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Australian steeplechaser Karasi won the world's richest steeplechase, the Nakayama Grand Jump (4250m) in Japan on three consecutive occasions between 2005 and 2007.

In 2005, the 10-year-old gelding was the oldest horse in the 14-strong field but outstayed his rivals to win by one and a quarter lengths.

Local horse Cheers Shining was second a half-length in front of another Japanese contender, Laurel Royce.

He then won the Nakayama Grand Jump for a second time in 2006.

In 2007, Karasi was placed in the traditional lead up race, the Pegasus Jump Stakes (3350m) at Nakayama, and then amazingly won the Nakayama Grand Jump for the third year in a row as a twelve year old.

Karasi was trained by Eric Musgrove and ridden by Brett Scott in all three victories in Japan.

Before his successes in Japan, Karasi had won a Geelong Cup, came fourth in a Melbourne Cup and been placed in the Adelaide and Brisbane Cups.

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