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Watch seven-year-old son of Kitten's Joy win same Group 1 as his dam 20 years on

Believe had taken the 2002 Sprinters Stakes and now seventh foal Gendarme scores

Gendarme and Kiwamu Ogino in front on the run to the line at Nakayama
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US-bred Gendarme made it a first Group 1 success - and a first for rider Kiwamu Ogino - when holding the fast-finishing Win Marvel by a neck in the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.

In what is the championship contest for Japanese sprinters, Naran Huleg was three-quarters of a length back in third, while favourite Meikei Yell could manage only 14th in the 16-runner race over six furlongs.

A son of Kitten's Joy out of the Sunday Silence mare and top Japanese sprinter Believe, who was in 2003 named best older mare, the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained seven-year-old Gendarme was winning for the seventh time on his 29th start.

His dam Believe had won the Sprinters Stakes in 2002, and Gendarme is her seventh foal and the first Graded stakes winner.

Ogino said: "We got a good post position and his concerned breaking was good today. I could drive him very smoothly until the straight.

"I thought the ground was better for the frontrunner today. He ran well, and responded well to hold his rival near the finish. I did my best to make him show his ability in the straight."

"I'd like to say thank you to Gendarme, and his connections. I want to focus my energy to improve my technique."

Meikei Yell's rider Kenichi Ikezoe said: "She was little bit high tension but it is as usual, and she looked good before the start. I don't think the race was not bad for her, I can't say anything about the reason for this defeat, though it was her second race in three weeks.

"I am so sorry for the defeat given she was the favourite."


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He ran well, and responded well to hold his rival near the finish. I did my best to make him show his ability in the straight
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