Advancing with Glorious Steps by steps
Sired by Green Dancer, 1991’s leading sire in France and a son of English Triple Crown champion, Nijinsky, EISHIN PRESTON’s damsire Monteverdi was the son of Lyphard, who, like Nijinsky, was a son of Northern Dancer.
EISHIN PRESTON won important graded stakes races in Japan under trainer Shuji Kitahashi. Total prize of 877,897,700 Yen.
At Kyoto Racecourse, he was second in the 2001 and 2002 Mile Championship. Total Number of 1-2-3-Starts: 10-5-2-32
Precious hoofs of a Japanese horse conquered Hong Kong 3 times
|Country of Origin||: USA||Owner||: Toyomitsu Hirai|
|Colour / Sex||: Bay / Horse||Last Rating||:|
|Import Type||: VIS||Sire||: Green Dancer|
|Total Stakes||: $25,600,000||Dam||: Warranty Applied|
|No. of 1-2-3-Starts||: 3-0-0-5||Dam’s Sire||: Monteverdi|
JAPAN enjoyed its greatest ever day on the international racing stage as it claimed all three Group One races at the Hong Kong International meeting at Sha Tin.
They were also successful in the Hong Kong Mile with EISHIN PRESTON.
EISHIN PRESTON waltzed away with the Mile. The Green Dancer colt swept through from the back of the field in the home straight to readily go three and quarter lengths clear and upset the Sha Tin crowd.
The Hongkongers were willing home their star miler, ELECTRONIC UNICORN, finished second ridden by R Fradd. He admitted that the Japanese competitors were powerful
Once again Japanese horses captured Hong Kong as EISHIN PRESTON defeated his compatriot, AGNES DIGITAL, in a rousing climax to the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup, the second leg of the World Series Racing Championship.
EISHIN PRESTON mastered AGNES DIGITAL by half a length. The winner travelled well towards the rear early on and turned for home widest of all, but he soon came with a storming run to lead passing the 200 metres pole and had to pull out all the stops to hold the 2001 Hong Kong Cup hero.
It was EISHIN PRESTON’s first attempt over the 2000-metre trip and the win made him the first recipient of a bonus worth HK$1 million for adding this day’s Group 1 to his HKIR success. He started the 7-2 second favourite.
Winning jockey Yuichi Fukunaga said: “The early pace was slow but it picked up in the second half. I thought I would win coming into the straight but in the closing stages I was worried that AGNES DIGITAL might pass me. I think this horse likes Hong Kong!”
“My horse has been in great condition,” trainer Shuji Kitahashi said, adding: “and I would like to thank my staff for all their help. EISHIN PRESTON’s owner Toyomitsu Hirai would like to compete in more international events and I hope we will be back here in December for the Hong Kong Cup.”
The Japanese horse won the 2,000m race at the Shatin track by 1¾ lengths from Hong Kong‘s ELEGANT FASHION, ridden by Gerald Mosse.
German representative, PAOLINI was third.
1st – EISHIN PRESTON – “I am very happy to win today in such a hard time of Hong Kong. Also I am very impressed with the performance of the horse and his jockey. Jockey Fukunaga gave the best ride today. The next aim is not determined yet. It all depends on the condition of the horse.” Trainer, Shuji Kitahashi.
“We would like to join the World Racing Series to be aiming at the Series champion horse if we have some chances in the rest of the season. We were very disappointed the Singapore International Airline Cup has been cancelled, but I am very hoping that his last career start should be the Hong Kong International Races.” Owner, Toyomitsu Hirai.
“My horse was in a good condition, so if I gave him a good ride, I could win. I am very appreciated with the greatest cooperation of people of HKJC and other fans in Hong Kong. Actually I had much pressure before the race, but I just did not want to have the same failure as last time out in Hong Kong, however my horse got a clear break and he was very relaxed and answered me very smoothly, so I could control him very well today. Thank you very much for all of your support.” Jockey, Yuichi Fukunaga.
Retired to LexStud in Shizunai (静内町 Shizunai-chō?), a town that was located in Shizunai District, Hidaka, Hokkaidō, Japan. He sired his first colt in 2005.
2007-07-22, エーシンプリリード, his first winning colt, landed its inaugural victory Griffin Race at Kokura Racecourse.
2001 and before, using the old method of Age calculating, race horses in Japan,are one year older.than those calculated by the new method.