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Japan: Demuro brothers finish one-two in Japanese 1000 Guineas
Brothers Cristian and Mirco Demuro swept the exacta in the $2,311,000 Japanese 1000 Guineas at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday with Ayusan and Red Oval.
Cristian Demuro, 20, was a late replacement on 17-1 Ayusan in the Group 1 1000 Guineas over about a mile. Her scheduled rider, Genki Maruyama, was injured in a spill on Saturday.
Ayusan raced in midpack in the field of 18 3-year-old fillies in the first half of the race. Ayusan overcame traffic to take the lead from pacesetter, and 9-5 favorite, Kurofune Surprise in the stretch, and won by a neck over Red Oval, the 7-2 second choice.
Mirco Demuro, who won the 2010 Dubai World Cup with Victoire Pisa, is the 34-year-old older brother of the winning rider.
Princess Jack, an 86-1 shot, finished third.
The first two finishers are by Deep Impact. Ayusan won her first stakes in the 1000 Guineas. Owned by Juichi Hoshino and trained by Takahisa Tezuka, Ayusan was third to Kurofune Surprise in the Group 3 Tulip Sho at Hanshin Racecourse on March 2.
Cristian Demuro rode four winners at Gulfstream Park over a five-week period in January and February earlier this year.
France: Maxios takes Group 2 at Longchamp
Maxios, the winner of Group 3 stakes in 2010 and 2012, won the most prestigious race of his career in Sunday’s Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt over 1 1/4 miles at Longchamp Racecourse in France.
Trained by Jonathan Pease, Maxios is scheduled to make his Group 1 debut in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 28.
In the $161,650 Prix d’Harcourt, Maxios (5-1) was third of seven for the first mile. Ridden by Stephane Pasquier, Maxios moved into contention in the final furlong and took the lead from 2-1 favorite Don Bosco in the final strides. Maxios, a 5-year-old horse by Monsun, won by three-quarters of a length.
Saga Dream, the winner of the Group 3 Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud last month, finished third.
Grand National winning rider hospitalized
Jockey Ryan Mania, who won Saturday’s Grand National in England on the 66-1 shot Auroras Encore, was airlifted to a hospital in Newcastle, England, on Sunday after sustaining neck and back injuries in a spill at Hexham Racecourse in the north of the country.
Mania was reported to be moving his limbs and talking, his valet told the Racing Post. A statement from the air ambulance company said that Mania was in stable condition.
The 23-year-old jockey was injured when he fell from 9-2 favorite Stagecoach Jasper on the final circuit of a handicap hurdle over 2 9/16 miles. Stagecoach Jasper is trained by Sue Smith, who trains Auroras Encore.
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