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Meisho Mambo storming to victory at Tokyo on Sunday

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi 

Meisho Mambo bounces back to capture Oaks

Report: Japan, Sunday

Tokyo: Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (Grade 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo fillies

MEISHO MAMBO (Akihiro Iida/Koshiro Take) put a disappointing effort in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) behind her to claim victory in her nation's Oaks at Tokyo racecourse on Sunday.

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Tenth at Hanshin last month, Meisho Mambo was sent off a 28-1 chance, but travelled smoothly under Take and shot clear in the final two furlongs.

She had enough left to repel the fast-finishing Ever Blossom and give her trainer his biggest success.

Denim And Ruby, the 23-10 favourite, was third with 1,000 Guineas winner Ayusan fourth.

Take, the younger brother of star rider Yutaka, said: "It has been rarer more than ever that I'm riding in Grade 1 races so I'm especially pleased.

"All the staff took care of her very well after the Oka Sho. Her owner [Yoshio Matsumoto] has given me chances every time and I'm very happy to win such big race with his horse."

Last year's Oaks was won by crack filly Gentildonna.

 
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