Kyoto racecourse can be found in Western Japan in Fushimi-Ku in Kyoto and first opened its gates in 1924. It underwent a period of refurbishment completed in 1999 and has 4 courses. It holds 5 major meetings annually. Its principal races are the Japanese St Leger ( Kikuka Sho ), the Tenno Sho and the Queen Elizabeth Second Cup. It also holds 2 further Group 1 races.
  The St Leger is for 3 year olds and is run over 3000 metres. Its inaugural running was in 1938 when Tetsumon prevailed. The most recent 2008 winner was the cutely named Oken Bruce Lee.  
The Tenno Sho is unusual in that it is run in late April or early May over 3200 metres, and again in October when run over 2000 metres.
  The Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup was first held in 1976 over 12 furlongs when Diamante was victorious. Yutaka Take claimed the race on 4 consecutive occasions from 2001-4, the last twice aboard Admire Groove.


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