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Kane Hekili: regained winning form in the Grade 1 Japan Cup Dirt

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 


Sunday Silence grandson wins Japan Cup Dirt

THE six-year-old Kane Hekili rolled back the years to complete a remarkable comeback after injury on Sunday to win his second Japan Cup Dirt - three years after the first.

By Fuji Kiseki and out of the Deputy Minister mare Life Out There, Kane Hekili was Japan's dirt champion as a three-year-old in 2005 when he won the race for the first time.

Kane Hekili, whose name means ‘Thunder God', went on to finish fourth to Electrocutionist in the 2006 Dubai World Cup - but he was to suffer an injury after his next outing that kept him sidelined for 28 months, during which time Vermilion stole his mantle as the nation's dirt number one.

Vermilion could finish only third in this race, a head and a neck behind a revitalised Kane Hekili, who had reappeared only last month after his absence to finish unplacedin a Grade 3.

The race concluded the inaugural four-race ‘Japan Racing International', a lucrative series of four major races run over successive weekends.

The ‘international' tag has proved largely a misnomer as not a single runner from the handful of second-tier overseas challengers has made the frame in any of the four races.

Kane Hekili's sire Fuji Kiseki is currently second on the Japanese leading sires' list for 2008 behind Agnes Tachyon.  He is a 1992 born son of Sunday Silence and was the 1994 winner of the Japanese Grade 1 Sashai Stakes and end his two-year-old career  as a champion juvenile in Japan.

Through 2008 he has also produced the Grade 1 winners Fine Grain, who won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen,  Asian Winds, winner of the Victoria Mile and Sun Classique, winner of the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. He  stands at Shadai Stallion Farm.







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