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St Leger Winner Triumphs In 2016 Arima Kinen

Classic winning three-year-old Satono Diamond edged out Japan Cup Kitasan Black to win Sunday's Arima Kinen at Nakayama.

St Leger Winner Triumphs In 2016 Arima Kinen

Classic winning three-year-old Satono Diamond edged out Japan Cup Kitasan Black to win Sunday's Arima Kinen at Nakayama.

Satono Diamond Horseform gave French jockey Christophe Lemaire his 10th G1 win in Japan and his second Arima Kinen victory when he ran down Kitasan Black Horseform to win by a neck.

The win capped a big month for Satono Diamond's owner Hajime Satomi and trainer Yasutoshi Ikee after another pf their star performers Satono Crown won the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on December 11.


Kitasan Black's backers would have been on good terms with themselves for much of the final furlong as the Japan Cup winner valiantly saw off a determined challenge from last year's Arima Kinen hero Gold Actor.

However Satono Diamond, winner of the Japanese St Leger in October, stayed on powerfully down the outside to confirm himself as a champion middle-distance colt.

Lemaire said: "He can be a little difficult at times but he was able to relax when I placed him behind Kitasan Black and put in a strong finish.

"He has won the Arima Kinen as a three-year-old and he is a fine colt with a lot of talent, stamina and great potential to become a strong contender in big races next year.

"I have partnered Satono Diamond since he was a newcomer and he's become a super horse.”

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is likely to be on the winner's agenda next year.

Lemaire had partnered Heart's Cry to a memorable success over Satono Diamond's sire Deep Impact in the Arima Kinen in 2005.

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106919
R10 NAKAYAMA 25 December 2016
ARIMA KINEN (THE GRAND PRIX) 3U , 2500m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
11. SATONO DIAMOND (JPN)
4yo H
Y IKEE
C P LEMAIRE
55.0
$3.60
 
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MALPENSA (ARG)
Hajime Satomi
2nd  
1. KITASAN BLACK (JPN)
5yo H
H SHIMIZU
YUTAKA TAKE
57.0
$3.70
 
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN)
Ono Shoji
3rd  
2. GOLD ACTOR (JPN)
6yo H
TADASHIGE NAKAGAWA
HAYATO YOSHIDA
57.0
$8.90
 
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - HEILONG XING (JPN)
 Hisayo Ishiro
4th  4. YAMAKATSU ACE (JPN)
5yo H
KANEO IKEZOE
K IKEZOE
57.0
$33.60
5th  8. MIKKI QUEEN (JPN)
5yo Mare
Y IKEE
S HAMANAKA
55.0
$22.90
6th  14. CHEVAL GRAND (JPN)
5yo H
Y TOMOMICHI
Y FUKUNAGA
57.0
$17.20
7th  15. ALBERT (JPN)
6yo H
N HORI
K TOSAKI
57.0
$69.00
8th  6. SOUNDS OF EARTH (JPN)
6yo H
K FUJIOKA
M DEMURO
57.0
$9.70
9th  13. DENIM AND RUBY (JPN)
7yo Mare
KATSUHIKO SUMII
M BARZALONA
55.0
$72.00
10th  16. MARIALITE (JPN)
6yo Mare
T KUBOTA
M EBINA
55.0
$20.30
11th  10. ADMIRE DEUS (JPN)
6yo H
M HASHIDA
Y IWATA
57.0
$52.50
12th  9. HIT THE TARGET (JPN)
9yo H
KAZUHIRO KATO
HIRONOBU TANABE
57.0
$190.60
13th  12. SATONO NOBLESSE (JPN)
7yo H
Y IKEE
VINCENT CHEMINAUD
57.0
$156.20
14th  3. MOUSQUETAIRE (JPN)
9yo H
Y TOMOMICHI
YUTA NAKATANI
57.0
$203.30
15th  7. MALTESE APOGEE (JPN)
5yo H
M HORII
T BUSHIZAWA
57.0
$84.10
16th  5. SAMSON'S PRIDE (JPN)
7yo H
H SUGIURA
N YOKOYAMA
57.0
$181.30


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