Just A Way comes right away from his rivals at NakayamaPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Just A Way warms up for Dubai Duty Free in style
Report: Japan, Sunday
Nakayama: Nakayama Kinen (Grade 2) 1m1f, turf, 4yo+
LAST year's Tenno Sho (Autumn) winner Just A Way (Naosuke Sugai/Norihiro Yokoyama) warmed up for the Dubai Duty Free with a stylish victory in the Nakayama Kinen, in which his big-race rival Tokei Halo could manage only sixth after a sluggish start.
Yokoyama, standing in for the s uspended Yuichi Fukunaga, made a daring challenge in the straight and Just A Way had three and a half lengths to spare over Archimedes with last year's Japanese 2,000 Guineas winner Logotype third.
The winning rid er said: "He was so strong because he went through such a narrow gap. I'm just relieved I could act as a substitute today and hope he runs his best in Dubai."
Sugai, who trains the five-year-old for Akatsuki Yamat oya, added: "It was a good ride and we are confident we will be able to challenge in Dubai."
Tokei Halo, also engaged in the Dubai Duty Free, was expected to make the running, but was slowly away and faded after being asked to challenge.
His rider Yutaka Take said: "He was nervous today and he couldn't start well after he hit his nose on the barrier."