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Superstars stumble but Prince of Arran has Cup in sights again

The horse that Victorian racing officials have said they would ”move heaven and earth” to tempt to the Spring Carnival showed she too was flesh and bone after suffering a shock defeat in Tokyo on Sunday afternoon.

Almond Eye is the galloper in question, and many rated the five-year-old mare the best racehorse in the world after a stellar career in which she had won seven of her nine previous starts, six at Group 1 level.

Almond Eye, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, wins the Victoria Mile turf race in Tokyo on May 17, 2020.

Almond Eye, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, wins the Victoria Mile turf race in Tokyo on May 17, 2020.Credit:AP

Moonee Valley boss Michael Browell has said she is the horse above any other foreign challengers he would like to lure to the track for the centenary Cox Plate this year – assuming foreign visitors are allowed.

But she lost some of her lustre in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen when she was beaten by the four year old mare Gran Alegria, whose best previous performance was when winning the Japanese 1,000 Guineas last year.

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