The world famous Grand National steeplechase took place here in the UK yesterday and funnily enough on that theme the JRA (Japan Racing Association) have announced that all AKB48 members over the age of 20 years old (there’s 28 in all) will take in a special betting challenge for the honour of taking part in a CM which will air in the Autumn.
The members will get to bet on 5 big races that take place between April 29th to May 27th (the day of the Japan Derby). The competition rules is very simple – it will be based on a point system in that each time one of their bet wins they’ll be awarded a point. The member with the most points will get to star in JRA’s CM.You’ll be able to see the progress of the members after each race on their ‘Gachi Uma’ website.
2 members (Mariko and Sae) will have an advantage over the rest as they’ve been on TV programmes in the past betting on horse races. It depends how serious the rest will take this challenge. Will they look at the form of the horses etc or just pick a horse with a name they fancy? I’m hoping that Umechan will win this challenge!
These are the participants taking part:
Team A: Aki Takajo, Sayaka Nakaya, Minami Takahashi, Natsumi Matsubara, Mariko Shinoda, Atsuko Maeda, Haruka Nakagawa, Asuka Kuramochi, Haruna Kojima, Shizuka Oya, Chisato Nakata, Haruka Katayama
Team K: Sakiko Matsui, Tomomi Itano, Yuko Oshima, Sayaka Akimoto, Ayaka Umeda, Sae Miyazawa, Misato Nonaka
Team B: Yuka Masuda, Tomomi Kasai, Yuki Kashiwagi, Rie Kitahara, Amina Sato, Natsuki Sato, Kana Kobayashi, Mariya Suzuki
Team 4: Mina Oba