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Excellent G2 Spring Cup victory for Tower Of London

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Tower Of London won the seven-furlong G2 Keio Hai Spring Cup in great style at Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, 11 May.

The four-year-old Raven's Pass colt, trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and partnered by Damian Lane, travelled well throughout the race which attracted 15 runners.

Tower Of London, having his second start of 2019, was held up in seventh towards the outside after breaking from stall nine. He came with a long smooth run past rivals in the straight to lead within the final 100 yards and won cosily by three quarters of a length from Linate in 1m 19.40s on firm turf.

This was Tower Of London’s second G2 victory over the course and distance – the first came in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes in November, 2017.

The winning time was a new course record for seven furlongs at Tokyo Racecourse, beating the previous one of 1m 19.50s.

Bred by Darley in Japan, he was also successful in the G3 Arlington Cup at Hanshin in April, 2018.

Harry Sweeney, President of Godolphin Japan, was delighted with Tower Of London’s victory. He commented: “This was an extremely impressive and professional performance by Tower of London which was clearly underscored by the new race record time.

“He travelled very well throughout the race and was still going really strong at the finish. Tower of London only raced three times last year due to small, but infuriating hoof issues so we are very happy to have him back in full health.

“He has now won twice at G2 level and once in G3 class and has already banked more than $2,000,000. He deserves his chance in a G1 and the Yasuda Kinen over a mile on the first Sunday of June (Tokyo, Sunday, 2 June) seems an obvious choice, but he might have to take on Dubai heroine Almond Eye in addition to the mighty Danon Premium who himself is also a course record time holder at a mile.

“We believe there is more to come from Tower of London and he may well travel abroad.”