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Sound True Wins Gr1 Champions Cup
At Chukyo racecourse in Japan, former Arrowfield Stud shuttler French Deputy (Deputy Minister-Mitterand, by Hold Your Peace) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Sound True (French Deputy-Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by a neck for trainer Noboru Takagi in the Gr1 Champions Cup (1800m) for 3YO+, over 6YO entire Awardee (Jungle Pocket-Heavenly Romance, by Sunday Silence) & 5YO entire Asukano Roman (Agnes Digital-Asukano Himiko, by Tabasco Cat). Dirt specialist Sound True avenged last year's third in the Champions Cup (formerly the Japan Cup Dirt) to improve his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Ohi Tokyo Daishoten) and 20 placings (including the Gr1 Champions Cup) from 38 starts for ¥455,788,000 earnings. "The horse seems to be in good form during this time of the year so I am looking forward to defending the title in the year-end Tokyo Daishoten,” commented jockey Takuya Ono.