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  • Fri, Oct 27, 2023
    The top-level action in Japan moves to Tokyo Racecourse this Sunday (29 October) with the 168th running of the G1 Tenno Sho Autumn (2000m), and the spotlight is on last year’s victor Equinox.
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  • Sat, Apr 15, 2023
    Terrific racing across three JRA venues today with stakes races at Hanshin, Fukushima and Nakayama. The latter plays host to an incredible line-up of three-year-olds colts in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho over 2000m - a race bursting with talent and winning form.
  • Sat, Apr 08, 2023
    While there's competitive racing across all three JRA venues on Sunday, all eyes will be on Hanshin for the Grade 1 Oka Sho. That race, over a mile on the turf, showcases a big field of promising fillies including the smart Liberty Island.
2023 March
  • Fri, Mar 31, 2023
    Just the two JRA meetings set down for racing on Saturday with the feature at Nakayama in the Grade 3 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy. In what looks a competitive race over a mile on turf, leading rider Christophe Lemaire takes over on the talented Justin Cafe who headlines a strong field.
  • 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.
2022 December
  • Tue, Dec 27, 2022
    Two JRA meetings on offer today with all eyes on the feature juvenile event on show at Nakayama - the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes (2000m) on the turf. And what a contest, with a host of promising youngsters engaged, many unbeaten, and looking to fulfil their potential at the top level.
  • Sat, Dec 24, 2022
    Arguably the number one race in Japan is The Arima Kinen, and this year’s renewal is one for the ages. Seven individual Grade One winners take their place in the 2500m test at Nakayama, including the 2021 winner Efforia. Christmas Day racing also taking place at Hanshin, although it is a comparatively low-key card.
  • Fri, Dec 23, 2022
    A bumper weekend of Grade One racing on the JRA circuit. The curtain opens on Saturday with the Nakayama Daishogai steeplechase over 4100m, race 10 on the card. Can the champion Oju Chosan register an incredible 10th Grade One win? The other feature is the Grade Two Hanshin Cup which sees a capacity field of 18 go around over 1400m. The best across the two venues on Christmas Eve look this way.
  • Thu, Dec 22, 2022
    Christmas Day is G1 Arima Kinen (2500m) Day this year with the 67th running of Japan’s racing grand finale, also known as “The Grand Prix,” set for Sunday (25 December) at Nakayama Racecourse. The lineup of 16 is packed with talent and picking the winner, let alone the top three finishers, is going to require more luck than usual.
  • Sat, Dec 10, 2022
    Very competitive racing across the three JRA meetings on Sunday but all eyes will be on Hanshin for one of the most exciting contests of the season - the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes over a mile. It's shaping as an intriguing rematch between Ravel and Liberty Island along with a host of up and comers.
2022 November
  • Sat, Nov 26, 2022
    Racing eyes the world over will be focused on Japan today with the running of the Grade 1 Japan Cup (2400m) at Tokyo. As always, a contingent of both international horses and riders will be trying to wrest away the feature trophy from the strong line-up of Japanese horses in this year's feature on turf and it's no easy feat - the last invader to win being Alkaased for the Cumani/Dettori combination in 2005.
  • Sat, Nov 19, 2022
    Terrific racing across the three JRA meetings on Sunday, the feature at Hanshin with the running of the Grade 1 Mile Championship (1600m) on the turf. Complementing that wide open race on the turf is the Listed Minyu Cup (1700m) on the dirt at Fukushima.
  • Fri, Nov 11, 2022
    Plenty of quality JRA racing over the next two days at Tokyo, Hanshin and Fukushima. The spotlight venue on Saturday is Hanshin which hosts the Grade 3 Kyoto Jump and the Grade 2 Daily Cup for the two-year-olds. At Tokyo, a big field of milers will contest the Grade 3 Musashino. The best bets look this way.
  • Fri, Nov 11, 2022
    Japan’s G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2200m) at Hanshin Racecourse is the top showcase race for fillies and mares aged three years old and up. Steeped in history, the race served unofficially as the Fillies’ Triple Crown finale before the G1 Shuka Sho’s (2000m) inauguration in 1996.
  • Sat, Nov 05, 2022
    Competitive racing across the three JRA meetings for Sunday, including the Grade 2 Copa Republica Argentina Stakes (2500m) at Tokyo and the Grade 3 Miyako Stakes (1800m) at Hanshin.
2022 October
  • Sat, Oct 29, 2022
    There's some strong racing on the cards across the three JRA meetings on Sunday, featuring the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (2000m) at Tokyo. Complementing that superb race are the Listed Autumn Dash (1000m) at Niigata and the Listed Cassiopeia Stakes (1800m) at Hanshin.
  • Sat, Oct 22, 2022
    The three JRA meetings host some terrific racing today highlighted by the Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (3000m) for the three-year-old colts at Hanshin. Others feature racing across the other two cards are theListed Brazil Cup on dirt at Tokyo and the Himba Stakes on turf at Niigata.
  • Fri, Oct 21, 2022
    JRA racing at Tokyo, Hanshin and Niigata this weekend. The Saturday highlight is race 11 at Tokyo, the Grade 2 Fuji Stakes, featuring the return of Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup winner Danon Scorpion. We’ve steered clear of the big race in search of winners across the three venues.
  • Sat, Oct 15, 2022
    Terrific racing across three JRA meetings today, highlighted by the Grade 1 Shuka Sho (2000m) at HanShin on the turf. Another highlight is over the fences with the Grade 2 Tokyo High Jump (3110m) at Tokyo. That race sees the return of the Nakayama Grand Jump winner Oju Chosan and we like him a lot.
  • Mon, Oct 10, 2022
    Day three of the JRA triple header with racing at both Tokyo and Hanshin, the feature the Grade 2 Kyoto Daishoten over 2400m on the turf at Hanshin. That race sees the return of honest entire Boccherini, who won a similar race at the same level before a spell and he looks tough to beat again today.
2022 September
  • Thu, Sep 29, 2022
    The G1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m) on Sunday (2 October) afternoon at Nakayama Racecourse kicks off Japan’s autumn slew of big races with an intriguing and even field engaged in what shapes as a blisteringly fast edition of one of the Japanese Racing Association’s two Group 1 sprints.
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  • Fri, Mar 25, 2022
    The G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m), Japan’s first big sprint of the year, highlights Chukyo’s second meeting of 2022 on Sunday (27 March). Short on Group 1 winners, the field is dominated by five-year-old Resistencia, who towers above the other expected 17 contenders as she continues to capture headlines leading into the weekend’s race.
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  • Fri, Apr 17, 2020
    The super three – Contrail, Salios and Satono Flag – maintained their grip on popularity heading in to Sunday’s (19 April) G1 Satsuki Sho at Nakayama. Final workouts were held at both JRA training centres on Wednesday (15 April) ahead of the 2000m turf classic, the first leg in Japan’s Triple Crown.
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