Denim And Ruby wins the Flora Stakes at TokyoPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Denim And Ruby puts herself in Oaks picture
Report: Japan, Sunday
Tokyo: Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes (Grade 2) 1m2f, turf, 3yo fillies
DENIM AND RUBY (Katsuhiko Sumii / Hiroyuki Uchida) came from a position near the rear to run down her rivals in the home straight as she won her first graded stakes.
As was the case in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas), the first and second, Ever Blossom, are daughters of Deep Impact and they now take a prominent position in the list of fancied runners for the Japanese Oaks.
Uchida said: "I rode her to run her own race. In the previous race, she used her brilliant burst [of speed], so I believed in her though the ground was a little wrong. She is very clever, so I will rode her with confidence in the Japanese Oaks."
Kyoto: Yomiuri Milers Cup (Grade 2) 1m, turf, 4yo+
GRAND PRIX BOSS (Yoshito Yahagi / Suguru Hamanaka), who was settled in midfield until the home turn, caught his rivals at the top of the straight en route to landing his 5th graded stakes.
The five-year-old was only fifth favourite in his first race after he disappointed in the Hong Kong Mile last December, but he was back to winning ways against domestic company.
Hamanaka said: "He was very relaxed today. When I rode him in his track work I felt he was in good condition. His running today was one of Grade 1 winner's and it was a good step for him to go to the Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen."