Sadamu bosses Mile Championship
Sadamu Patek held off the strong challenge of favourite Grand Prix Boss by a neck to capture his first Group One title in the 29th running of the Mile Championship at Kyoto racecourse in Japan.
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The Fuji Kiseki colt had finished second to triple-crown colt Orfevre in last year's Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and seventh and fifth in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) respectively.
The four-year-old was raced between seven furlongs and a mile in his spring campaign this year, during which he landed the Group Two Keio Hai Spring Cup.
The field included six runners from last year but no foreign contenders for the first time in seven years.
Sadamu Patek partnered by Yutaka Take broke smoothly from the innermost stall and settled in mid-division, around sixth from the front, while Grand Prix Boss settled right behind on the outside.
Once passing the furlong pole, Sadamu Patek surged out from the inner route and took over the lead less than half a furlong out.
Grand Prix Boss exerted a powerful late charge and passed Donau Blue in the last three strides to cross the wire a neck short of Sadamu Patek in second with Donau Bleu, a full sister to the triple-crown filly Gentildonna, half a length back in third.