Japan Cup

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The Japan Cup is the most important horse race in Japan.[1] It is held at the end of November in the Tokyo Racecourse. The race is 2400 metres long and the winner gets about ¥533 million (about US $4.6 million) as an award (the highest reward for horse racing in the world).[2]

Winners[change | change source]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1981 Mairzy Doates 5 Cash Asmussen John Fulton Arno Schefler 2:25.3
1982 Half Iced 3 Don MacBeth Stanley M. Hough Bertram R. Firestone 2:27.1
1983 Stanerra 5 Brian Rouse Frank Dunne Frank Dunne 2:27.6
1984 Katsuragi Ace 4 Katsuichi Nishiura Kazumi Domon Ichizo Node 2:26.3
1985 Symboli Rudolf 4 Yukio Okabe Yuji Nohira Symboli Bokujo 2:28.8
1986 Jupiter Island 7 Pat Eddery Clive Brittain Marquess of Tavistock 2:25.0
1987 Le Glorieux 3 Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Sieglinde Wolf 2:24.9
1988 Pay The Butler 4 Chris McCarron Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 2:25.5
1989 Horlicks 6 Lance O'Sullivan Dave O'Sullivan Graham de Gruchy 2:22.2
1990 Better Loosen Up 5 Michael Clarke David Hayes Gabe Farrah, et al. 2:23.2
1991 Golden Pheasant 5 Gary Stevens Charles Whittingham McNall / Gretzky 2:24.7
1992 Tokai Teio 4 Yukio Okabe Shoichi Matsumoto Masanori Uchimura 2:24.6
1993 Legacy World 4 Hiroshi Kawachi Hideyuki Mori Horse Tajima Co. 2:24.4
1994 Marvelous Crown 4 Katsumi Minai Makoto Osawa Sadao Sasahara 2:23.6
1995 Lando 5 Michael Roberts Heinz Jentzsch Gestüt Haus Ittlingen 2:24.6
1996 Singspiel 4 Frankie Dettori Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:23.8
1997 Pilsudski 5 Michael Kinane Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock 2:25.8
1998 El Condor Pasa 3 Masayoshi Ebina Yoshitaka Ninomiya Takashi Watanabe 2:25.9
1999 Special Week 4 Yutaka Take Toshiaki Shirai Hiroyoshi Usuda 2:25.5
2000 T M Opera O 4 Ryuji Wada Ichizo Iwamoto Masatsugu Takezono 2:26.1
2001 Jungle Pocket 3 Olivier Peslier Sakae Watanabe Yomoji Saito 2:23.8
2002 Falbrav [1] 4 Frankie Dettori Luciano d'Auria Scuderia Rencati 2:12.2
2003 Tap Dance City 6 Tetsuzo Sato Shozo Sasaki Yushun Horse Syndicate 2:28.7
2004 Zenno Rob Roy 4 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Shinobu Oosako 2:24.2
2005 Alkaased 5 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Michael Charlton 2:22.1
2006 Deep Impact 4 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. 2:25.1
2007 Admire Moon 4 Yasunari Iwata Hiroyoshi Matsuda Darley Japan Farm Co. Ltd. 2:24.7
2008 Screen Hero 4 Mirco Demuro Yuichi Shikato Teruya Yoshida 2:25.5

1  The 2002 race took place at Nakayama Racecourse over a distance of 2,200 metres.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Japan Cup". Instant Action Sports. http://www.instantactionsports.com/uk/online-bookmaker/horses/japan-cup.html. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  2. "Japan Cup". Race Horse Owner.com. http://www.racehorseowner.com/art/rho-japan-cup.html. Retrieved 2008-12-24.