Japan Cup

The 38th running of Japan Cup (G1) in association with LONGINES

Invitational race

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Distance (surface):
2,400 meters, Turf (about 12 furlongs)
3yo & up
Tokyo Racecourse (Left-handed)
Maximum Number of Horses:
Early Nomination Close:
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Early Nomination Reward:
Available to the connections
  making the Early Nomination and run in the Japan Cup
Late Nomination:
Please contact JRA offices
Nomination Fee:
Free of Charge
Deadline for arriving in Japan:
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Thursday, 22 November 2018
Declaration Fee:
Early Nomination Close (Free):9 October 2018 by noon local time


Age / Sex Northern Hemisphere Bred Southern Hemisphere Bred
4yo+ C, H & G 57 kg (126lbs) 57 kg (126lbs)
4yo+ F & M 55 kg (121lbs) 55 kg (121lbs)
3yo C & G 55 kg (121lbs) 53 kg (117lbs)
3yo F 53 kg (117lbs) 51 kg (113lbs)
Tokyo Racecourse

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
Turf Course Undulation

Watch the race in 2017