Iquitos, Guignol arrive to Japan for Japan Cup (G1)
Two German contenders in this year’s Grade 1 Japan Cup – Iquitos and Guignol – arrived in Japan safely on Tuesday night. Upon arriving at Narita Airport, the duo were transported to the Quarantine Stable at the JRA Horseracing School in Shiroi, Chiba Prefecture, completing a 20-hour trip for Iquitos and a 22-hour trip for Guignol from their home stables.
Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time arrived early Tuesday and Ireland-trained Idaho is scheduled to arrive on Thursday afternoon.
“The horse looks a bit tired from the trip, but I’m not too worried about it,” said Janina Reese, assistant trainer for Iquitos. “As for preparation, the trainer has left it up to us who know the most about Iquitos. We’ll monitor the horse’s condition and decide on his training menu.”
“He seems to be in good condition,” said Michael Cadeddu, assistant trainer for Guignol. “I have not received any instructions from the trainer. We’ll keep an eye on the horse’s condition and decide what to do from there.”
The 37th running of the Japan Cup will be held on Nov. 26 at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters.