Japan has beaten off competition from favourite Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
In the feature race at the Ebor Festival, the 11/10 favourite Crystal Ocean – rated as the top horse in the world – was expected to take the spoils.
However, in a very closely-fought race the Aidan O'Brien-trained Japan, available at 5/1, chased down Crystal Ocean in a tense climax that was eventually decided by a photo finish.
Jockey Ryan Moore heaped praise on the three-year-old afterwards and said the manner of the win showcased his character.
"He is just a beautiful horse, a great temperament, and all he has done is carried on improving," said Moore.
"He had to fight hard and run all the way to the line.
"Crystal Ocean is a very good horse and it was a very hard battle.
"Japan has not put a foot wrong his whole life and will just continue to get better."
Article Posted on Wednesday 21st August 2019 @ 16.50
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