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Satono Crown Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Vase
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, former shuttler Marju (Last Tycoon-Flame Of Tara, by Artaius) celebrated an elite success when 4YO Japanese-bred entire Satono Crown (Marju-Jioconda, by Rossini) powered home to score by 0.5 length for trainer Noriyuki Hori in the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), over 4YO Irish-bred entires Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) & One Foot In Heaven (Fastnet Rock-Pride, by Peintre Celebre). This was the first Gr1 victory for Satono Crown who improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Kyoto Kyoto Kinen) and 1 placing from 11 starts for ¥349,593,728 earnings.