Tabbed the 5-1 fourth choice, Efforia (Jpn) (Epiphaneia Jpn) entered the Japanese Classic picture with a bang in the G3 Kyodo News Hai at Tokyo on Sunday.
Rank from the stalls, the bay was full of energy before relaxing into fourth as early pacesetter Deep Rich (Jpn) (Deep Brillante Jpn) was overcome by Heart of a City (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry). Shifted out to the center of the course for the stretch drive, he was given a right-handed reminder and strode away to win by 2 1/2 good-looking lengths. Victipharus (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry Jpn) closed to take second, a head in front of second favourite Shahryar (Jpn) (Deep Impact Jpn).
Efforia donned cap and gown at first asking in a 2000-metre newcomer event last August before claiming another 2000-metre race-this time at Tokyo on Nov. 8.
Young stallion Epiphaneia, sire of last year’s Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown heroine Daring Tact (Jpn), notched his third group winner and fourth black-type winner with Efforia (Jpn)’s win on Sunday.
The second foal and first winner for his three-time winning dam, Efforia has a juvenile half-brother by Harbinger (GB), and a yearling filly by Maurice (Jpn). Katies Heart was covered by Satono Crown (Jpn) in 2020.
Sunday, Tokyo, JapanKYODO NEWS SERVICE HAI-G3, ¥72,610,000 (US$691,798/£499,732/€570,771), Tokyo, 2-14, 3yo, 1800mT, 1:47.60, fm.1–EFFORIA (JPN), 123, c, 3, Epiphaneia (Jpn) 1st Dam: Katies Heart (Jpn), by Heart’s Cry (Jpn) 2nd Dam: Katies First, by Kris (GB) 3rd Dam: Katies (Ire), by Nonoalco1STBLACK-TYPE WIN. 1ST GROUP WIN. O-Carrot Farm;B-Northern Farm (Jpn); T-Yuichi Shikato; J-Takeshi Yokoyama.¥38,427,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*.2–Victipharus (Jpn), 123, c, 3, Heart’s Cry (Jpn)–Virginia (Jpn),by Galileo (Ire). O-G1 Racing; B-Northern Farm (Jpn);¥15,122,000.3–Shahryar (Jpn), 123, c, 3, Deep Impact (Jpn)–Dubai Majesty,by Essence of Dubai. O-Sunday Racing; B-Northern Farm (Jpn);¥9,561,000.Margins: 2HF, HD, NK. Odds: 5.80, 40.90, 3.90.Also Ran: Kingston Boy (Jpn), Stella Veloce (Jpn), Kaiser Nova (Jpn), Platina Treasure (Jpn), Deep Rich (Jpn), Leftovers (Jpn), Heart of a City (Jpn), Dios Valiente (Jpn), Taiso (Jpn).Click for the JRA chart & video or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.