Jaguar Mail triumphs at Tenno-sho

KYOTO (Kyodo) No. 2 pick Jaguar Mail made a late charge past defending champion Meiner Kitz to win the 141st edition of the Tenno-sho on Sunday.

With jockey Craig Williams astride, Jaguar Mail completed the 3,200-meter turf race in 3 minutes, 15.7 seconds at Kyoto Racecourse. The victory was worth ¥132 million in prize money.

“I am very fortunate and very lucky to be given an opportunity to race in Japan. I could only win the Grade One with this great horse Jaguar Mail and Mr. Hori (trainer Noriyuki Hori) and all his stable did a great job,” Williams said.

“I didn’t just jump on him today. I worked him on Wednesday morning and felt his power and we got a good connection. I also watched video replays of our opposition before the race.”

Jaguar Mail ran in the middle of the pack for much of the race until making a burst on the final bend to chase down Meiner Kitz.