Three meetings in Japan on Thursday with racing from Himeji, Kasamatsu and Ohi. We've done the form and provided our best bets below.
Himeji Race 5- #2 Exotic Luna
There are a few chances in this but I think Exotic Luna makes the most appeal and isn't guaranteed to start favourite despite bringing the equal best last start rating into the field. Her win first up from a spell was solid, starting $2 there and leading all of the way, and she has rated higher in the past so she can improve again. With #4 Rinaldo lightly raced and coming off a 7 length win at $1.40, we should get a better price for Exotic Luna with very little between them.
Himeji Race 10- #1 Pisuhand
Keen on this six-year-old gelding who has built a very strong overall record and equalled his peak rating last time out, winning by 2.5 lengths at Sonoda, able to lead all of the way in fine style. Two of his three efforts this preparation are good enough to win this and I can forgive the miss in between on wet ground. From barrier one, he should be able to control the race again and from there he should be running them into the ground. #4 Tagano Tight may be a danger first up with strong ratings and having won his only start last time in.
Race 4 Kasamatsu- #1 Ric Torachan
This filly didn't manage to win a race in her first three starts last time in but wasn't far away, running 2nd, 2nd 3rd, and notably her best rating came over 1400m when beaten 1.5 lengths. She resumes now over the same trip with plenty of early speed to burn and from barrier one she should be going straight to the front. She does have to face last start winner #6 Tosen Sabrina but there isn't much between them and off their best runs I'd have Ric Torachan ahead so I'm keen to be with her.
Ohi (Tokyo City Keiba) Race 3- #1 Mumty Allure
This three-year-old colt resumes having just had one run in his debut preparation, posting a strong figure and a solid overall time, finishing second on that occasion when in the market at $2.90. He was immediately spelled and looks to have plenty of upside, something this field can't boast with most of them having had numerous starts and seemingly hitting their mark. #12 Assos did win two in a row before a spell and looks the obvious danger but I think Mumty Allure will end up a far better horse in time.