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Hokko Tarumae

Hokko Tarumae runs out a clear winner of the JBC Classic

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

World Cup bid mooted for Hokko Tarumae

Report: Japan, Monday

Kanazawa: JBC Classic (Grade 1) 3yo+, 1m2½f, dirt

HOT favourite Hokko Tarumae (Katsuichi Nishiura/Hideaki Miyuki) landed the biggest race in the Japanese Breeding Firms' Cup series by making all to win by two lengths.

Connections of the winning son of King Kamehameha announced a possible shot at the Dubai World Cup next March after he won his third race at Grade 1 level.

Miyuki said: "I had no plan to get the lead but he relaxed and ran well. He is so strong! I think he has been the top of Japanese dirt horses."

Also at Kanazawa

JBC Sprint (Grade 1) 3yo+, 7f, dirt

EIGHT-year-old Espoir City (Akio Adachi/Hiroki Goto) marked his ninth Grade 1 race by routing his younger challengers from the home turn to win from Dream Valentino, runner-up in this year's Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Winning jockey Goto, who had been out of action with a severe injury for more than a year, was winning his second Grade 1 with Espoir City following the Nambu Hai since his return.

He said: "I was crying when I won the Nambu Hai because it was soon after the returning from the time off. But now I have my full confidence back and feel strong."

JBC Lady's Classic (Grade 1) 3yo+ fillies and mares, 7½f, dirt

ODDS-ON favourite Medeia (Kazuhide Sasada/Toru Hamanaka) won the new Grade 1 race.

She couldn't be settled by Hamanaka at middle of the race but after catching the leader easily before the home turn, she showed her best stride to break through to win.

Hamanaka said: "I know her strength so I worried to make her use her pace smoothly. Thanks to her I could experience many different racecourses. They are very precious opportunities for me."

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