2000m race at Fukushima on April 12. Races handy or midfield and has a decent turn of foot. Prefers firm tracks. First overseas raid. Can surprise if he settles in well.

    Photo source: Japan Racing Association
Description: 4 GR C
Sire: BLACK TIDE (JPN)
Dam: THREE SNOW GRASS (JPN)
Trainer: NOBORU TAKAGI (JPN)
Owner: K THOROUGHBRED CLUB RUFFIAN
Season: 2014
Summary: 6 1 0 1
Career 14 4 0 1
Earnings(SGD): S$2,080,611
  • Meiner Frost
PAST RUNS
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
12-Apr-2015 JPN,FKS (RH) T(F) 2000 2 1/15 Fukushima Mimpo Hai 107 58 1.5 21F Y Tannai 1:59.00 D'Accord
01-Mar-2015 JPN,NAK (RH) T(G) 1800 5 4/11 Nakayama Kinen 109 57 2 77 M Matsuoka 1:50.30 Nuovo Record
25-Jan-2015 JPN,NAK (RH) T(F) 2200 2 4/17 American Jockey Club Cup 109 56 2 275 M Matsuoka 2:13.60 Courir Kaiser
04-Jan-2015 JPN,NAK (RH) T(F) 2000 10 6/17 Nikkan Sports Sho Nakayama Kimpai 104 58 4.25 106 M Matsuoka 1:57.80 Lovely Day
26-Oct-2014 JPN,KYO (RH) T(F) 3000 1 7/18 Kikuka Sho-Japanese St. Leger 111 57 6.75 255 D Shibata 3:01.00 Toho Jackal
21-Sep-2014 JPN,NII (LH) T(F) 2200 6 9/18 Asahihai St. Lite Kinen 108 56 4.5 130 D Shibata 2:11.70 Isla Bonita
01-Jun-2014 JPN,TOK (LH) T(F) 2400 3 3/17 Tokyo Yushun Japanese Derby 115 57 2.25 540 M Matsuoka 2:24.60 One And Only
03-May-2014 JPN,TOK (LH) T(F) 2400 3 6/18 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho 105 56 1.25 32 D Shibata 2:26.50 Shonan Lagoon
Noboru Tagaki
  • TRAINER:
  • NOBORU TAKAGI (JPN)
Noboru Takagi, 49, received his Japan Racing Association training licence in 2006 and has since saddled more than 130 winners thus far in his career. He enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2014, when he notched the first three graded race wins of his career. Of these the most significant was his maiden Grade 1 victory with Snow Dragon in the Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes in October at Niigata racecourse. He also picked up a pair of Grade 3 wins, in the Mainichi Hai Stakes at Hanshin with Meiner Force, and the Radio Nikkei Sho Stakes at Fukushima with Win Malerei.
Masami Matsuoka
  • JOCKEY:
  • MASAMI MATSUOKA (JPN)
Masami Matsuoka, 30, was granted his licence in 2003 and made his debut as a jockey on March 1st 2003 at Nakayama Racecourse. The Kanagawa native rode his first winner three weeks later and rode his first stakes winner in the Group 3 Diamond Stakes in 2005. He won his first Grade-race victory in the 2005 Grade 3 Diamond Stakes aboard Win Glanz. Marking his 100th win in April 2006, he spent three months in Ireland to gain more experience at John Oxx's stable, on a referral from former top Irish jockey Michael Kinane. Though his two mounts ran sixth and eighth, he is said to have improved as a rider. After returning to Japan in September, he began making progress, gradually accumulating graded victories including his first Grade 1 win aboard Koiuta in the 2007 Victoria Mile. Another notable Grade 1 victory came in the 2009 Tenno Sho on Meiner Kitz. Matsuoka enjoyed his best season numerically with 109 winners in 2010, and was amongst the top 20 jockeys in Japan with 58 winners in 2012. Although not seen in the top 20 jockey list since then, he has nevertheless bagged close to 700 victories in his 11-year career. Matsuoka is not at his first visit to Singapore as he rode 2006 SIA Cup winner Cosmo Bulk to sixth place behind Jay Peg at his third run in 2008.

Photo source: Japan Racing Association