Japan Racing Preview – 6th February 2023

Just two meetings on the Japanese NAR circuit on Monday but there are some good betting opportunities, particularly at the premier Funabashi meeting.

Funabashi Racecourse.
Funabashi Racecourse.

Funabashi - Race 5 #9 Chouette Kazu

The lightly-raced but progressive Chouette Kazu looks very well placed in this line-up. He drew wide in his resuming run and produced a good effort for a 2L second, his first outing since a win at this course and distance last March. He will be fitter the hitout and has more upside than these rivals so looks hard to stop. S T Elegant has been down the track at her last couple of attempts but had produced a couple of solid efforts before that so she is capable of a return to form while M Chan and Betty Shaanxi both resume off spells but each is capable of making an impact if they produce their best form first up.


Funabashi – Race 8 #11 Mashi Good Luck

Mashi Good Luck found winning form in his latest appearance at this track and trip and he looks nicely placed to back that up. He is building an impressive record over this journey, recording two wins and a placing from just three attempts. He will have to overcome a wide draw but his ratings suggest he will be too strong for this field. Peace Lien showed good improvement when second up at his last appearance, chasing well to finish runner up. He will enjoy getting up to 1000m as he has recorded a win and a placing in two attempts at the trip. Enrosadira wasn't too far off the placegetters last time and had looked close to a win when runner up at her previous two.


Funabashi – Race 12 #2 Baikal

It's very hard to knock the form of Baikal who made it three wins in a row when coming from a wide barrier and toughing it out in her first outing for almost five months. She has the pace to take advantage of a much lower draw and flies second up winning three of four attempts. She also owns impressive strike rates at the course and the distance so ticks plenty of boxes for this. Anklet Heart was only a length behind Baikal when third last start. She may not have as much upside as that rival but will get the favours from the inside draw while Mykonos Flavor races well second up so is a likely improver.


Kasamatsu – Race 4 #1 Hinaarare

Hinaarare has returned in tip-top shape this campaign, missing narrowly in her resuming run then leading and proving too strong in a 1.5L win over 1500m at Nagoya last time. She comes back to a trip where she is unbeaten and should be at her peak third up. She can take full advantage of the inside draw and prove tough to catch. Bright Ruby hinted at a return to form in her latest appearance when she raced on pace and stuck on for second at this course. She draws closer to the fence so expecting her to feature in the finish again.

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