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Prosperous Days out to pounce in Leopard Stakes


Three-year-old colt Prosperous Days steps back to G3 level for the Leopard Stakes over nine furlongs on dirt at Niigata, Japan, on Sunday, 5 August. 

The son of Hard Spun, trained by Mitsugu Kon and ridden by Keisuke Dazai, gained a decisive victory over the same distance on his latest appearance in the Nobi Tokubetsu at Chukyo on 7 July. 

Prosperous Days disappointed on his graded stakes debut in the mile G3 Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo on 17 June, but captured an allowance race over the same course and distance on 27 May.

A field of 15 three-year-old for the Leopard Stakes also features Great Time and Engrosser, who were second and third in the Unicorn Stakes, plus the hat-trick seeking duo of Arctos and Admire Victor. 

Harry Sweeney, President of Godolphin in Japan, commented: “Prosperous Days has every right to line up in the G3 Leopard Stakes on Sunday and I am really interested to see how he fares. 

“He has won three of his six starts, all on dirt and between a mile and nine furlongs. Significantly, he earned Japanese black-type on his last start.  

“Hard Spun has done well with his dirt runners in Japan, and this is certainly the right surface and distance for Prosperous Days.”