He is a antagonist. He was also a protagonist. He is a great side character. He is also the main character. He played heel role. He also played hero’s role. He played all at same time. His name was Rice Shower. He was called the dark Hitman.
Rice shower was born in 1989 in Hokkaido. His sire was Real Shadai, and out of Malzensky mare lilac point. He was a dark bay colt, calm, smart easy to handle horse who gave his hadlers no trouble. Rice shower enterd the gates for the first time as a two year old, and raced up till six, racking up three G1 wins on the way.
When Rice shower was three, on the triple crown trail was ‘cyborg’ Mihono Burbon. The big muscle monster who had been trained up the uphill track in the west had won the first two legs of the triple crown, but the ‘side character’ Rice shower had lost them to ‘main character’ Mihono Burbon. The last leg of triple crown, the Kikka sho, completed over 3000 meters in Kyoto turned up with Mihono Burbon as the favorite.
Rice shower had stormed pass Mihono Burbon in the strech, and stopped Mihono Burbon’s triple crown bid. The crowd that had turned up to watch Mihono Burbon’s triple crown jeered. Rice shower became the antagonist on his favorite track, Kyoto.
Mejiro McQueen was big gray stallion who had won back to back Tenno sho(spring) completed over 3200 meters in tokyo. He was coming back for another score in the Tenno sho(spring), and the protagonist had the ‘genius’ Yutaka take in the saddle. Meanwhile, the antagonist rice shower was prepped to beat Mejiro McQueen.
the race day came around, and Rice shower was a different horse. He had endured the tough abusive training, and lost 12 kilograms, and didn’t have a milligram of extra meat on him. The goblin that lured underneath rice shower’s skin had awakened, and the horse had the air of the fury of a beast, a air that a predator would have. He was ready to beat up anything in his path, anything including the main character. Someone said, he’s gonna win.
Rice shower stopped Mejiro McQueen’s bid for the three time Tenno Sho(spring) win. But he was unable to become the main character. After his win, Rice shower fell into two year long slump. He was called as a horse that has already ended, a horse that has burned out. Also, rice shower fractured a leg, and was almost retired. He came back anyway, but public’s interest had shifted to younger star Narita Brian.
The race day of Tenno sho(spring) came around, and Rice shower was entered in it for first time since his Tenno sho(spring) win two years ago. Rice shower, recovering from his slump, won the event, in a time two seconds shorter then when he had won in record time two years ago. He might have been slow, but it was a win. The public view of Rice shower shifted. He was becoming a protagonist.
Rice shower came out of the race badly, and it was thought that he would pass his next race, the Takarazuka kinen. But, the fans had voted him as a favorite, and because the Tarakazuka kinen would be completed in Kyoto, Rice shower was entered. It was his first race to start as a main character and a protagonist.
Rice shower tripped and fell down in the final turn splintering his left foreleg. The injury was so bad that he couldn’t be moved, and was euthanized on the spot. His jockey saluted as the horse trailer carried Rice shower’s body away.
Rice shower was a stayer who wins over 3000 meters. As a proof, his G1 wins all comes in over 3000 meter long race. He was a last of the true stayers in Japan. He was a ‘hero’ that beat the superstar Mihono Burbon and Mejiro McQueen from some people’s perspective, or a heel that beat a superstar from someone else’s perspective. He was a side character, a side dish that adds flavor to the main dish. Also, he was the main dish, a Hitman who had fought against his superior enemies. His victory against Mejiro McQueen is a miracle and a nightmare at the same time.