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Japan: Dantsu Flame lands first Group 1 win.

Byline: Andrew Adams

DANTSU FLAME produced a powerful late burst to clinch a narrow victory in the 43rd Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin, a Group 1 event over 11 furlongs, writes Andrew Adams.

It was the Kenji Yamauchi-trained four-year-old's first success at the highest level after finishing runner-up in three Group 1s, including last year's Derby.

Lohengrin made the running and was six lengths clear at one stage before coming back to his field, but he maintained his lead until Dantsu Flame, ridden by Shinji Fujita, and Tsurumaru Boy swept past in the final 50 yards.

Dantsu Flame held on gamely in the last few strides to win by a neck, with Lohengrin a length and a quarter back in third. The winner will be aimed at the Japan Cup in November.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2002
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