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Osumi Ichiban wins the Diolite Kinen - Funabashii 13.03.13

Front-running outsider Osumi Ichiban (right) wins the Diolite Kinen

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

Outsider Osumi Inchiban steals it from the front

Report: Japan, Wednesday

Funabashi: Diolite Kinen (Grade 2) 1m4f, dirt, 4yo+

OUTSIDER Osumi Ichiban (Yoshiyuki Arakawa/Shinji Kawashima) made all to land Japan's top Graded race for dirt stayers.

The favourite, dual Grade 1-winner Hatano Vainqueur, made ground from midfield and chased the leader but could only finish a neck down in second. Second favourite Solitary King was four lengths back in third.

Osumi Ichiban was winning his fourth race, and his second in Graded company, on his 15th start.

Jockey Kawashima, who also rode the winner's dam Osumi Haruka, said: "I decided to go to the front from the first. His mum Haruka was a front-runner so I wanted to try it. I want to do my best in partnership with him from now on."

 
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