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It seems naming horses after a country does not do any harm when it comes to trying to win the Investec Derby.
Australia won the 2014 renewal and, five years later, Japan came within half a length of doing the same. He finished third in a blanket finish behind stablemate Anthony Van Dyck.
Japan had been a leading ante-post fancy for the Derby over the winter but suffered a minor setback in the spring and was very easy to back when fourth in the Dante at York on his return, beaten about five lengths.
He was also a big drifter on Derby day, going off at 20/1 after being half that price in the morning.
However, it did not stop him running a huge race under Wayne Lordan.
The jockey said: “He was a little bit babyish on the track, but he got it together and came home well. I am delighted with him.”
As a two-year-old, Japan, a son of Galileo, won two of his three starts and signed off with a narrow win in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes over a mile at Naas.
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