Arima Kinen 2018
December 23, 2018 - 1m 4½f (2,500 meters), Nakayama, Japan
Preview: December 11, 2018
New Japanese superstar Almond Eye will not take part in the 2018 Arima Kinen,
still the horse race with the world's highest betting turnover will present
a strong field, as several of the best Japanese thoroughbreds
skipped the Japan Cup for the Arima Kinen.
Favourite will be the recent Tenno Sho winner Rey De Oro
One of his opponents is the steeplechase champion Oju Chosan
Rey De Oro
won the Tenno Sho (Autumn) as 21:10 favourite on October 28,
but did not go to the Japan Cup afterwards, probably to avoid a
clash with Almond Eye. The 2017 Japanese Derby winner
will now be the horse to beat in the 2018 Arima Kinen.
had defeated Rey De Oro in the
2017 Japan Cup
finished only fourth in that race
The son of Heart's Cry, third in the
2017 Arima Kinen
will be ridden by the Australian jockey Hugh Bowman in Nakayama again,
who had won the Japan Cup with him.
, winner of the
2016 Arima Kinen
will also be involved at Nakayama.
The son of Deep Impact could win an important race with the
Kyoto Daishoten on October 8, but he never really reached his strong 2016 form again,
at least came sixth in the Japan Cup.
He will also be ridden by an Australian jockey, Brenton Avdulla.
Other interesting horses are
the recent winners of the Copa Republica Argentina and Japanese St Leger,
Perform A Promise
as well as the Arc starter Clincher
is a very special participant in the 2018 Arima Kinen.
The seven-year-old celebrated five Group One victories in
hurdle and steeplechase races, also won twice on the flat lately.
In the Arima Kinen vote open to racing fans Oju Chosan ended third with
100,382 votes, right behind Rey De Oro (110,293) and Almond Eye (105,561).
The Arima Kinen is the horse race with the world's highest betting turnover,
even far ahead of the Grand National.
Ten of the sixteen participating horses are selected by a public vote.
It is the most popular horse race in Japan. 165,000 spectators will arrive the
Nakayama racetrack also in 2018 again.