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Equinox justifies all the hype

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The world's highest rated horse won his fifth consecutive G1 at Fuchu on Sunday.

EQUINOX winning the Tenno Sho (Autumn) at Tokyo in Japan.
EQUINOX winning the Tenno Sho (Autumn) at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

He didn't just win it he won it in a record 1.55.2 to the surprise of his jockey Christophe Lemaire who didn't think they had been going that fast.  In fact they took off almost as soon as they entered the straight instead of waiting to get to the top of the rise and got past Gaia Force and then went whoosh! 

The margin over second horse Justin Palace was 2 ½ lengths but the winner was never under pressure.  He will now go to the Japan Cup where Liberty Island will be waiting.  She will have to be on her very best to catch him though.

It was also a rare double of winning the Tenno Sho Autumn two years running.

Third home in the Tenno Sho was Prognosis followed by our other picks Danon Beluga who was only a head away from Prognosis, and Gaia Force who had been in the lead once Jack d'Or threw in the towel.

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