Champions Cup

The 23rd running of Champions Cup (G1)

Sunday, 4th December, 2022

Distance (surface):
1,800 meters, Dirt (about 9 furlongs)
3yo & up
Chukyo Racecourse (Left-handed)
Maximum Number of Horses:
Nomination Close:
Tuesday, 4th October, 2022
Nomination Fee:
Free of Charge
Deadline for arriving in Japan:
Thursday, 24th November, 2022
Thursday, 1st December, 2022
Declaration Fee:

* Nominated foreign horses of the Champions Cup (G1) will be automatically nominated for the Tokyo Daishoten (G1), scheduled to be held at NAR's Oi Racecourse in December 2022.

Nomination Close (Free): Tuesday, 4th October, 2022 by noon local time

Chukyo Racecourse

Tokyo Racecourse

Course Description

The Champions Cup is run over 1800m on dirt on a left-handed Chukyo track.

JRA's dirt courses are based on designs used in the United States, but uniquely fine-tuned to handle Japan's high precipitation. Tracks are packed firmly with a layer of mountain sand to support the horses' hooves and then covered with loose sand to absorb impact and ease leg stress. The horses must exert slightly greater effort when the track is dry, but speed is increased as the track absorbs more water.

Circumference 1,530m
Width 25m
Homestretch (final turn to finish) 410m
1,800m (D) Record Time as of December 2021 Sumahama (14 July 2019) 1.47.6
Turf Course Undulation

Watch 2021 race video