TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. — Kane Hekili and French jockey Christophe Lemaire won a thrilling battle in the final 100 meters of the ninth Japan Cup Dirt, when they held off the late challenges of Meisho Tokon and the race favorite, Vermilion, to land the first-prize purse of ¥130 million.

The final leg of JRA’s Japan Autumn International attracted a field of 16 runners and was run in good conditions on Sunday afternoon at Hanshin Racecourse.

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