Japan Cup 2013

Yesterday we highlighted the chances or Ryan Moore in this weekend’s Japan Cup 2013, but what about the three connections with interest coming from western climes?

Joshua Tree  won the Canadian International on his most recent start with Moore atop is replaced by Johnny Murtagh on the six-year-old, who is joined by French-trained Dunaden and Ireland’s Simenon in the 33rd running of the Japan Cup.

Canadian International victor Joshua Tree, Britain’s sole representative, has been handed the outside post in a 17-runner field.

In 32 previous runnings of Japan’s richest race, no horse has ever won drawn higher than 16, though admittedly only 15 horses have started from such wide gates and lower double-figure posts have been no barrier to success over the years in the 1m4f event.

A total of 17 winners have come from between gates ten and 16, which is good news for Europe’s other two representatives as French-trained Dunaden is drawn ten, four inside Willie Mullins’ Simenon.

The European trio all stretched their legs at Tokyo racecourse on Thursday morning, where Joshua Tree was in top shape.

“At this stage he’d be 110 per cent – he couldn’t be any better,” added Stringer.

“The track here should be right up his street as he loves to gallop and this stiff mile and a half should bring out all of his fighting qualities. I think he’s the real deal at the moment. He looks fantastic; he’s at the top of his game.”

The Canadian International is one of several qualifying races for the lucrative Japan Cup bonus scheme, whereby a horse winning both races earns an extra $888,000 (£571,000). Even third place would net Joshua Tree’s connections an extra $222,000 (£142,000).

Joshua Tree is aiming to become the fifth British-trained winner of the Japan Cup after Jupiter Island (1986), Singspiel (1996), Pilsudski (1997) and Alkaased (2005).

Dunaden is ridden by Jamie Spencer while Richard Hughes retains the ride on Simenon, whom he rode to finish fourth in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Brit, William Buick also has a mount on locally trained outsider Tosen Jordan.

As highlighted yesterday, Gentildonna, is 2-1 joint favourite and is bidding to become the first repeat winner of Japan’s richest race, having scored under Yasunari Iwata in 2012, when she also landed the fillies’ Triple Crown.

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Today’s flat selections come from Kempton Park in the early evening meeting. Yesterday another of our EW selections finished two necks 3rd at 8/1. GEORGE GURU  was placed in the Kempton 19.10 last night….continuing our week of ‘hitting the post’ with a run of  EW places at good odds……but just missing out on what would be excellent priced winner.

Just two selections today from Wolverhampton’s AWT early evening meeting….

Wolverhampton 18.40……SOUL INTENT quickened up nicely to win by a cosy half-a-length over todays rival Off The Pulse over C&D  last month. Being just 1lb worse off today and boasting a record of 2 from 3 on the AWT can confirm that form at the expense of Crème Anglaise who is the class horse of the race based on form of a 2 years ago. Our selection is a best priced 5/2 with bet365 and Crème Anglaise a very backable EW price of 7/1 with BetButler.

Wolverhampton 19.10…..Miguel Grau hacked up in a C&D maiden here and then went close in handicap company last time out is likely to be a justified short priced favourite at a best 1 1/8 with Seanniemac. However we will look for some EW value here and go with FAME AGAIN. He likes it here with a record of 2 from 5 and Mick Easterby’s charge will have come of for an outing early November following 3 months off at a best priced 8/1 with Bet Victor.

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