Japan: Awardee strikes for sixth consecutive win
Awardee wins the JBC Classic in Japan
PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi Awardee strikes for sixth consecutive win By Masakazu Takahashi 1:45PM 3 NOV 2016
Report: Japan, Thursday
Kawasaki: JBC Classic (Grade 1) 1m2½f, dirt, 3yo+
AWARDEE (Mikio Matsunaga/Yutaka Take) recorded a remarkable sixth consecutive victory and first at Grade 1 level when staying on strongly to register a three-quarter length success in the JBC Classic.
A half-brother to stablemate and Grade 2 UAE Derby winner Lani, the six-year-old now boasts an impressive record of ten winners from 32 starts on the dirt after Thursday's win at the highest level.
Take said: "I am so happy. He is the easiest to control and the post position was good because I wanted to be near the leaders. the pace was slow but he doesn't like to be in front so I didn't want to catch Hokko Tarumae to soon. I wanted him to be a Grade 1 winner today, and he was strong."
Awardee will now run in the Champions Cup at Chukyo in December, connections also keen on a trip to Dubai along with Lani next March.
Also at Kawasaki on Thursday
JBC Sprint (Grade 1) 7f, dirt, 3yo+
Danon Legend (Akira Murayama) marked his first Grade 1 win when making all under Mirco Demuro in the JCB Sprint, beating favourite Best Warrior by three lengths, with last year's winner Corin Berry five lengths further back in third.
Demuro said: "This win means a lot to me. After the break, he took the lead with his speed and went a good gallop without the pressure from the other horses. I want to thank the trainer and the owner because they trusted me despite some losing runs."
Murayama added that Danon Legend could take in big races abroad next year.
JBC Ladies Classic (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 3yo+ mares & fillies
Last year's winner White Fugue (Noboru Takagi/Masayoshi Ebina) defended her title when getting the better of Oka Sho-winner Let's Go Donki close home.
Ebina said: "I didn't want to make the running so I was relieved that I could settle her in a good position behind the leaders. I think that she has grown up and can continue to get good results."