Japan: Soul Stirring gives Frankel first Group 1 success

Frankel: sired his first top-level winner in Japan on Sunday

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Filly Soul Stirring gives Frankel first Group 1 win By Keith Melrose 10:16AM 11 DEC 2016

Report: Japan, Sunday

Hanshin: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1) 1m, 2yo fillies, turf

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WHILE the focus on wonder horse Frankel's progeny in Britain has bordered on the obsessive in 2016, his first Grade 1 win as a stallion came on the other side of the world on Sunday as Soul Stirring took the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.

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The filly, who is out of six-time Group 1 winner Stacelita, kept up her unbeaten record, moving to the front a furlong out under Christophe Lemaire and winning comfortably by a length and a quarter from second-favourite Lys Gracieux.

Lemaire, who also won the same race last year, told the Japan Racing Association: "I'm ecstatic. It's so special because I used to also ride her dam Stacelita.

"I was confident from the beginning and we were in a good position and she was relaxed. She easily hit the front at the stretch and with her big strides and stamina. I think she can go a little bit further in distance."

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is one of Japan's leading contest for two-year-olds. It has been won by future champions such as Vodka and Buena Vista, while last year's winner Major Emblem also went on to record Grade 1 success at three in 2016.

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