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Eighth favorite Reine Minoru held off star jockey Yutaka Take aboard third favorite Lys Gracieux down the final stretch for a surprise half-length victory in the Oka-sho on Sunday.

Reine Minoru, with Kenichi Ikezoe aboard, crossed the finish at Hanshin Racecourse in 1 minute, 34.5 seconds for his first Grade 1 victory. Top pick Soul Stirring finished third, a neck behind Lys Gracieux.

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