Satono Diamond made a big appeal toward the up-coming 3yo classic races as he romped the grade three Kisaragi Sho under Christophe Lemaire at Kyoto Sunday.
The heavy favorite pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters out to win by a decisive 3-length from Les Planches, who came far off the pace.
Another head behind, Leukerbad came third. The final time for the 1,800-meter trip was 1 minute 46.90 seconds.
Satono Diamond is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.
Smart Layer wire-to-wire victory in Tokyo Shimbun Hai
Unexpectedly, Hayato Yoshida sent Smart Layer to the front from start, and they went all the way to win the grade three Tokyo Shimbun Hai in 1 minute 34.10 seconds over 1,600 meters on the Tokyo turf course.
A 2-length behind, Extra End finished second with another 1 1/4-length back Meiner Aurato third.
Smart Layer is a 6-year-old gray mare by Deep Impact out of the White Muzzle mare Snow Style.