Japan: Star miler Maurice suffers shock defeat

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Logotype comes away from the pack in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

 By Lewis Porteous 12:13PM 5 JUN 2016 

Report: Japan, Saturday

Tokyo: Yasuda Kinen (Group 1) 1m, 3y0+

MAURICE, rated one of the leading milers in the word, suffered a shock defeat in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen when failing to peg back front-running outsider Logotype (Tsuyoshi Tanaka/Hironobu Tanabe).

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Bidding for an eighth consecutive win and fifth at the highest level, Maurice raced exuberantly from the stalls and as hard as jockey Tommy Berry tried to settle his mount, there was no stopping the Hong Kong Mile winner, who refused to drop the bridle as he pulled his way into second behind the eventual winner.

Turning for home the chasing pack fanned towards the centre of the track, while Logotype stuck to the the inside rail that had proved unfavourable in earlier races on the card.

However, the leader was not for catching and, with Maurice’s early exertions perhaps starting to tell, Logotype was extending his advantage again at the line, eventually registering a comfortable one-and-a-quarter-length win.  

Berry, stepping in for Ryan Moore to ride Maurice, blamed the lack of pace in the race for his defeat and added: “The pace was slower than I expected and I couldn’t get cover behind horses so he couldn’t be patient. He still held on well to be the runner-up.”

While Maurice narrowly held Fiero for second, Dubai Turf hero Real Steel failed to get competitive as he beat just one home in eleventh.

“We had to wait for a long time to justify Logotype’s true form as a Group 1 winner and I am grateful that he had stayed healthy to this day to make it happen,” said the winning trainer.

Tanaka added: “I had discussed our tactics with Hironobu Tanabe and we both shared the same opinion on giving our best shot in front if the chance was to arise. The race developed to our advantage and watching him cruise away along the rails, I was kicking the table in excitement.”

 
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