Ria Amelia has booked a spot in the Grade 1 Shuka Sho at Kyoto on October 18 after landing the Sho Rose Stakes at Chukyo on Sunday.
The Mitsumasa Nakauchida-trained filly went into the race at Chukyo as the third favourite and ran out the two-length winner of the Grade 2 event.
The three-year-old has now secured a place in the Shuka Sho and jockey Yuga Kawada believes she has a real chance of claiming a big victory.
Daring Tact, the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) winner, is widely considered as the favourite for the Shuka Sho but Kawada feels Ria Amelia is a contender.
"I'm very happy she showed her true colours, and she had shown up well in training after her summer rest," said Kawada, as reported by the Racing Post.
"She's always had a lot of potential but I couldn't make use of it in the spring races. I'm sure she has the ability to challenge Daring Tact, and we'll do our best in the Shuka Sho."
Article Posted on Monday 21st September 2020 @ 15.06
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