Japan Racing Preview - 18th of January 2023

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Four NAR meetings install for Japan on Wednesday with racing at Funabashi, Himeji, Kochi and Nagoya. The 1000m Conditions event at Funabashi highlights the day's action with an exciting field assembled for the sprint. We've landed on four plays that cover the respective cards.

Funabashi Race 4 - #4 Derma Ammit 

Siding with the Noboru Sakamoto-trained Derma Ammit to get the job done for us at Funabashi. We should be able to take a price about our selection with the market's attention focused toward the picket fence Ring Up has built. While the anticipated favourite Ring Up does look hard to beat, off the numbers there isn't a great deal between the pair. Derma Ammit has been thereabouts since making the shift from the JRA circuit and looks well placed to make a strong account of himself in this.

Himeji Race 6 - #4 Bellagio Pride

Was impressed with the return of Bellagio Pride at the latest over the track and trip when showing good early toe to lead them into the lane. Struggled to find the extra kick when challenged but battled on gamely to the line to finish under a length away. Gets the key booking of Tomohiro Yoshimura who is in great touch, striking at a highly impressive 46% from his last 50 starts. Expect him to settle ahead of his immediate threat Quantum Leap and should have enough fuel in the tank this time to fend off any challenges.

Kochi Race 2 - #3 Lutin

Looking to strike early at Kochi with Lutin from the in-form Yuji Uchikoshi stable. Lutin made a solid return at the latest when making his course debut, beaten a long neck over the 1300m. The extra 100m shouldn't bother with the entire stripping fitter second-up and jumps from a favourable draw. Should face a good test from last start winners Honey Trap and Sound Hero but looks to carry a class edge over them.

Nagoya Race 7 - #5 Sun Bloomington

Keen on Sun Bloomington to score a much deserved victory. Has been knocking on the door of late with placings in his last three. Has taken to the Nagoya surface well and has built a solid record over this trip without winning. Expect him to prove mighty hard to hold out over the concluding stages.

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