Horse racing preview Japan: Arima Kinen 2018
Arima Kinen 2018

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.

Cheval Grand had defeated Rey De Oro in the 2017 Japan Cup, finished only fourth in that race 2018 recently. 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.

Satono Diamond, 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 and Fierement, as well as the Arc starter Clincher.

Oju Chosan 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.



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