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The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:34 am
by tachyon
The 37th running of The Japan Cup (G1) in association with LONGINES
Invitational race
Sunday, 26 November 2017

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2016 winner: Kitasan Black(JPN)

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Course Description

The Japan Cup is run over 2400m on turf on a left-handed track. The race starts from the homestretch, about 300m from the winning post. The first 440m run to the first turn is flat, leading into the backstretch. After traveling 1100m, there is a gentle slope of 1.8m (0.23%) going down from 780m. From this point, there is a sharp rise of 1.2m (2%) for 60m, and after running flat for 80m, just before the third turn, there is another slope of 2.2m (0.64%) going down for 260m. Leading into the final 525m homestretch, there is a gradual rise of 30cm (0.3%) for 100m and a steady uphill of 2m (1.7%) for 120m, with a flat final 300m remaining to the winning post.

Circumference
2,083.1m

Width
31 - 41m

Homestretch (final turn to finish)
525m

2,400m (T) Record Time as of January 2015
Alkaased (27 November 2005) 2:22.1


-- probable field as of Nov 20th

Idaho(IRE) (Galileo) C4
Iquitos(GER) (Adlerflug) H5
Guignol(GER) (Cape Cross) H5
Boom Time(AUS) (Flying Spur) H6

Kitasan Black(JPN) (Black Tide) H5
Satono Crown(JPN) (Marju) H5
Rey de Oro(JPN) (King Kamehameha) C3
Sounds of Earth(JPN) (Neo Universe) H6
Soul Stirring(JPN) (Frankel) F3
Last Impact(JPN) (Deep Impact) H7
Makahiki(JPN) (Deep Impact) c4
Cheval Grand(JPN) (Heart's Cry) H5
Yamakatsu Ace(JPN) (King Kamehameha) H5
Decipher(JPN) (Deep Impact) H8
Sciacchetra(JPN) (Manhattan Cafe) C4
One and Only(JPN) (Heart's Cry) H6
Tosen Basil(JPN) (Harbinger) H5
Rainbow Line(JPN) (Stay Gold) C4


-- past performance's of the nominated horse
http://japanracing.jp/_news2017/pdf/171115-02.pdf

-- handicapper's report on the japanese contenders
http://japanracing.jp/_news2017/171117-05.html

Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:52 pm
by Kurenai
Looks like a race between Kiatasan Black and Rey de Oro on paper.

Followed by Satono Crown and maaaybe Guignol (although his times aren't that good on paper). And if Idaho finds back to his form in June he is one to keep an eye out.

Would love to see Soul Stirring take this one, but I think the distance/competition is too much for her. Iquitos is just... slower than Guignol and seems more suited for soft/yielding courses. If it's raining a lot I wouldn't count him out either.

I'm really looking forward to this race!

Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:12 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Gotta go with Mr Black, although you have to wonder how many big races in a row one horse can take... but he *looks* fantastic. :mrgreen:

Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:57 pm
by lurkey mclurker
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne 9h 9 hours ago

BOOM TIME (AUS)!
Working on the turf at headquarters ahead of the Japan Cup
83.2 home in a slick 11.8 and impressed the locals.

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There haven't been many photos of him up since his arrival in Japan, but this certainly a nice one. 8-)

Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:01 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Mr Black seems to be on the muscle too...

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G‏ @LongBallToNoOne9h 9 hours ago

Black. Mr. K stretching the legs ahead of the Japan Cup #kitasanBlack

Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:47 am
by Starine
Super excited for this year's edition. Of course the locals look outstanding, but also excited to see quality horses shipping in from Germany and Australia.

Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:20 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Me too!!! *happy dance*
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne

The great Aussie hope BOOM TIME entering beast mode ahead of the Japan Cup

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G‏ @LongBallToNoOne

Miss Stirring #SOULSTIRRING #JapanCup #Frankel

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G‏ @LongBallToNoOne

C.Lemaire was very excited about REY DE ORO (nearest camera) final work ahead of the Japan Cup. Crushed his training partners
"He gave me a great feeling, he is in top condition" (Lemaire)

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Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:52 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Iquitos in the rain, via Twitter 8-)
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Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:35 pm
by lurkey mclurker
ShibaShuji.com‏
@shibashujicom

Idaho at morning trackwork for Japan Cup at the Tokyo Racecourse.

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Re: The Japan Cup(G1)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:36 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Barrier draw:

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