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Japan's Admire Rakti wins Australia's Caulfield Cup

Japanese stayer ADMIRE RAKTI finished powerfully to score a narrow win in the Caulfield Cup in Australia on Saturday.

The 2,400m race is one of the major lead-up events to next month's Melbourne Cup.

Admire Rakti, a 10-1 shot trained by Tomoyuki Umeda and ridden by Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton, beat the 11-1 chance, New Zealand mare Rising Romance, by a long neck.

The 3-1 favourite Lucia Valentina was third, half a length away.

"He had a handicap of 58kg and wasn't sure about it but he clearly likes Australia," Umeda told reporters.

"If everything goes well, hopefully, his luck keeps going to the Melbourne Cup."

Admire Rakti's victory reinforced the strength of Japanese-trained stayers in world racing, following Delta Blues' win over Pop Rock in an historic Japanese one-two finish in the 2006 Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup over 3,200m takes place at Flemington on Nov 4. - AFP.