Japan Cup 2017
November 26, 2017 - 1 ½ miles (2,400 meters), Tokyo, Japan
Preview: October 10, 2017
No doubt, there has been a shortage of foreign top horses in the Japan Cup,
even worse, several of the best local horses did not turn up last year too.
This seems to change this time, almost all of the best Japanese players want to
start in the 2017 Japan Cup, also the bonus money for foreign competitors was doubled.
Cup holder Kitasan Black
will be among the red hot favourites.
His most dangerous rivals could be the Derby winner Rey De Oro
the three year old daughter of Frankel Soul Stirring
or Hong Kong Vase winner Satono Crown
, first and second in the
Grosse Preis von Baden, are presumed to arrive from Germany.
2016 Japan Cup
wire-to-wire and was supposed to run the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this year.
As the five times Group 1 winner disappointed in the Takarazuka Kinen in June,
responsibles decided not to send him to France, instead make a start on the
Japan Cup and Arima Kinen (Dec. 24).
The son of Black Tide, a brother of Deep Impact, will take part in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) on October 29 before.
triumphed in the Takarazuka Kinen against Japan's thoroughbred elite,
he had already won the Hong Kong Vase ahead of Highland Reel last year.
The five-year-old did not participate in the Japan Cup yet,
he is expected to take the same route as Kitasan Black.
was the first Group 1 winner for Frankel as a sire,
no real surprise that she captured the Japanese Oaks in May.
At the end of a four month break she then disappointed over a mile against the older and male horses in the Mainichi Okan
on October 8. Jockey Christophe Lemaire explained afterwards the drop in trip had not suit her.
Soul Stirring will run in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) next.
Rey De Oro
is obviously among the hottest favourites as he is the current
Japanese Derby winner. The son of King Kamehameha, who is trained by
Kazuo Fujisawa like Soul Stirring, has already terminated his summer break
by winning the Kobe Shimbun Hai (Group 2) on September 24.
He has not yet competed against older horses as well.
Sounds Of Earth
became runner-up in last years's Japan Cup
but disappointed in the Arima Kinen and Dubai Sheema Classic afterwards.
The six-year-old will enter the Kyoto Daishoten on October 9 before he
takes part in the Japan Cup and Arima Kinen.
2015 Arima Kinen
as 17:1 outsider ahead of Sounds Of Earth and Kitasan Black.
He has shown good form this year again when ended runner-up in the Takarazuka Kinen,
only three-quarters of a length beaten by Satono Crown.
His start at the All Comers on September 24 was cancelled, he now might go directly to the Japan Cup.
achieved two parts of the Japanese Triple Crown in 2015 when won the
Yushun Himba (Oaks) and Shuka Sho, still she struggled against older horses later on.
However, the daughter of Deep Impact finished third in the Takarazuka Kinen lately.
She suffered from a tendon injury since, but is supposed to
enter the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on November 12 ahead of the Japan Cup.
beat Kitasan Black by a neck in the 2016 Arima Kinen
and has since been Japan's hope in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe,
where he only became fifteenth. His start in the 2017 Japan Cup 2017 is rather unlikely.
got a Japan Cup invitation for his victory in the
2017 Grosse Preis von Baden
and according to his trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho he will take a chance.
Ahead of the trip to Japan the son of Cape Cross will try to defend his title
in the Große Preis von Bayern at Munich on November 1.
Guignol has won both above mentioned races from the front,
if the same tactic is chosen in Tokyo, he will get in trouble with Kitasan Black.
participated in last year's Japan Cup, where he ended seventh,
only a length behind runner-up Sounds Of Earth. Because he came only second
this year's Grosse Preis von Baden, he is not qualified for the Japan Cup,
it is not unrealistic though that he still gets an invitation.
Iquitos just proved his international class with a seventh place in the
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, he will also run the Grosse Preis von Bayern first.
The Japan Cup was first run in 1981.
The Tokyo Racetrack could be described as undulating.
The final stretch has a length of 525 meters
and increases two meters within the first 225 meters.
Alkaased (Frankie Dettori) was the last foreign horse to win the Japan Cup back in 2005.
To watch a replay
of the race without knowing the result got to
Horse Racing Japan
Press the video button in the Japan Cup row.