Grain's career in balance

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Pure Grain may never race again after suffering a a fracture to her off hind in the Japan Cup yesterday. The Newmarket-trained filly finished 10th, a long way behind the winner, Lando.

Michael Stoute, Pure Grain's trainer, said: "She was travelling very well for John Reid and looked to have every chance round the turn. But she came off the bridle and that was it."

Lando, ridden by Michael Roberts and trained by Heinz Jentzsch, took a first prize worth pounds 1.1m. He was the first German horse to win the Japan Cup since it began in 1981. The winner's odds were 13.5 to 1.

Japan's Hishi Amazon finished second, followed by the French-trained Hernando. A record crowd of 180,760 watched the race.