Lord Kanaloa: Dubai trip not on for the Hong Kong Sprint winnerPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Lord Kanaloa makes winning return
Report: Japan, Sunday
Hanshin: Hankyu Hai (Grade 3) 7f, turf, 4yo+
LAST year's Hong Kong Sprint winner Lord Kanaloa (Takayuki Yasuda/Yasunari Iwata) easily won his first race since early December as he prepares for the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen.
Lord Kanaloa raced in fifth before striking for home with two furlongs remaining, holding second favourite and last year's winner Majin Prosper by three-quarters of a length. It was his ninth win from 14 starts.
His owner said the five-year-old would not head to Dubai, where he had a nomination for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, but instead compete in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, in which he finished third last year. Iwata said: "I don't think he'll be beaten this year.