1st | Dry Stout (JPN) | 20 Points
2nd | Combustion (JPN) | 8 Points
3rd | Praelude (JPN) | 4 Points
4th | Sekifu (JPN) | 2 Points

Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Recap

Dry Stout enhanced his standing among Japanese dirt two-year-olds by winning the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun, the second of four races in the 2022 Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The son of Blue Grass S. (G1) winner Sinister Minister started a short-priced favorite at Kawasaki Racecourse, a National Association of Racing racetrack, for the listed 1600-meter (about one-mile) race following victories at Chukyo and Tokyo on the Japan Racing Association circuit.

Stalking the leader, Dry Stout took over at the top of the stretch. Only Godolphin’s Combustion could go with Dry Stout but the favorite had enough in reserve for jockey Keita Tosaki to win by 2 12 lengths and shoot to the top of the Japanese Road table with 20 points.

Combustion earned eight points for finishing second and was five lengths clear of third-placed Praelude, who earned four points. Sekifu ran home well to finish fourth and earn two points, 1 12 lengths behind Praelude and nine lengths behind Dry Stout.

Bred by Shimokobe Farm and raced by YGG Horse Club Co. Ltd., Dry Stout is one of 12 stakes winners by Sinister Minister, the best of whom is T O Keynes, the hugely impressive winner of the Champions Cup (G1) at Chukyo in December. His first two dams have produced several winners but none at further than 1 18 miles.

By Alastair Bull