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Japanese horses have been in a rich vein of form in recent overseas races as decades-long efforts to improve domestically bred thoroughbreds have narrowed the gap with horses bred in Europe and the United States.

Japan-bred horses won five of the nine races at March’s Dubai World Cup, including two Grade 1 turf titles. Last year’s Japanese Derby winner Shahryar won the 2,410-meter Dubai Sheema Classic and Panthalassa the 1,800-meter Dubai Turf.

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