The Japan Cup(G1)

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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
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Kurenai
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Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:52 pm

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!
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Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:12 pm

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:
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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-)
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:01 pm

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
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:47 am

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.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:20 pm

Me too!!! *happy dance*
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The great Aussie hope BOOM TIME entering beast mode ahead of the Japan Cup
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Miss Stirring #SOULSTIRRING #JapanCup #Frankel
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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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Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:52 pm

Iquitos in the rain, via Twitter 8-)
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Idaho at morning trackwork for Japan Cup at the Tokyo Racecourse.
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:36 pm

Barrier draw:

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Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:51 pm

Lemaire has been riding very well, so his presence on Rey de Oro is a plus for me. I'm really rooting for KB, but this is a stacked field. I wouldn't be surprised to see any one of six or seven entrants take this race.
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:42 pm

I am guessing that that barrier draw screencap came from a fan site, as everyone's last name is listed, except Yutaka Take, aka "Legend".

The title does fit him, though!
weeeeeeeee
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:57 pm

LOL yes it was a translation on twitter... :lol:

Here's the actual original FWIW:
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And pre-race media seems to be focusing on Rey de Oro vs Kitasan Black / Lemaire vs Take showdown, definitely.
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne 2h 2 hours ago

Sports Graphic Number Web Feature
Yutaka Take and Christophe Lemaire
KITASAN BLACK or REY DE ORO? #JapanCup
Looking good @christo68914587
https://t.co/BhdLQh2vQr
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:03 am

Meanwhile, Cheval Grand will have Hugh Bowman (Aus) on board & has reportedly been training very well... could sneak in with a chance... *if* he can overcome the inside post???
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Hugh Bowman and CHEVAL GRAND (left) got to know each other uphill on the chip at Ritto ahead of the Japan Cup #theearthwillrumble https://t.co/bZ9gMScJmo
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:21 am

-- Barrier Draw
http://japanracing.jp/_news2017/171124.html


TOKYO 11R
THE JAPAN CUP(G1)

November 26, 2017, 2400m, Turf, Post time 15:40
INT DSN, Special Weight, 3-Year-Olds & Up, Open Class, Value of race: 575,220,000 Yen

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Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:32 am

-- Japan Cup photo paddock

Kitasan Black(JPN)(Black Tide) H5
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Rey de Oro(JPN)(King Kamehameha) C3
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Satono Crown(JPN)(Marju) H5
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Makahiki(JPN)(Deep Impact) C4
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Cheval Grand(JPN)(Heart's Cry) H5
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Soul Stirring(JPN)(Frankel) F3
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Rainbow Line(JPN)(Stay Gold) C4
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Sciacchetra(JPN)(Manhattan Cafe) C4
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Yamakatsu Ace(JPN)(King Kamehameha) H5
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Sounds of Earth(JPN)(Neo Universe) H6
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One and Only(JPN)(Heart's Cry) H6
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Last Impact(JPN)(Deep Impact) H7
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Decipher(JPN)(Deep Impact) H8
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Boom Time(AUS)(Flying Spur) H6
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Idaho(IRE)(Galileo) C4
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Iquitos(GER)(Adlerflug) H5
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Guignol(GER)(Cape Cross) H5
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encore.. ;)
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:34 pm

The Japanese horses are all so lean, with a greyhound look. But Makahiki takes that to the extreme, with his really deep shoulder/chest tapering up to a wasp waist. :shock:
I know that the Japanese haven't actually created a new breed of TB, but they sure look different. I presume that, along with breeding for a less muscular type, they also employ different training and feeding regimens from what we might see here in the US.
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:44 pm

I was actually going to comment that I think that's the best Makahiki has looked in awhile... :lol:

Sciacchetra has matured very nicely, too, now he's a four-year-old. So excited for this race, on paper it's so competitive with so many of them having a legit shot at winning. Can't wait!!
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