Sho­nan Pan­dora in shock Ja­pan Cup win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

TOKYO: Long-shot Sho­nan Pan­dora stunned favourite Lovely Day to win the Ja­pan Cup by a nose yes­ter­day, keep­ing the tro­phy out of the hands of for­eign­ers for a 10th suc­ces­sive year. The four-year-old 9/1 bet pro­duced an elec­tri­fy­ing fin­ish in the home straight to beat Last Im­pact and Lovely Day and be­come the sev­enth filly to win Ja­pan’s rich­est race, run over 2,400 me­tres on turf in Tokyo. Sho­nan Pan­dora and Last Im­pact are both off­spring of the beloved Ja­panese horse Deep Im­pact, a triple crown win­ner and win­ner of the Ja­pan Cup in 2006. Not since Frankie Det­tori rode the Bri­tish-trained Alka­ased to vic­tory in 2005 has a for­eign horse won the cup, which has a to­tal purse of around $5.2 mil­lion. “The horse was in fan­tas­tic shape so I just tried to give it ev­ery­thing in the sad­dle,” vic­to­ri­ous jockey Kenichi Ike­zoe told re­porters af­ter com­plet­ing vic­tory in two min­utes, 24.7 sec­onds. —AFP

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