Shock Loss For Buena Vista In Japan Cup

Controversy surrounded the outcome of the Grade One Japan Cup on Sunday after star filly Buena Vista crossed the line to the better of runner up Rose Kingdom, to have her demolishing victory overturned by a stewards' inquiry.

Tokyo Racecourse

Tokyo Racecourse

The Aidan O'Brien trained Joshua Tree failed to strike finishing tenth, with the other UK raider, Dandino finishing just behind him in eleventh place, while race and crowd favourite Buena Vista, with Christophe Soumillon aboard gave a strong performance to get to the post first, followed by Rose Kingdom in second, with Victoire Pisa coming in third.

A stewards' inquiry was called after the event, with a lengthy delay of around 20 minutes, when to the consternation of race goers, the positions of the first two were reversed, giving Buena Vista the unwanted distinction of being the first victor of the event to be disqualified.

In a strange twist to the event, the two horses concerned in the incident have the same owners, the Sunday Racing Syndicate.

With the interpretation of the Japanese rules being generally hard and fast, more similar to the French rendition than the British some local racegoers thought the outcome was correct.

Soumillon was tight lipped on the matter saying, "It is better to say nothing."

Ryan Moore, who came in fourth aboard Jaguar Mail, was not so tight lipped saying, "It's the wrong decision.

"They want a champion and now they haven't got one. It is such a shame for the race."

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