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What Made Almond Eye Such a Special Horse?

Almond Eye is a Japanese racing horse that went into retirement in late 2020. Before this time she took part in a number of high-profile Japanese races, winning many of them and breaking a few records along the way.

The prize money she won throughout her time as a champion racehorse was also record-breaking. However, there have been a number of racehorses that have done well over the years, with Japanese horse racing being no exception – so what exactly made Almond Eye so special?

Well, this article takes a look at some of her achievements, which you can see have been very forthcoming throughout her racing career.

What Made Almond Eye So Good?

There is no denying that Almond Eye will be fondly remembered as one of the greatest female racehorses in the history of Japanese racing. In fact many people will tell you they consider her to be the number one horse overall, but you’ll have to make up your mind on that.

For starters, she is the only Japanese horse to win nine Group 1s on turf. 8 of these were on a circuit for the Japan Racing Association (a record in itself) and one G1 race on Dubai turf. There are some close competitors with T M Opera O, Symboli Kris S, Deep Impact, Vodka, Gentildonna and Kitasan Black having won 7 Japan Racing Association circuit races, but no one doing quite as well as Almond Eye.

Races that Almond Eye has come out on top of are Oka Sho (1,000 Guineas), Yushun HImba (Oaks) and Shuka Sho (fillies’ St Leger), all of which she won during 2018. 2019 was a great year when she won her first Japan Cup and then the Tonno Sh the following year. She won that again in 2020 as well as the Victoria Mile and the Japan Cap that year – making her only the second horse to win two Japan Caps. The only other horse to do this is Gentildonna in 2012 and 2013.

Placing A Bet on Almond Eye

You can place all sorts of bets at the Vera John casino in Japan, including horse racing if you wish to. Whatever type of bet you wish to place, it makes sense to do some research and look at the form so far.

Almond Eye has a fantastic track record (11 wins from 15 career starts). However, she has now gone into retirement – crowned the highest prize-money earner ever in Japanese racing – earning around £13.8 million. Previous to this the highest prize earner was Kitasan Black who had won £13.5 million.

Almond Eye retired in December 2020, no doubt enjoying a well-earned rest. However Japanese horse racing continues and continues to be popular. If you’re looking to follow the racing, or you wish to place a bet it is worth having a look at racing records and seeing how well horses have done previously.

No one can guarantee that any bet you will place will win, but you certainly improve your chances by doing some research and paying attention to what is happening before you decide which racehorse to bet your money on. You might not win quite as much as our record-breaking horse Almond Eye, but who knows where your betting future may lead you!