05/27/2016 3:03PM

Japan: Dee Majesty goes for Guineas-Japanese Derby sweep


Dee Majesty, the winner of the Japanese 2000 Guineas on April 17, will be favored to win his fourth consecutive race in Sunday’s $3.9 million Japanese Derby at Tokyo Racecourse.

Dee Majesty, a colt by Deep Impact, beat maidens in his third and final start of 2015 and is unbeaten in two starts this year – the Grade 3 Kyodo News Service Hai at Tokyo in February and the Grade 1 Japanese 2000 Guineas at Nakayama in April.

Dee Majesty would become the 24th horse to win the 2000 Guineas and Japanese Derby. Duramente accomplished the double last year. Duramente was second to Postponed in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Dee Majesty, trained by Yoshitaka Ninomiya for owner Masura Shimada, won the Japanese 2000 Guineas at 1 1/4 miles on turf by 1 1/4 lengths over Malahiki in record time of 1:57.90.

Malahiki, who is part of the field of 18 in the Japanese Derby at 1 1/2 miles, was beaten for the first time in his fourth start in the 2000 Guineas. Satona Diamond, third in the 2000 Guineas, has a similar record, having won his first three starts. Satona Diamond is part of the Japanese Derby field.

Other contenders are Leontes, the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 in Japan who was fifth in the 2000 Guineas, and Lord Quest, who was eighth in the 2000 Guineas and second in the Group 1 NHK Mile at Tokyo on May 8.