Japan horse racing news

Japanese superstar Almond Eye out of the Arc

The superstar showdown between Almond Eye and Enable is officially off the table with connections of the Japanese wonderhorse confirming she will not compete in...

Apple’s Jade and Laurina throw down the gauntlet to Buveur D’Air

Apple’s Jade will aim to provide Gordon Elliott with a first win in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Elliott has risen to...

Oval Ace stays unbeaten in Hyacinth on Japan Road To The Derby

Tsuru Nishimori’s Oval Ace wore down Weitblick to prevail in a battle of unbeatens in Sunday’s Hyacinth S. at Tokyo, the third race on the...

Undefeated Saturnalia takes out G1 Hopeful Stakes

Heavy favorite Saturnalia won his first G1 title while undefeated in three career starts since debuting in June and coming off his latest victory in...

Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes preview

There’s one last piece of Grade 1 action in Japan on Friday, Dec. 28, to round out 2018, when the Hopeful Stakes will be run...

Blast Onepiece scores first G1 title in Arima Kinen

Third pick Blast Onepiece, the only three-year-old in the field, beat his senior G1 rivals in this year’s Arima Kinen to claim his first G1...

Nihonpiro Baron claims Nakayama Daishogai title by a whisker

Nihonpiro Baron captured his first J-G1 victory in this year’s Nakayama Daishogai by a nose after being sent off third favorite in the 13-horse field....

Bowman granted short-term Japanese riding licence

AUSTRALIAN jockey Hugh Bowman has been granted a short-term riding licence from the Japanese Racing Association (JRA). Bowman, who pilots Cheval Grand in the Grade...

Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1) – Preview

This Sunday, Dec. 23, showcases the last Grade 1 of the year for older horses – the Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) — and it’s...

Undefeated Admire Mars pulls away to win Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes

Second favorite and undefeated Admire Mars claimed this year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes by a two-length margin and stretched his winning streak to four. Breaking...

Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes race preview

Once again the focus on Sunday, Dec. 16, will be on the top 2-year-olds in Japan, when the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes will...

Japanese raiders perform admirably at Hong Kong International Races

It was a chilly day in Hong Kong on Sunday and despite a number of heated battles for the top, Japan’s team of nine was...

Danon Fantasy Claims 70th Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Race favorite Danon Fantasy measured up to the expectations of her fans by showing a powerful late charge from toward the rear to claim this...

Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies preview

This coming Sunday and next, the JRA turns the spotlight onto the budding talent – this year’s 2-year-olds. It’s ladies first with the Grade 1...

Le Vent Se Leve canters home in the 2018 Champions Cup

Odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve won this year’s Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1 and extended his winning streak to four. He is the...

Triple-Crowned Filly Almond Eye Romps to Victory in Japan Cup

This year’s triple crown winner and heavily favored Almond Eye became the second three-year-old filly after Gentildonna in 2012 to dominate the Japan Cup. The...

Result of the 38th Japan Cup (G1)

The Japan Cup, in its 38th year, continues to attract some of the top turf horses from around the world—67 runners from North America, 144...

Exclusive Topics for Japan Autumn International 2018 – 4th Edition

Many of the potential runners in this year’s Champions Cup (G1, dirt, 1,800m) at Chukyo Racecourse came off the JBC Classic (dirt, 1,900m) at Kyoto...

Grade 1 Japan Cup preview

The top action returns to Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, Nov. 25, with the 38th running of the Japan Cup, the last Japan Cup of the...

Stelvio downs defending champ Persian Knight in Mile Championship

Fifth pick Stelvio captured his first G1 victory in this year’s Mile Championship to reign as another three-year-old mile champion following last year’s Persian Knight....

Japanese racing news: Buick & Moore cleared to ride by JRA

UK JOCKEY duo Ryan Moore and William Buick have been granted short-term riding licenses ahead of Grade 1 Mile Championship Day at Kyoto. The British...

Japan Racing News: Japanese Autumn Carnival Topics

The most anticipated starter in this year’s Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) on November 25 would be Almond Eye (JPN, F3, by Lord Kanaloa), who is...

Japan Racing News: Grade 1 Mile Championship preview

It’s the turn of the top milers in Japan to step out and do battle this coming Sunday (November 18), when Kyoto Racecourse will once...
Queen Elizabeth Cup II Japan

Japan: Lys Gracieux wins group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Third favourite Lys Gracieux, under jockey Joao Moreira, landed her first G1 triumph in this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The four-year-old has notched two...
Noble Mars racing in Japan

Japan Racing: Form & Tips for the Grade 2 Copa Republica Argentina

There’s a slight gear change this week, with a brief pause in the Grade 1 action in Japan, but Tokyo Racecourse will be the venue...