The racecourse of Hanshin is situated in the Western part of Japan in Takarazuka in the Hyogo region and was first opened  for racing in 1949. It boasts 4 courses and has flat and jump racing. It hosts 5 major race meetings annually.  It hosts 4 Group 1 races each year.
  The Japanese 1000 Guineas (Oka Sho) is run each April for 3 year olds over 1600 metres. The inaugural running in 1939 was won by Soul Lady. More recently in 2008 Reginetta was successful.

It also plays host to the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies race.

The Japan Dirt Cup is run over 1800 metres and was introduced to Hanshin for the first time in December 2008 when Kane Hekii was successful.
  The Takarazuka Kinen is held over 2200 metres and was first contested in 1960 over the shorter distance of 1600 metres when Homare Hiro prevailed. The most recent 2008 winner was Eishin Deputy.


If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net