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KYOTO — Asakusa Kings made amends for his Derby second, finishing strongly in the final 100 meters to win the 68th Kikka-sho at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday afternoon.

With doubts hanging over most of the runners on their ability to stay the 3,000 meters, jockey Hirofumi Shii rode just about the perfect race aboard the son of White Muzzle, keeping him relaxed until the final thrust for the line. Pre-race favorite, the progressive Roc de Cambes, finished a creditable third and Al Nasrain put in a great display to take second.

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