2019 Japan Cup
November 25, 2019 - 1 ½ miles (2,400 meters), Tokyo, Japan
Preview: October 8, 2019
Title holder Almond Eye
will be the horse to beat in the 2019 Japan Cup,
although she got defeated for the first time lately.
Some indication, who will be her hardest rivals in the Japan Cup,
should give a strong field in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) on October 27.
2018 Japan Cup
in record time, was then suggested being Enable's most dangerous rival in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
She never made it to Paris, instead triumphed in the Dubai Turf.
Last year's Japanese Guineas and Oaks winner had then to accept her first defeat in the Yasuda Kinen in June,
but actually had a very awkward race there.
It is uncertain, if Almond Eye will try to defend her Japan Cup title, a start in Hong Kong is also under consideration,
her next target will be the Tenno Sho (Autumn).
, like Almond Eye a descendant of Lord Kanaloa, raised expectations
when won the Hopeful Stakes as a two-year-old and the 2.000 Guineas in April.
He then disappointed as 16:10 favourite in the Derby, but easily won the Kobe Shimbun Hai on September 22.
He is now set to compete against older horses for the first time in the Tenno Sho and then enter the Japan Cup.
Most likely he will be ridden by the Belgian star jockey Christophe Soumillon.
2017 Japan Cup
and came fourth in this race last year. This year the seven-year-old son of Heart's Cry
was send around the world. Following a second place in the Dubai Sheema Classic, he travelled to England,
where he had no chance in the King George and Juddmonte International Stakes.
, also a son of Heart's Cry-Sohn, took part in the Dubai Sheema Classic too,
finished third there, half a length behind his half brother. He had however beaten Cheval Grand in last year's Japan Cup.
Suave Richard only run a single race in Japan this season, ended third in the Takarazuka Kinen on June 23.
He aims at the Tenno Sho (Autumn) and the 2019 Japan Cup as well.
Rey De Oro
won the Tenno Sho (Autumn) last year and got only narrowly beaten in the
2018 Arima Kinen
The 2017 Derby winner experiences a disappointing season though. Neither in the Dubai Sheema Classic
nor in the Takarazuka Kinen he made it under the first four, even finished only fourth as clear favourite
in the Sankei Sho All Comers at the end of September. Nevertheless, Rey De Oro will try to defend his
Tenno Sho (Autumn) title and then go to the Japan Cup, where he finished runner-up back in 2017.
triumphed in the Japanese Derby and the Kobe Shimbun Hai last year,
but could not start that year again due to injury reasons. He run only twice this year as well,
got third in the Osaka Hai in March and fourth in the Sapporo Kinen in August.
The son of Deep Impact is another, who should run the Tenno Sho ahead of the Japan Cup.
Loves Only You
won this year's Japanese Oaks in a new record time.
Due to a hoof infection she could not run since, will also not be able to start in the Shuka Sho on October 13, the third leg of the fillies' triple crown.
Would she get fit for the Japan Cup, she would obviously be among the favourites.
Last year's Japan Cup runner-up Kiseki
the winner of the
2018 Arima Kinen
and the current Tenno Sho (Spring) winner Fierement
are potential candidates for the 2019 Japan Cup too.
All three took part in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 6, why it is not clear where they will start next.