Kitasan Black dictated and ultimately dominated the 2016 Japan Cup from Tokyo.
A field of seventeen lined-up for this lucrative end of year prize, including three European representatives.
At the dates it was Kitasan Black who went into the lead with Gold Actor prominent.
Settling down and passing the post with a circuit to race, Kitasan Black was into a clear lead from One And Only and Gold Actor, with Ryan Moore and Real Steel sat handily in fourth.
Heading down the back, Kitasan Black opened up a clear lead of four lengths, while German raider Night Flower was last of all.
Kitasan Black took the field to the home turn with Real Steel looking a threat, but with two furlongs to race Kitasan Black lengthened impressively kicking clear again.
Late on Sounds Of Earth came out of the pack to finish fast, but was never getting to Kitasan Black and Yutaka Take, who passed the post the best part of three lengths clear.
Cheval Grand came home third, with Gold Actor inching out Real Steel for fourth place.