The Japan Racing Association’s current season features 24 Grade I races at the nation’s racecourses between February and December.
The lucrative race delivers a high-profile event to cap the Japanese racing calendar each year.
Successful foreign horses, trainers and jockeys have helped raise the event’s global profile since it began more than 40 years ago.
"My goal is to keep my jockey title. Because when you are on top, you need to do your best to stay on top," Lemaire said.
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