Way To Paris arrives safely for Grade 1 Japan Cup
Way To Paris
The lone foreign contenders for this year’s Grade 1 Japan Cup, Way To Paris (GB), arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Thursday. The 7-year-old horse was transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where he arrived at 7:15 p.m., completing about a 27-hour journey from his home stable.
“The horse seems a bit tired from the transportation but he is full of energy,” said assistant trainer Zoe Pfeil. “The trainer has told me to just walk and shower him tomorrow (Nov. 20). We’ll see how he is and gradually pick up the pace of his training like we do back home. We will work him lightly for the first three days here and canter him from there on.”
Way To Paris, a 7-year-old horse by Champs Elysees and trained by Andrea Marcialis, has 7 wins from 36 career starts, including his first Group 1 victory in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June. He finished ninth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.The Japan Cup will be run on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Tokyo Racecourse, with a scheduled post time of 15:40 local time.