Australian jockey Damian Lane steered Tastiera to victory Sunday in the 90th running of the Tokyo Yushun, also known as the Japanese Derby, for the three-year-old colt's first win in a Grade 1 race.

Tastiera covered the 2,400 meters on turf at Tokyo Racecourse in 2 minutes, 25.2 seconds, beating race favorite Sol Oriens by a neck at the wire and earning the 300 million yen ($2.1 million) winner's prize.

Tastiera (front L) with jockey Damian Lane aboard, races to victory in a crowded finishing group at the 90th running of the Tokyo Yushun, or Japanese Derby, at Tokyo Racecourse on May 28, 2023. (Kyodo)

Rank outsider Pax Ottomanica ran in front for all but the final 200 meters, opening up a huge lead in the backstretch before being overtaken by the field with 100 meters to go.

Lane, currently racing on a short-term license from the Japan Racing Association, positioned Tasteira perfectly to edge out a crowd of contenders in a mass sprint to the wire.

The top four finishers were separated by the narrowest of margins with Hearts Concerto third by a nose, and Bellagio Opera a nose further back.