2015 News

November 27, 2015


Training Report of Foreign Entries
Japan Autumn International
The 35th Japan Cup (G1)

November 27, 2015 (Friday)

<At Tokyo Racecourse>

Weather: Fine
Going: Sloppy (dirt course), Yielding (turf course)


Erupt (IRE, C3, bay)

- jogged 1/2 lap, cantered lightly 1/2 lap, walked (dirt course)
- walked 1/4 lap, cantered 1 lap (turf course)
(exercised from 7:33 to 7:51, ridden by Aurelien Bellei)

“Yesterday at lunch, before the draw, Stephane Pasquier said I hope we get the number eight! So we got the number eight.”

(comments taken from Alan Cooper)

“I’m very happy with the horse’s condition—our team has done a very good job here to keep him happy and well and his condition is perfect.
This horse has already won a group one race but he has always been late in maturing and he keeps improving all the time.
Distance-wise, I think it would be interesting to see how the first ten furlong goes, obviously he stays a mile and a half but he has early speed and he travels very well—he’s very adaptable.”

(comments taken from Francis-Henri Graffard)

Ito (GER, C4, bay)

- jogged 1/2 lap, cantered lightly 3/4 lap (dirt course)
(exercised from 7:32 to 7:43, ridden by Rene Piechulek)

“The draw isn’t an ideal position but I’m glad it wasn’t the widest stall. The horse doesn’t have to set the pace, sitting in fifth to sixth is no problem for him. I would like to see a horse of mine win the Japan Cup before a Japanese horse claims the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.”

(comments taken from Jean-Pierre Carvalho)

“The horse is conditioned very well and is ready. He’s a good traveler and very easy to ride, so I’m looking forward to the race.”

(comments taken from Filip Minarik)

Nightflower (IRE, F3, chestnut)

- cantered 1-1/4 lap (dirt course)
(exercised from 7:32 to 7:43, ridden by Ilke Hildebrand)

“She cantered well this morning and she is in very good condition. I haven’t spoken with the trainer about her draw yet. Tomorrow’s work will be more or less the same as today.”


(comments taken from Ilke Hildebrand)

Trip To Paris (IRE, G4, bay)

- walked, jogged 1-1/2, cantered 3/4 lap (turf course)
(exercised from 7:39 to 8:10, ridden by Stephen Nicholson)

“After his race in York, he was given a bit of a break and then headed to Australia, and race by race, I think this horse is improving. He’s the best he has been since he’s been away.
I’m very happy with the draw—I spoke to Tommy Berry and he’s quite happy with it and we can ride a similar race to how it was ridden in the Caulfield Cup.
As a two-year-old he won at seven furlongs, he has also won on a mile and a half at three, two miles and two and a half miles this year, so it’s hard to tell which distance suits him best. The style of racing of this horse is that he just seems to go sleep for the first mile and just floats around without using any energy. He did the same for two miles at Ascot and just raced the last half mile, and that’s what I hope he can do in the Japan Cup, float around and race the last four furlongs.
He’ll work lightly tomorrow.”

(comments taken from Robin Trevor-Jones)

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