JAPAN: Spielberg relegates Gentildonna to second billing

Gentildonna wins the Sheema Classic Dubai 29.3.14

Gentildonna: won the Sheema Classic at Meydan in Marchi

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

RYAN MOORE’S Japan Cup and Dubai Sheema Classic winner Gentildonna was beaten into second under Keita Tosaki in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho before a crowd of more than 100,000 in Tokyo on Sunday.

The Deep Impact mare, who was also runner-up in the corresponding race last year, was beaten by Spielberg who was giving trainer Kazuo Fujisawa his fifth success in the race, the first coming in 1996.

The Japan Cup is likely to be the next race for the winner, who is also by Deep Impact. “He has a liking for the course,” said trainer Kazuo Fujisawa after the win by three-quarters of a length.

Winning jockey Hiroshi Kitamura said: “He’s never a sharp starter but we were able to travel smoothly down the backstretch. I guided him out to avoid the leaders bunched up at the top of the stretch, and he responded beautifully.”

He added: “He has been lightly with long intervals, but he’s gaining strength and developing well. As long as he’s fit I’m sure he’ll continue to show good results.”

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