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Contrail Contemptuous in Japanese Derby
Heavy favourite Contrail claimed this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) in imperious style to remain unbeaten in five starts since his debut as a 2YO. The 2019 Champion 2YO Colt and Hopeful Stakes (2000m) winner last season, who also won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, 2,000m), became the seventh horse in JRA history to win the first two Triple Crown titles unbeaten. He is the first to achieve the feat in 15 years after his ill-fated sire, Deep Impact. His trainer, Yoshito Yahagi, who won his second Derby title after Deep Brillante in 2012 and 12th JRA-G1 victory overall, announced the next target for Contrail is the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m), held in October. If successful, it would make the Deep Impact colt the eighth Triple Crown winner in JRA history. For jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, now with 27 career JRA-G1 titles, it was also the second Derby victory after with Wagnerian in 2018.