Training Report of Foreign Entries
Japan Autumn International
The 35th Japan Cup (G1)
November 28, 2015 (Saturday)
<At Tokyo Racecourse>
Going: Muddy (dirt course), Firm (turf course)
Erupt (IRE, C3, by bay)
- jogged 1/4 lap, cantered 2 laps (dirt course)
(exercised from 6:45 to 7:01, ridden by Aurelien Bellei)
“The horse is happy and is in very good form. He couldn’t be better.
The turf this morning was frosty and I think the surface will be just right for our horse by the time the race starts tomorrow.
We plan to do the same kind of work with him tomorrow morning.”
(comments taken from Francis-Henri Graffard)
Ito (GER, C4, bay)
- jogged 1/2 lap, cantered 3/4 lap (dirt course)
(exercised from 6:44 to 6:55, ridden by Rene Piechulek)
“The condition of the horse is very good. He was raced four weeks ago so we have tuned him up with consideration of his fatigue.
It’s not that he always has to race up front—he has good speed at the start so depending on the other horses, he will probably take the lead.”
(comments taken from Jean-Pierre Carvalho)
Nightflower (IRE, F3, chestnut)
- cantered 1-1/4 lap (dirt course)
(exercised from 6:44 to 6:55, ridden by Ilke Hildebrand)
“The horse is doing very well. She finished her fast work back home so we just tried to keep her fresh here.
The draw is the widest one, but we have done everything to prepare her for the race and since she’s a strong filly with the advantage of the 53kg impost, she has every chance and I hope she can give her best.”
(comments taken from Peter Schiergen)
Trip To Paris (IRE, G4, bay)
- walked, jogged 1-1/2, cantered 3/4 lap (turf course)
(exercised from 6:59 to 7:27, ridden by Stephen Nicholson)
“It was the first time I’ve seen him since his arrival in Japan and I’m very happy. The racecourse looks to be in very good condition and we’re happy.
I think the key is the pace in the race. He travels well and for a staying horse he has a good turn of foot, and he can quicken. We’ve drawn next to one of the favorites, so I’m sure we’ll be close to him and see what happens. For a horse whose won the Ascot Gold Cup he has a good turn of foot, but this is his first time in a group one weight-for-age race—the Caulfield Cup was a handicap—and as a young horse I want to see how he competes against some of the best mile-and-a-half horses.”
(comments taken from Edward Dunlop)