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Air Messiah charged from the rear of the pack with a devastating run Sunday to beat top favorite Rhein Kraft by a neck in the Shuka-sho, the final leg of the Triple Crown series for three-year-old fillies.

Second pick Air Messiah, jockeyed by Yutaka Take, covered the 2,000-meter race at Kyoto Racecourse in 1 minute, 59.2 seconds for her first Grade One title, edging out front-running Rhein Kraft at the wire to deny her a third straight G-1 victory.

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