Kinshasa No Kiseki does it again

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 March, 2011, 12:00am

In the absence of Hong Kong stars Green Birdie and Joy And Fun, who had been slated for a trip to Osaka before the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan on March 11, the Takamasunomiya Kinen (1,200m) was run and won at Hanshin racecourse yesterday. And despite moving from Chukyo racecourse in 2010, the new, second leg of the 2011 Global Sprint Challenge (GSC) saw Kinshasa No Kiseki successfully defended the rich Group One contest he had landed 12 months ago, with the horse he beat that time, B B Guldan, again prominent at the finish, placing fourth. But the winning jockey was an Italian, just like Victoire Pisa winning the Dubai World Cup at Meydan for Japan with Mirco Demiro aboard - Umberto Rispoli, 22, partnered Kinshasa No Kiseki on the final day of his 11-week riding stint in Japan, the climax of which he is unlikely to forget any time soon.