The Japan Cup is run over 2400m on turf on a left-handed track. The race starts from the homestretch, about 300m from the winning post. The first 440m run to the first turn is flat, leading into the backstretch. After traveling 1100m, there is a gentle slope of 1.8m (0.23%) going down from 780m. From this point, there is a sharp rise of 1.2m (2%) for 60m, and after running flat for 80m, just before the third turn, there is another slope of 2.2m (0.64%) going down for 260m. Leading into the final 525m homestretch, there is a gradual rise of 30cm (0.3%) for 100m and a steady uphill of 2m (1.7%) for 120m, with a flat final 300m remaining to the winning post.
Homestretch (final turn to finish) 525m
2,400m (T) Record Time as of June 2011:
Alkaased (27 November 2005) 2:22.1
well, i really do hope danedream wins it, hopefully buena vista will run a good one too..there sure are a lot of nice horses in here that have a good chance if things go their way
I really hope that both Danedream and Buena Vista will win it.
Will Danedream be the first Arc winner to win the Japan Cup?
Will Buena Vista be the first horse to finish first twice in the Japan Cup?
I would love to see a dead-heat!!
This is a very deep field, probably the race of the year.
Good luck to everyone!!
-- Win odds (as of Saturday close)
Buena Vista(JPN) 27/10
Victoire Pisa(JPN) 10/1
Tosen Jordan(JPN) 10/1
Eishin Flash(JPN) 11/1
Win Variation(JPN) 12/1
To the Glory(JPN) 15/1
Rose Kingdom(JPN) 21/1
Oken Vruce Lee(JPN) 41/1
Sarah Lynx(IRE) 69/1
Jaguar Mail(JPN) 85/1
Mission Approved(USA) 109/1
King Top Gun(JPN) 193/1
Bunch of horses with a genuine chance of winning. Of course, im biased towards Danedream and hope all the best for the little filly, but i wouldnt be surprised if the Japanese lead home a 1-2-3 victory. What a stellar race.