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Curren Black Hill strikes blow for Classic crop

Report: Japan, Sunday

Tokyo: Mainichi Okan (Grade 2) 1m1f, turf, 3yo+

NHK Mile Cup winner Curren Black Hill (Osamu Hirata/Sinichiro Akiyama) struck a blow for the Classic crop as he stretched his unbeaten record to five in this Tenno Sho (Autumn) prep.

He won by a neck over fellow three-year-old Just A Way.

"He has grown up during the summer," said trainer Hirata. "I will be confident of his chances in the Tenno Sho - I'm sure that 2,000 metres is not too long for him."

Also in Japan

Kyoto, Monday: Kyoto Daishoten (Grade 2) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
Orfevre's regular rider Kenichi Ikezoe partnered Meisho Kampaku (Yoshiyuki Arakawa) to his first graded-stakes victory as he scored by a neck over Oken Bruce Lee.

Morioka: Nambu Hai (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 3yo+
Leading dirt performer Espoir City (Akio Adachi/Tetsuzo Sato), who won this back in 2009, landed his seventh Grade 1 victory by an easy four lengths. "I thought he would win as his fighting spirit is back," said jockey Sato.

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