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Japanese media reports Arima Kinen next for Lys Gracieux

Lys Gracieux wins the 2019 Cox Plate

After Lys Gracieux smashed Australia and New Zealand’s best middle-distance horses in the G1 Cox Plate, the top mare’s owners appear to be leaning towards the mare’s next start being the season-ending G1 Arima Kinen.

After winning last year’s G1 Queen Elizabeth Cup, Lys Gracieux was a narrow second to Exultant in the 2019 G1 Hong Kong Vase, but this year the five-year-old is likely to instead head to the 2,500m feature race at Nakayama on December 22.

After winning the G1 Takarazuka Kinen in June, Lys Gracieux took her career earnings to well in excess of HK$50 million with the Cox Plate triumph, which included a A$2m bonus on top of the already A$3m first prize.

Lys Gracieux remains in quarantine and returns to Japan on November 4, after which trainer Yoshito Yahagi will assess the five-year-old’s condition.