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Company Wins Japan Gr1 Tenno Sho
In Japan yesterday, 8YO entire Company (Miracle Admire-Brilliant Very, by Northern Taste) became the oldest runner in JRA history to claim a Gr1 victory when he equalled the race record of 1min 57.2sec in winning the ¥281.56m (A$3.584m) Gr1 Tenno Sho-Autumn (2000m) by 1.75-lengths at Tokyo in his 4th attempt at this race (& having finished 3rd in the 2007 renewal). Company (ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama for trainer Hidetaka Otonashi) defeated 5YO entire Screen Hero (Grass Wonder-Running Heroine, by Sunday Silence) & favoured 5YO mare Vodka (Tanino Gimlet-Tanino Sister, by Rousillon) who won this race last year. Company took his record to 11 wins (including both 2009's Gr2 Mainichi Okan & Gr2 Nakayama Kinen, among 5 Gr2s & 2 Gr3s overall) from 34 starts for ¥835.54 million (A$10.636m) earnings.