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Demuro impressed as Le Vent Se Leve makes it five wins out of six in Dirt Derby

Ohi, Japan on Wednesday
Japan Dirt Derby (Grade 1) | 1m2f | dirt | 3yo

Le Vent Se Leve (Kiyoshi Hagiwara/Mirco Demuro), last year's juvenile champion dirt horse, won his second Grade 1 in the Japan Dirt Derby.

The three-year-old son of Symboli Kris S was taking his career record to five wins from six starts and overcame a slow start to run down his opponents in the home straight.

Demuro was impressed and said: "He was excellent, is still growing and has more development to come physically, so I hope he'll keep progressing.

"Today he finished strongly all the way to the line. He's a versatile horse who can do it from the front or from behind and he has a never-say-die spirit."

A slow start meant Demuro had to ride a patient race and he was only fifth turning in the straight.

However, he delivered Le Vent Se Leve wide down the outside of the field to get to the front and hold the late run of Omega Perfume by a length and a half.

Great Time, who also finished strongly, was a neck back in third with Cristal Silver fourth.

Fumio Matoba, nicknamed the Emperor of Ohi, made a winning return from injury on the same card to leave him five winners away from becoming Japan's winningmost jockey.

Matoba, who is 61, had needed 20 stitches in his lower leg after two horses trod on him in a fall at Kawasaki on June 15.

His success on second favourite Samuri Teio was his 7,149 career win, which leaves him five behind Takemi Sasaki who retired in 2001.

Matoba rides on the second-tier NAR (National Association of Racing) local-government circuit, mainly consisting of dirt racing and operating parallel to tracks run by the better-known Japan Racing Association.

Brazilian Jorge Ricardo, still riding in South America, currently holds the world record for winningmost jockey having passed the previous record of 12,844 set by Russell Baze in America.

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