Satono Diamond clinched the 3-year-old classic title as he won the grade one Kikuka Sho at Kyoto Sunday afternoon. Christophe Lemaire on Satono Diamond pulled away from the rest in the middle of the home stretch, winning it by a 2 1/2-length in 3 minute 3.30 seconds over 3,000 meters on firm ground. Rainbow Line was a nose better than Air Spinel to finish second. Another neck behind, Dee Majesty came fourth.
Trained by Y.Ikee and owned by H.Satomi, Satono Diamond has now improved his career record to 7-5-1-1 with more than 371 million jpn yeb in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of the 3-year-old bay colt, by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.