Kitasan Ebony and Yutake simply take win the Japan Cup at Tokyo
PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
By Keith Melrose 6:48AM 27 NOV 2016
Report: Tokyo, Sunday
Japan Cup (Grade 1), 1m4f, 3yo+, turf
PREFERRED Kitasan Black, the champ stayer in Japan, landed the nation’s richest battle, the Japan Cup, making all under a calculated Yutake Take.
The four-year-old won last year’s Japanese St Leger together with Tenno Sho (Spring, 2m) in May, but a top-level success over middle distances had eluded him so far. Used stall 1, he never ever looked anything other than the winner as his jockey controlled the battle from the off.
Having secured the lead into the very first fold, Take stretched them away in the straight back straight after which allowed their mount a quick respite prior to the final turn.
While the industry fanned down throughout the track, challenges arrived and went, the strongest being fully a belated surge from appears Of world. Kitasan Ebony had been never ever threatened for more than an instant, but and crossed the line around two . 5 lengths clear, simply take saluting the 85,000-strong audience as he secured a fourth success in battle.
Cheval Grand additionally arrived house strongly to nick 3rd. Gold Actor, another of market principals who had held a good place throughtout, had been 4th.
Europeans out of fortune
Three European-trained horses had attemptedto snap a dominance by the home players that stretches back into Alkaassed 11 years ago. Erupt seemed to hold the strongest chance after finishing sixth a year ago, but he finished nearby the back of this field, along with Nightflower.
Grosser Preis von Baden winner Iquitos fared better, completing 7th, but may have been also greater. Having turned in one of the last handful, he wound up internally train that jockeys had spurned all day long but nevertheless rattled home.
The strongest European interest had been Ryan Moore, who’d currently ridden a double regarding the card, aboard Dubai Turf champion Real Steel. He had been drawn 16 of 17 even though Moore elected to play for handy place he sacrificed address because of this and their mount took a bit to stay.
The set turned in nevertheless looking among the champion’s bigger threats, however the horse again proved Moore’s enemy, edging right under pressure. They in the course of time faded into fifth.
Your day belonged to Kitasan Ebony, but who can apparently have Dubai together with Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on his agenda next year. Their 80-year-old owner Saburo Kitajima, a famous singer in Japan, serenaded the audience on podium throughout the post-race presentation.