Superstar filly Almond Eye was the toast of Tokyo, as she impressively won the Group One Japan Cup in association with Longines.

2018 Japan Cup
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A field of 14 assembled for one of the world’s great flat races, over 1 ½ miles.

From the gates, it was Kiseki who led from Noble Mars, with the super filly Almond Eye to the inside, while Thundering Blue and Fran Berry, were settled in last.

Down the back, Kiseki continued to lead and moved three lengths clear of Almond Eye, with 15 lengths separating first and last.

Kiseki continued to set a furious pace and turned for home clear, with Almond Eye giving chase and Suave Richard closing.

Inside the final furlong, Almond Eye gradually wore down the gallant Kiseki, to record a famous victory for Christophe-Patrice Lemaire

The front pair pulled a couple of lengths clear of Suave Richard, with Grand Cheval staying on for fourth.

Almond Eye, a daughter of Lord Kanaloa, had won the Fillies’ Triply Crown earlier this year, the Japanese 1,000 Guineas and Oaks. She was winning her sixth straight start.

Capri ahead of the Japan Cup
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The two European runners were never a factor, Thundering Blue came home tenth, with Capri eleventh.