On Sunday, history was made at the Kyoto Racecourse when Daring Tact won the Shuka Sho’s 25th running to become the first champion to be undefeated in the Japan filly triple crown.

With Kohei Matsuyama abroad, the favorite covered the 2000-meter distance in two minutes and six-second to outshine 10th favorite Magic Castle by more than a length in the race for 3-year-old fillies. In the third position was ninth-favorite Soft Fruit.

Daring Tact extended her record to 5-5 to achieve the feat, with other recent fillies’ Triple Crown winners, including Gentidonna and Almond Eye. The three-year-old trained at Haruki Sugiyama. His victory comes as horse racing fans continue to sign up offers for Royal Ascot set to return next summer. With the chance to use free bets and promotions, you can start planning your wagers for this exciting 2021 event.

Matsuyama said that winning is a relief, and they can grow with the flow and run a good horse race. He went into the race, believing that his horse was the strongest, and being with the horse has been a blessing.

Since almond eye in 2018, Daring Tact is the sixth filly Triple Crown winner and the first. The first two legs are May’s Japanese Oaks and April’s Oka-Sho.

Daring Tact followed up victories in the Oka-Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) and Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks). It stayed on best to defeat Magic Castle under Kohei Matsuyama by a length and a quarter.

Matsuyama said that there was some pressure as they aimed not to suffer any defeat in a Triple Crown filly in Japanese racing history. Still, he was delighted to be able to accomplish the remarkable feat.

Matsuyama added that daring Tact seemed a bit nervous in the paddock, but she broke well, and the race had a good rhythm and in a good position. She had developed into a bold filly, and the hopes were high for her to remain undefeated.

At the moment, daring Tact is the fifth Japanese fillies’ Triple Crown winner since the turn of the millennium, with Still In Love striking in 2003 and Apapane in 2010, while Mejiro l’Amone was the first in 1986.

The races were held behind closed doors since the end of February. The ban was lifted from 10th October, and around 900 fans witnessed the race in person.

Daring Tact made his debut in the racing tracks for the previously unraced juveniles over 1600 meters on firm ground at Kyoto Racecourse on 16th November 2019. She won the race from the colt with no security.

Daring Tact began her second campaign in the listed elfin stakes over 1600 meters at Kyoto on 8th February 2020. She was in the eight positions on the final turn before showing top-class acceleration to take the lead 100 meters from the finish and drew away to win by four lengths.

On 24th May at Tokyo racecourse, daring moved up in the distance and started the 0.6/1 favorites for the 2400 meters Yushun himba. Her primary opponents include des Ailes, cravache d’ or, Miyamazakura, Sanctuaire, Win Marilyn, Ria Amelia, Smile Kana, Maltese Diosa, Woman’s Heart, and Ablaze. Daring Tact started well before being settled towards the rear of the field as Smile Kana set the pace.