Japan: Lachesis goes one better in QEII Cup

Report: Japan, Sunday

Kyoto: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (Grade 1) 1m3f, turf, 3yo+ f/m

LAST year’s runner-up Lachesis (Katsuhiko Sumii/Yuga Kawada) went one better in Sunday’s QEII Cup as the four-year-old claimed the favourite Nuovo Record to score by a neck.

Sent off 5.8-1 third choice in the market, the Deep Impact filly was winning her first Grade 1 event, but for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii it was a 20th success at the top level.

Oaks winner Nuovo Record broke sharply and sat closer to the lead before hitting the front a furlong out but she was unable to hold off Lachesis, who had raced in mid-division, in the final strides.

“Her start wasn’t great but we were able to position ourselves in an ideal spot behind Nuovo Record during the first two corners,” reported jockey Yuga Kawada. “We were squeezed in a bit at the straight but she had plenty of run and the will to go and really stretched well up to the finish.”

The first race of the four-race Japan Autumn International series, the QE II Cup carried prize-money of 177.5 million yen (£975,000).

Also on Sunday

Fukushima: Fukushima Kinen (Grade 3 hcap) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+

Mickael Barzalona, granted a ten-day licence to ride at JRA tracks from November 15-24, landed a length-and-a-quarter victory on Mitra (Kiyoshi Hagiwara) in this 76.8m yen (£422m) event.

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