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Saint Emilion-Apapane Share Gr1 Japanese Oaks
In Japan yesterday, multiple Gr1-winning former NZ Java Lodge & Independent Stallions Victoria shuttler Zenno Rob Roy (Sunday Silence-Roamin Rachel, by Mining) added a Gr1 triumph (& 3rd-placing) when daughter Saint Emilion (Zenno Rob Roy-Moteck, by Last Tycoon) shared victory with favourite Apapane (King Kamehameha-Salty Bid, by Salt Lake) in the ¥205 million (A$2.727m) Gr1 Yushun Himba-Japanese Oaks (2400m) for 3YO fillies at Tokyo. Saint Emilion (ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama for trainer Masaaki Koga) & Apapane (ridden by Masayoshi Ebina for trainer Sakae Kunieda) finished 2-lengths in front of Agnes Waltz (Zenno Rob Roy-Merlot Sweet, by Hector Protector). Saint Emilion took her record to 4 wins (also including April's Gr2 Sho Flora Stakes over 2000m at Tokyo) & a placing (in March's Gr3 Hai Flower Cup over 1800m at Nakayama) from 5 starts for ¥161,741,000 (A$2.151m) earnings. And Apapane (last year's Japanese Champion 2YO Filly) took her record to 5 wins (also including April's Gr1 Oka Sho-1000 Guineas over 1600m at Hanshin & 2009's Gr1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies over 1600m) & a runner-up (in March's Gr3 Tulip Sho over 1600m at Hanshin) from 7 starts for ¥299,458,000 (A$3.983m) earnings.