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Hatano Vainqueur lands Grade 1 Kawasaki Kinen

Report: Japan, Wednesday

Kawasaki: Kawasaki Kinen (Grade 1) 1m2½f, dirt, 4yo+

SECOND favourite Hatano Vainqueur (Mitsugu Kon/Hirofumi Shii) landed the first Grade 1 of the year on Wednesday.

Runner up in the Grade 1 Tokyo Daishoten at the end of last year, this was a second win at the highest level following victory in last year's Japan Dirt Derby.

Racing in third on the inside, Hatano Vainqueur went to the front at the top of the home straight and kept on to win by half a length from the fast-finishing Wonder Acute.

Shii said: "This was his first run on a left-hand track but he ran well. He is not good going around turns, so I went for home early after the end of the back straight.

"I think it will be a big year for him this year, so I am happy to win the first Grade 1 of this year."

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