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Japanese horses triumph in Dubai race

Race horse insurance customers may be interested to hear that a pair of Japanese horses took the top spots at the Dubai World Cup earlier this week.

In first place was Victoire Pisa, ridden by jockey Mirco Demuro, followed by Transcend – another Japanese animal, reports First Post.

Speaking after the race, Demuro commented: “I was hoping this horse would provide a victory for the Japanese people after the tragedy of the tsunami and it’s unbelievable we’ve done it.”

Both he and the rider of the second-placed horse wore black armbands to honour those killed in the recent natural disasters in Japan.

One of the greatest stallions of the last century was Northern Taste, which was purchased by a Japanese breeder in the 1970s.

He had a price tag of $100,000 (£62,000) and sired 1,754 winners in his time.

According to Guinness World Records, the most expensive equine ever was purchased at an auction in Florida for $16 million in 2006.

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