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2023 March
  • Thu, Mar 30, 2023
    Japan’s big race this weekend (Sunday, 2 April) is the G1 Osaka Hai (2000m) at Hanshin. Promoted to Group 1 status in 2017, this year marks the race’s 67th running of the storied contest.
  • Sat, Mar 25, 2023
    Stakes racing across three JRA venues this weekend, highlighted by the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo. That race, over 1200m on the turf, will see the return of smart mare Meikei Yell, who has six wins in stakes class but looking to add an elusive Grade 1 success.
  • Sat, Mar 18, 2023
    Assuming the JRA stave off strike action there is some superb racing across the three venues on Sunday including two races at Grade 2 level.
  • Sat, Mar 04, 2023
    The highlight of Sunday JRA racing is the Grade 2 Deep Impact Memorial over 2000m at Nakayama which brings together a small but competitive field. The Listed Osaka Castle Stakes heads the card at Hanshin.
  • Fri, Mar 03, 2023
    Two JRA venues this weekend with some quality racing on Saturday. Nakayama hosts the Grade 3 Ocean Stakes over 1200m which is a lead-up to the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo in three weeks. At Hanshin, the Grade 2 Tulip Stakes for the fillies over the mile is a stepping-stone to the 1000 Guineas next month. We’ve cast the eye over both cards and hopefully found some winners.
2023 February
  • Sat, Feb 25, 2023
    Three strong JRA cards scheduled for today with some very exciting racing. Feature races include the Grade 3 Hankyu Hai and Listed Marguerite Stakes at Hanshin, and the Grade 2 Nakayama Kinen at Nakayama. That race sees the promising So Valiant return from a break, along with Danon The Kid, who comes off a game second in the Longines Cup in Hong Kong.
  • Fri, Feb 24, 2023
    Three JRA meetings set down for Saturday with feature racing at Hanshin in two races at Listed level - the Nigawa Stakes on dirt and a small field for the Sumire Stakes on the turf. Over at Kokura though is the Shunrei Jumps Stakes - a feature over the fences which looks a great clash between promising chasers Smasher and T O Socrates.
  • Sat, Feb 18, 2023
    Feature racing across three JRA venues on Sunday with the feature on dirt at Tokyo in the Grade 1 February Stakes. That race will see the highly talented Lemon Pop, who has seven wins and three minors from 10 starts, take on the top level for the first time. He recorded a Grade 3 win fresh along with a career best figure but will no doubt be improved off the run.
  • Fri, Feb 17, 2023
    Grade One racing returns to Japan this weekend with the running of the February Stakes over the mile at Tokyo on Sunday. The Saturday cards feature Grade Three races at Tokyo and Hanshin, with Kokura the third venue. The best four across the JRA to start the weekend look this way.
  • Sun, Feb 12, 2023
    Racing And Sports brings you the best daily bets from the Japanese NAR circuit. There are three meetings across the NAR Circuits for Monday, with racing in Kochi, Urawa and Nagoya. Here are our best bets across the day.
  • Sat, Feb 11, 2023
    Some very competitive racing across three JRA venues on Sunday, the highlight being the Grade 2 Kyoto Kinen (2200m) on turf at Hanshin. The race will see the return of smart galloper Do Deuce, who is back from a campaign in France where he tackled the Prix Arc De La Triomphe at his last run before a spell.
  • Fri, Feb 10, 2023
    JRA racing at Kokura, Tokyo, and returning to Hanshin this weekend. The Saturday highlights are the Listed Rakuyo Stakes at Hanshin over the mile, and the Grade 3 Daily Hai Queen Cup at Tokyo, also over 1600m. The latter contest sees the return clash of a few fillies who contested the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies back in December and is a stepping-stone to the 1000 Guineas and possibly the Oaks in March/April. The best bets across the three circuits look this way.
  • Sat, Feb 04, 2023
    Very even racing across the three JRA cards on Sunday and two very good feature events. At Tokyo is the Grade 3 Shimbun Hai over a mile, which sees the return of Grade 2 winner Namur who loves racing while fresh. At Chukyo is a terrific contest for the three-year-olds in the Grade 3 Kisaragi Sho over 2000m with a host of promising youngsters engaged.
  • Fri, Feb 03, 2023
    Racing at Chukyo, Kokura and Tokyo again this weekend. The only stakes race on Saturday is race 10 at Chukyo, the Listed Elfin Stakes for the three-year-old fillies over a mile. There look to be some nice bets tomorrow; here is how we see it.
2023 January
  • Sat, Jan 28, 2023
    JRA racing across three cards on Sunday with two Grade 3 events the highlights. At Chukyo the feature is on turf over 1200m with the running of the Silk Road Stakes where the promising Mad Cool steps up to stakes class for the first time. Meanwhile Tokyo will host the Negishi Stakes over 1400m on dirt where the equally promising Lemon Pop, who just loves the Tokyo dirt circuit, returns from a break.
  • Fri, Jan 27, 2023
    Racing at Chukyo, Kokura and Tokyo this weekend. The Saturday fare is low-key, with the spotlight on Tokyo which hosts two Listed races.  It was difficult to find one at Kokura, so the best-bets focus is on the other two venues.
  • Sat, Jan 21, 2023
    Plenty of competitive racing across the three JRA meetings including a couple of Grade 2 events. At Chukyo is the Tokai TV Stakes on dirt while at Nakayama the showcase race on the card is the Amercian Jockey Club Cup on turf.
  • Fri, Jan 20, 2023
    Racing at three venues on the JRA circuit this weekend. Not a great deal of quality on offer on Saturday, with the only black-type race at Chukyo where a small field lines up for the Listed Wakagoma Stakes over 2000m. The best bets across the board look this way.
  • Sat, Jan 14, 2023
    Three JRA fixtures this Sunday with some very even racing and tough cards to navigate. The highlight across the day is no doubt the Grade 2 Nikkei Shinshun Hai (2200m) at Chukyo, where talented type Weltreisende brings his Japan Cup placing to the table.
  • Fri, Jan 13, 2023
    Racing at three venues on the JRA circuit this weekend. The feature on Saturday is the Grade 3 Aichi Hai over 2000m at Chukyo, while jumping enthusiasts will focus on races four and five at Kokura. Below are the best bets from the 36 races on offer on Saturday 14 January.
  • Sat, Jan 07, 2023
    JRA racing today is the second of a long weekend of fixtures with action at both Chukyo and Nakayama. The sole stakes race across the two cards is at Chukyo with the Grade 3 Shinzan Memorial over a mile for three-year-olds.
  • Wed, Jan 04, 2023
    There are two JRA meetings scheduled for today with stakes action at both. Nakayama plays host to the Grade 3 Nakayama Gold Cup (2000m), along with the Listed Junior Cup (1600m) for three-year-olds. At Chukyo, the drawcard is the Grade 3 Kyoto Gold Cup (1600m) along with the Manyo Stakes over 3000m for the stayers. 
  • Sun, Jan 01, 2023
    There are some competitive fields and interesting clashes across four meetings on the Japanese NAR circuit on Monday where Kawasaki looks to provide the best quality.

2023 March
  • Fri, Mar 24, 2023
    Three JRA venues this weekend which sees the launch of the Spring Grade 1 season on Sunday. There are two black-type races on Saturday - the Nikkei Sho for the stayers at Nakayama and the Daily Cup over 1800m at Hanshin. The third venue is Chukyo where the spotlight will shine on Sunday.
  • Fri, Mar 17, 2023
    Three JRA venues this weekend and plenty of quality racing. We are just a week away from the start of the Spring Grade 1 season so many of the black-types this weekend will be vital lead-ups to those features. There are two Grade 3 races on Saturday - the Flower Cup over 1800m at Nakayama and the Falcon Stakes over 1400m at Chukyo.
  • Fri, Mar 10, 2023
    Three JRA venues on a weekend that sees three Grade 2 and one Grade 3 race spread across all tracks. The Saturday spotlight is on Hanshin with the running of the Grade 2 Spring Jump. The feature at Nakayama is the Grade 3 Himba Stakes over 1800m which sees the reappearance of the talented Art House. Here’s how we’ve narrowed down the best chances across the board.
2023 January
  • Sun, Jan 08, 2023
    The third day of a long weekend of JRA racing is highlighted by the Grade 3 Fairy Stakes over the mile at Nakayama. The sprinters hold centre stage at Chukyo with the running of the Listed Yodo Tankyori Stakes over 1200m. Here is the best over the two venues.

2023 January