Fumino Imagine (white silks) wins the Sapporo Kinen on SundayPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Fumino Imagine lands
valuable Sapporo Kinen
Report: Japan, Sunday
Sapporo: Sapporo Kinen (Grade 2) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+
FUMINO IMAGINE (Masaru Honda/ Keisuke Dazai) landed the richest Grade 2 in Japan as he took the Sapporo Kinen, an important prep for the Grade 1 Tenno Sho Autumn.
Favourite Dark Shadow, runner-up of last year's Tenno Sho Autumn and having his first run since a disappointing ninth in the Dubai Duty Free in March, tracked leader Aliseo at a steady pace and shot past the leader around the home turn.
Dazai said: "I believed she could win if I could make her run smoothly. She is very strong because she beat Grade 1-class horses."