2017.10.10THE A-TEAM's champion Copano Rickey(7yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) marked his name in Japanese racing's record book as he scored 10th Grade 1 victory when he won the JPY45,000,000 Local Grade 1 Mile Championship Nambu Hai at NAR's Morioka Racecourse on 9 Oct. He is the second horse to win 10 Grade 1 races in Japan's racing history after his long time rival Hokko Tarumae.
His new carrer has been annouced as Copano Rickey goes into the Breeders Stallion Station for 2018 breeding season. THE A-TEAM is pleased to see off a new stallion who is extremely likely to be highly attractive for the breeders seeking for dirt stallion by long time champion sire of dirt Gold Allure. But all our hope with Copano Rickey at this stage is if he sets the new record of 11th Grade 1 win in his remaining carrer with THE A-TEAM.
2017.05.07After four out-of-form runs, THE A-TEAM once again welcomed our long-reigning champion Copano Rickey(7yo Stallion, Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) with the owner Dr. Copa in the JPY60,000,000 Local Grade 1 Kashiwa Kinen (dirt 1600 mteres at NAR's Funabashi Racecourse). He was not the one of the fastest at the start which is not usual for him but Jockey Yutaka Take was relaxed to sit behind the pacesetters. At the far turn Copano Rickey cruised from the outside to win by 2 lengths. This was the 9th Grade 1 title for Copano Rickey, which is now only 1 below the Japanese record of grade 1 wins set by his long time rival Hokko Tarumae.
2017.05.01Thank you for visiting the website of THE A-TEAM.
We started our operation in 21 September 2008, and we are coming into our 10th year with winning 12 Grade 1 wins, 4 Grade 2 wins and 11 Grade 3 wins in JRA and NAR races as of today.
THE A-TEAM is satisfying with what we have done together with our clients and fans but we are eagerly looking for further success in the future.
Akira Murayama, trainer of THE A-TEAM has started an associated work with proven sale consignors in Eddie Woods in Ocala, USA and Yamaguchi Stable in Urakawa, Japan from last year to improve our skills in training and nutritional control. We hope to produce horses competing in the world stages like Maurice.
Our ultimate desire in a new decade for us is to produce a horse who wins multiple grade one races and completes his/her career undefeated.
Again, we appreciate your continuous support for THE A-TEAM.
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2017.02.01THE A-TEAM's new star All Blush(5yo horse War Emblem x Blushing Princess) surpassed last year's JRA Best Dirt Horse Sound True by three lengths to grab his first graded stakes victory in the JPY60,000,000 Kawasaki Kinen at NAR's Kawasaki Racecourse (Local Grade 1, dirt 2100 metres). Jockey Christophe Lemaire's masterful riding tactics guided All Blush to take an early lead in a long distance race and the pair was never threghtened by others to lead all the way to catch a big title.
2016.11.29THE A-TEAM's Grade 1 winning sprinter Danon Legend(6yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) will join the stallion roster of the East Stud in Urakawa, Japan for the 2017 breeding season. With career record of 14 wins including 9 in the graded stakes, Danon Legend earned more than JPY 3.6 billion (approx USD 3.6 million).
Danon Legend will be the first stallion standing in Japan from Holy Bull - Macho Uno sire line, already a proven pedigree in the US giving plenty of speed to their progenies. Being well apart from Japan's dominant pedigrees enables Danon Legend an ideal mating options for the most of Japanese broodmares. THE A-TEAM strongly hopes future stallion success for Danon Legend.
2016.11.04THE A-TEAM's Danon Legend(6yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) was the fastest to break from the barrier 1 to lead all the way to win his first Grade 1 title in the JPY60,000,000 JBC Sprint (dirt, 1400 meters) at NAR's Kawasaki Racecourse. Already a winner of eight graded stakes, Danon Legend gifted THE A-TEAM the first JBC Sprint victory which he was defeated in second placing last year. Danon Legend was purchased by the owner Danox Co Ltd at US$385,000 in the Barretts March Sale where he was consigned by the Eddie Woods, Agent. His total earnings to date now exceeds JPY360,000,000 (approx US$ 3.6 millions).
2016.10.11It was a first Mile Championship Nambu Hai victory for THE A-TEAM's champion Copano Rickey(6yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) but as well as an incredible 8th win in the Grade 1 when he thrashed the rivals at NAR's Morioka Racecourse on 10 Oct. He was hugely supported at 4-5 favourite on a premier dirt event and again he has proven his position as Japan's top dirt horse in 1 3/4 length victory against Best Warrior and Hokko Tarumae. He clocked an unbelievable new track record 1:33:5.
2016.08.25THE A-TEAM's Danon Legend carried a challenging 60 kilograms in the JPY23,000,000 Local Grade 3 Cluster Cup at NAR's Morioka Racecourse in 16 Aug. Punters were still eager to support him to be 3-2 second favourite although carrying top weight which is 6 kilograms heavier than the most of the others.
The race went very tough for him as others made great deal of speed in the early stage. However at the top of the stretch the one who still something left in the tank was Danon Legend who scored back to back Cluster Cup victory by 2 lengths. This was the eighth graded stakes trophy for Danon Legend reaching his career earnings to be over JPY 3 billions (approx US$ 3 millions).
2016.06.29Quite similar to what he has shown in his last start Kashiwa Kinen (Local Grade 1), THE A-TEAM's champion dirt performer Copano Rickey(6yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) once again showed a dominating 3 and a half length victory in the JPY60,000,000 Teio Sho (Local Grade 1) over 2,000 metres on dirt at NAR's Ohi Racecourse. This race was a extremely competitive battle as most of Japan's top dirt horses such as Nonkono Yume, Sound True and Hokko Tarumae were in the field but Copano Rickey impressively won by a clear margin. This was Copano Rickey's 7th grade 1 win but was a first one in the Teio Sho, which is regarded as one of the Japan's most prestigious dirt race.
2016.06.09:THE A-TEAM's speedstar Danon Legend(6yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) secured his position as one of Japan's top sprinter when he won the JPY 2,200,000 Hokkaido Sprint Cup (Local Grade 3) over 1,200 metres on dirt at NAR's Monbetsu Racecourse. The race was like a two-horse race against a talented young sprinter Nobo Baccarat but Danon Legend never given away to win by a smallest margin. This was a 11th victory in his superb career with 7 among them being graded stakes.
2016.05.20:THE A-TEAM's champion dirt horse Copano Rickey(6yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) outclassed a star-studded field in the JPY60,000,000 Kashiwa Kinen (Dirt 1600 maters Local Grade 1) in the NAR's Funabashi Racecourse on 5 May 2016. He once again proved at a highest level to grab his 6th Grade 1 titles. The owner Dr. Copa and THE A-TEAM now are aiming at running Copano Rickey in the Breeder's Cup Dirt Mile (Dirt 1600 maters Grade 1) on 4 November at Santa Anita USA. If it came realistic it will be the first attempt in overseas Grade 1 races from THE A-TEAM.
2016.03.20:One year has past since THE A-TEAM's Danon Legend(6yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) was celebrated by warm fans in Kochi. He again showed a great performance to grab back-to-back victory in the JPY21,000,000 local Grade 3 Kurofune Sho (Dirt 1400 meters) in 15 March 2016. He carried 58 kilograms for the first time but it was not a matter for him. THE A-TEAM was very happy to show how heavily-supported Danon Legend outclassed his rivals.
Danon Legend would follow the trail same as last year to run in the Tokyo Sprint at NAR's Ohi Racecourse on 6 Apr.
2016.01.07:THE A-TEAM's multiple grade one winner Copano Rickey(6yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) was crowned the Best Dirt Horse in 2015 JRA Awards. This is the first JRA Award reception for THE A-TEAM.
In 2015 Copano Rickey brought us to the winners circle at two grade one races the February Stakes in JRA Tokyo Racecourse and the JBC Classic in NAR's Ooi Racecourse. In both races Copano Rickey repeated his success in 2014.
2015.11.30:THE A-TEAM's rising sprinter Satono Lupin(4yo colt Deep Impact x Erimo Pixy) scored his first graded stakes win in the JPY38,000,000 Keihan Hai (Grade 3, Turf 1200 metres at JRA's Kyoto Racecourse) on 29 November.
THE A-TEAM is celebrating our first graded stakes win with Mr. Hajime Satomi, Japan's one of the most prominent owners and a great supporting power for us.
2015.11.04:THE A-TEAM's attempt for a double at the JBC was nearly came true when Copano Rickey(5yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) won JPY80,000,000 Local Grade 1 JBC Classic over 2000 metres on dirt just an hour after his team mate Danon Legend(5yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) finished second in JPY60,000,000 Local Grade 1 JBC Sprint over 1200 metres on dirt at NAR's Ooi Racecourse on 3 November.
Danon Legend showed a hard effort in chasing a speedy filly Corin Berry in the home straight but was outclassed by only three quarters of a length to finish second in his first try at Grade 1 races to capture JPY21,000,000.
Last year's JBC Classic winner from THE A-TEAM Copano Rickey once again showed a dominating performance to led all the way in this year's version of the race which decides the dirt champion in Japan. This is the fifth victory for him at Grade 1 races with winning two February Stakes and two JBC Classics as well as a Kashiwa Kinen.
2015.10.02:It was another dominating performance by THE A-TEAM's champion sprinter Danon Legend (5yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) in JPY35,000,000 Local Grade 2 Tokyo Cup over 1200 meters on dirt at NAR's Ooi Racecourse. He showed a nice early speed even from extreme outside barrier of 15 and thrashed the quality field by more than two lengths. His next outings is likely to be a big match in the Local Grade 1 JBC Sprint, same course and distance on 3 November.
2015.08.15:Another remarkable performance was seen when THE A-TEAM's top sprinter Danon Legend (5yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) won an dominating 6 lengths win in JPY23,000,000 Local Grade 3 Cluster Cup at NAR's Morioka Racecourse on 12 August.
Even after his defeat in the last start Hokkaido Sprint Cup, he was again supported as a 1.40 solid favourite in the race.
2015.04.10:THE A-TEAM's Danon Legend(5yo horse Macho Uno x My Goodness) satisfied the fans who hugely supported him as an odds on favourite in JPY27,000,000 Local Grade 3 Tokyo Sprint at NAR's Ooi Racecourse in 8 April. It was a first experience of night racing and sloppy track for him but he was capable enough to continue his Graded stakes winning streak to 3 following his victories in Capella Stakes and Kurofune Sho.
2015.03.30:THE A-TEAM has entered the following Satono Lupin to the Champions Mile on 3rd May 2015 at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong.
2015.03.20:THE A-TEAM has entered the following Love Is Boo Shet to the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup on 4th Apr 2015 at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong.
2015.02.25:The first Grade 1 race in JRA's racing calendar was once again won by THE A-TEAM. Hugely supported 2-1 favourite Copano Rickey(5yo horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) made a back-to-back win in the February Stakes (Grade 1, Dirt 1600 meters at JRA Tokyo Racecourse) and gained the prize money of JPY94,000,000.
Copano Rickey was the first horse in the history to win two consecutive February Stakes. 3 winners of the last 4 February Stakes were trained by THE A-TEAM with stable's old-legend Testa Matta winning in 2012.
It was unfortunate that a minor setback was found on Copano Rickey letting him to have a spell for a while but after a well-deserved rest Copano Rickey will come back to the racecourse in a full shape.
2015.01.20:THE A-TEAM has entered the following a horse to the Dubai World Cup Meeting on 28 March 2015 at Meydan Race Course, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Danon Legend(USA)(Dubai Golden Shaheen)
2014.12.28:THE A-TEAM's American bred Danon Legend(Macho Uno x My Goodness) made an impressive upset in the Grade 3 Capella Stakes for 1200 meters on dirt at JRA's Nakayama Racecourse on 14 December.
Danon Legend graduated from the Barrett's March Sale in 2012 where he was purchased by Danox Co Ltd at US$385,000. This victory gave him a first success at the graded stakes.
THE A-TEAM would like to express our sincere appreciation on Barrett's, where celebrating Danon Legend's victory on the top page of their website.
Now the time for THE A-TEAM to expect more to come on Danon Legend's superb performances which starts with Negishi Stakes or Kurofune Sho.
2014.11.05:After a summer spell, THE A-TEAM's champion dirt horse Copano Rickey made his comeback in a shape which could never be better by winning the JBC Classic at NAR's Morioka Racecourse.
He outclassed the field of Japan's top dirt performers including Chrysolite, Wonder Acute and Hokko Tarumae in a track record braking 2 min 00.8 for 2000 metres at Morioka.
Copano Rickey now ran 4 times in 2014, att in Grade 1 events with 3 wins and 1 second.
His next target will be the JPY179,400,000 (JPY94,000,000 for the winner) Champion's Cup (Grade 1) in Chukyo Racecourse on 7 Dec where he aims at his 4th Grade 1 victory and clear recognition as the nation's best horse on dirt.
2014.10.31:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 3 horses to Longines Hong Kong International Races on 14th Dec 2014 at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong.
Sakura Adonis(HK Sprint, HK Mile)
Satono Shuren(HK Vase, HK Cup)
Love Is Boo Shet(HK Vase, HK Cup)
2014.06.28:THE A-TEAM's Copano Rickey was hugely supported at 3-5 favourite in the Grade 1 Teio Sho at NAR's Ooi Racecourse on 25 June. In that race he was defeated only by a proven dirt performer Wonder Acute to secure a second placing earning JPY21,000,000.
Copano Rickey now has a spell until his autumn campaign where we will see another his exciting performances.
2014.05.06:THE A-TEAM's Copano Rickey won the Grade 1 Kashiwa Kinen (JPY 60,000,000) at NAR's Funabashi Racecourse on 5 May. This victory made Copano Rickey consecutive Grade 1 wins following his big shot win in the February Stakes.
2014.06.16:Former THE A-TEAM's star Testa Matta (8yo Tapit x Difficult) is now standing at Nokwon Farm in Jeju Island of Korea.
After his final run with THE A-TEAM in February, he was purchased by Nokwon Farm, one of the major private owned breeding farms in Korea and joind their stallion roster.
Started covering in April, Testa Matta has covered more than 100 times and 70 mares are believed to be in foaled to.
Akira Murayama, trainer of THE A-TEAM commented, "Producing stallions is one of the ultimate goals of THE A-TEAM and we are extremely glad with that Testa Matta being the first commercial stallion from THE A-TEAM.
I would like to express our sincere appreciation for Nokwon Farm for their support in introducing Testa Matta for Korean breeding market and we believe his future as a stallion be successful."
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2014.02.25:THE A-TEAM's Copano Rickey (4yo Horse Gold Allure x Copano Nikita) has won the February Stakes (Grade 1, Tokyo, Dirt 1600 meters) at a bottom favourite of the field of 16 priced incredible 272/1. The February Stakes is the first Grade 1 in the JRA racing calendar which offers total prizemoney of JPY 196,320,000 (approx US$1.9 million). It was a true lucky for Copano Rickey to get in the field by draw as he wasin the tie 16th in the elimination order before the race. Copano Rickey pulls out well after the race and Emirates Dubai World Cup(29 March, Grade 1, Meydan, UAE) or Kashiwa Kinen (5 May, Grade 1, Funabashi,Japan) are possible targets for him.
2014.01.19:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 7 horses to the Dubai World Cup Meeting on 29 March 2014 at Meydan Race Course, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Akari London(UAE Derby)
Copano Rickey(Dubai World Cup & Godolphin Mile)
Sakura Adnis(Al Quoz Sprint & Dubai Golden Shaheen)
Satono Shuren(Dubai Gold Cup & Dubai Sheema Classic)
Tanino Epaulette(Dubai Gold Cup & Dubai Sheema Classic)
Testa Matta(Dubai World Cup & Godolphin Mile)
Memorial Year(Al Quoz Sprint & Dubai Golden Shaheen)
2014.01.01:HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!!!
2013.10.31:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 2 horses to Longines Hong Kong International Races on 8th Dec 2013 at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong.
Satono Shuren(HK Vase, HK Cup)
Love Is Boo Shet(HK Cup, HK Vase)
2013.03.26:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 3 horses to the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup on 28th Apr 2013 at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong.
2013.03.08:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 4 horses to the Singapore International Races on 19th May 2013 at Kranji Racecourse, Singapore.
Satono Shuren(Singapore Airlines International Cup)
Three Orion(Singapore Airlines International Cup)
Tanino Epaulette(Singapore Airlines International Cup)
Memorial Year(KrisFlyer International Sprint)
2013.01.23:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 6 horses to the Dubai World Cup Meeting on 30 March 2013 at Meydan Race Course, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Copano Rickey(UAE Derby)
Satono Shuren(Dubai Gold Cup)
Tanino Epaulette(Dubai Gold Cup)
Danon Legend(UAE Derby)
Testa Matta(Dubai World Cup & Godolphin Mile)
Toshin Monstera(UAE Derby)
2012.02.22:Testa Matta scores the Grade 1 voctory in the February Stakes.
Many thanks for the support and greetings on THE A-TEAM's first memorable victory in JRA Grade 1 races as THE A-TEAM's ace Testa Matta was an impressive winner of the February Stakes over 1600 meters on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse on 19 Feb.
This was the second victory at the Grade 1 races since he won the Japan Dirt Derby at NAR's Ooi Racecourse in Jul 2009. We are the most pleased as Testa Matta finally showed his full ability after overcoming from injury and throat problem which kept him away from winner's circle for quite a while.
Decision should be made after discussing with the owner Mrs. Kazumi Yoshida, but option for him is open including Dubai World Cup on 31 Mar.
USA's leading breeding stud Gainesway Farm, where Testa Matta's sire Tapit is standing kindly mentions Testa Matta's Grade 1 victory at their web site.
Tapit's Testa Matta triumphs in G1 February S.
Japan Association for International Racing and Stud Book (JAIRS)'s web site also has a detailed article.
Testa Matta gains well-deserved G1 Victory in February Stakes
2012.01.21:THE A-TEAM has entered the following 7 horses to the Dubai World Cup Meeting on 31 March 2012 at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Danon Creator(UAE Derby)
Dream Charge(UAE Derby)
Pour Ma Chere(UAE Derby)
Satono Inspire(UAE Derby)
Tanino Epaulette(Dubai Gold Cup)
Testa Matta(Dubai World Cup and Godolphin Mile)
Three Orion(Dubai Gold Cup)
2012.01.15:Seasonal Greetings from THE A-TEAM!!
We always appreciate all the support for us and try our team's best to further success.
Our promising 3yo colt Silent Saturday is now two times winner and still unbeaten. His next start would be either Yayoi Sho (G2) on 4 March or Spring Stakes (G2) on 18 March as a prep for the Japanese classic races.
2011.04.12:THE A-TEAM's Testa Matta made an impressive win in the March Stakes (Grade 3) at Hanshin Racecourse on 10 Mar.
His comeback to the winner's circle was after a long break since he won the local Grade 1 Japan Dirt Derby at Ooi Racecourse on Jul 2009.
In his 1min 50sec flat trip he defeated very classy field including multiple grade race winners like Bravo Daisy, Oro Meister and La Verita. Testa Matta has recorded the fastest final 600m in 35.6 seconds to thrash his rivals by 2 length and a half.
He had overcome multiple setbacks over more than an year. After he ran 3rd in the Urawa Kinen in Dec 2009, he had found with Epiglottic Entrapment which he needed to undergo a surgery. After he ran a brilliant second to the champion dirt horse Espoir City in the February Stakes on Feb 2010, fracture in his right front cannon bone was found and again he had to have a long spell. He also experienced minor muscle setback just prior to his scheduled run in the Kawasaki Kinen forced him to scratch from this local group 1 race.
Akira Murayama, trainer for THE A-TEAM said "I beleived that his capability for racing remains high even after experiencing many setbacks. As he is supported by a lot of racing fans it is very happy to show them that he is as good shape as before."
His next start would probably be in the Teio Sho (local grade 1) at the Ooi Racecourse on 29 Jun. For the Autumn campaign his main target will obviously be the Japan Cup Dirt (Grade 1) on 4 Dec then the option even for running in the US$10million Emirates Dubai World Cup in March 2011.
2010.08.03:THE A-TEAM's consistent galloper Three Orion(Opera House - Three Cape) finally get into the open level as he won the Nihonkai Stakes at Niigata Racecourse on 25 July. With this win his career earnings exceeded JPY10,000,000 (approx US$ 1 million).
He now aims at continueing his consistent run in the group races.
Likewise last year, THE A-TEAM has entered him in the Australia's premier handicap Group1 races the BMW Caulfield Cup (20 Oct, turf 2,400 metres at Caulfield Racecource, Australia) and the memorable 150th running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup (2 nov, turf 3,200 metres at Flemington Racecourse , Australia).
2010.07.14:A 2010 bred King Kamehameha - Pink Papillon(by SundaySilence) colt, sold at JPY475,000 (approx US$520,000) in the JRHA Select Sale Foal Session is going to join the THE A-TEAM.
The sire King Kamehameha was the winner of the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) in 2004 for the proven trainer Kunihide Matsuda. Akira Murayama, the trainer of THE A-TEAM was a trackwork rider for Matsuda and he knows the saddle of King Kamehameha.
It is very pleased to have the very well priced colt at the JRHA Select Sale and THE A-TEAM is exciting to welcome this hopeful colt to our team.
2010.03.12:An American-bred 2yo colt by Indian Charlie, out of Uncommon Queen is going to join THE A-TEAM.
This colt is sold at US$675,000 in the Fasig-Tipton Calder Training Sale in 2 Mar 2010.
Akira Murayama, the trainer of THE A-TEAM is very pleased to welcome this very promising colt to our lineup.
2010.03.11:Testa Matta (4yo colt, Sire: Tapit, Mare: Difficult) was an eye-catching runner up in the strong field of the February Stakes-G1. THE-A-TEAM has improved our confident as Testa Matta outclassed the last year's winner Success Brocken and came close to the mighty winner Espoir City.
Another great thing for us is that Testa Matta has shown no symptoms of epiglottis entrapment thanks to successful surgical operation.
Unfortunately it has revealed that Testa Matta has a minor fracture in the right carpal bone ending up with not accepting to run in the Godolphin Mile-G2 which he had honorably received an invitation from the Dubai Racing Club.
We now are concentrating on recovering from his injury with future plans for him is being blank but since the trouble is very minor we hope he can come back in shape in near future for promising rest of his racing carrier.
This is another disappointing news for us after the last year's muscle stiffness on Kanetoshi Kosho (Sire: Grandera) which what we had to give up with attempting the UAE Derby-G2 where he had been invited to run.
The time is yet to come, however THE A-TEAM will continue challenging on the tough targets no matter whether in Japan or overseas.
2010.03.08:THE A-TEAM has entered 3 horses to the feature races in Champions Mile-G1 in Hong Kong.
Our entries are as follows;
Hokko Pas de Chat(JPN)
2010.01.20:THE A-TEAM has entered 4 horses to the feature races in the Dubai Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Our entries are as follows;
Direct Catch(JPN) Dubai Duty Free-G1, Godolphin Mile-G2
Hokko Pas de Chat(JPN) Dubai World Cup-G1, Dubai Duty Free-G1
Kanetoshi Kosho(JPN) Godolphin Mile-G2
Testa Matta(USA) Dubai World Cup-G1, Dubai Duty Free-G1, Godolphin Mile-G2
2009.11.08:World-famous jockey ANDREAS SUBORICS from Germany came back to Japan as a JRA short-term licensed jockey.
Thanks to friendship between Andreas Suborics and Akira Murayama, THE A-TEAM has welcomed him as a sponsor trainer.
2009.09.02:Hokko Pas de Chat, a prominent runner from THE A-TEAM has captured a first title in the Graded Stakes as he won the photo-finished Niigata Kinen (Grade 3) in the Niigata Racecourse on 30 August.
This victory is not only at the single race, but also raised Hokko Pas de Chat to the champion in the "Summer 2000 Series", the series of Graded stakes races over 2000 meters.
This is the third successive eye-catching run for Hokko Pas de Chat at the Graded stakes level as following third placegetting by less than a half length in the Tanabata Sho (Grade 3) and a ruuner-up by a nose in the Kokura Kinen (Grade 3).
THE A-TEAM is proud of the effort that Hokko Pas de Chat has shown in these three races in the season of extreme heat. We also would like to express our sincerest appreciation for all the supporters and for the former trainer Mr. Mitsumasa Hamada and his team, who have trained Hokko Pas de Chat until March this year.
THE A-TEAM has planned to bring Hokko Pas de Chat to Australia for the Tatts Cox Plate at the Mooney Valley, Melbourne in 24 October. However, due to the quarantine protocols being unsettled, his first attempt in the Grade 1 level is likely to be the Tenno Sho Autumn at the Tokyo Racecourse in 1 November.
10 Million Japanese Yen (approx US$100,000) of the prizemoney for the Summer 2000 Series Champion is awarded to THE A-TEAM. We will reinvest an entire part of this fund for our horse's welfare. The mist-atomizing system in the barn will be one of the investments that THE A-TEAM is going to implement thanks to the bonus that Hokko Pas de Chat has given to us.
The mist-atomizing system is a common feature among the stables in Japan. The system not only works in cooling-down the barns in the summer season, but also prevents troubles in horse's respiratory system that often being contributed from dry environment. We hope that with the new misting system the horses in the THE A-TEAM can have more comfort in the stable and can show further improvement in their performance.