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Champions Cup

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History

JUN LIGHT BOLT winning the Champions Cup at Chukyo in Japan.
JUN LIGHT BOLT winning the Champions Cup at Chukyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Champions Cup is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and above at Chukyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.

The Champions Cup is run over 1800m. It is run on the dirt. It was first run in 2000 and was won by Wing Arrow.

The race was originally known as the Japan Cup Dirt until 2013. It is usually the week after the Japan Cup itself.

Races like the Dubai World Cup, the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Kentucky Derby see the winner eligible to run in the Champions Cup and obtain JPY bonuses. There are also 11 other US feature races which offer bonuses for the double being done.

This race and the February Stakes in February are the only Grade 1 dirt race organized by the JRA.

The Champions Cup is worth JPY259,200,000 in 2022.

Chukyo racecourse is a left handed course with the start halfway up the home straight.

The Champions Cup has been run at various courses. In 2000, 2001, 2003-2007 it was at Tokyo (2100m), 2002 at Nakayama (1800m), 2008-2013 over 1800m at Hanshin and from 2014 at Chukyo over 1800m.

Transcend is the only back to back winner (2010/2011) but Kane Hekili won two races three years apart.

Le Vent Se Leve was the first 3yo to win since Alondite in 2006. Chrysoberyl would double that up in 2019 winning as a six start unbeaten 3yo.

No surprise that the most successful jockey is Yutaka Take who has four wins.

Katsuhiko Sumii has won three Champions Cups.

Notable winners of the Champions Cup include Chrysoberyl (2019), Gold Dream (2017), Kane Hekili (2005/2008) and Eagle Café (2002).

The 2022 Champions Cup was won by Jun Light Bolt from Crown Pride and Hapi.


Racing and Sports

Previous Champions Cup Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
JUN LIGHT BOLT (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - SPECIAL GROOVE (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
YUKITO ISHIKAWA 57.0 Y TOMOMICHI 5
T O KEYNES (JPN) 4H
SINISTER MINISTER (USA) - MAXIM CAFE (JPN) MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA 57.0 DAISUKE TAKAYANAGI 6
CHUWA WIZARD (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - CHUWA BLOSSOM (JPN) DURANDAL (JPN)
K TOSAKI 57.0 R OKUBO 11
CHRYSOBERYL (JPN) 3C
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - CHRYSOPRASE (JPN) EL CONDOR PASA (USA)
Y KAWADA 55.0 H OTONASHI 5
LE VENT SE LEVE (JPN) 3C
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - MAESTRALE (JPN) NEO UNIVERSE (JPN)
M DEMURO 56.0 K HAGIWARA 2
GOLD DREAM (JPN) 4H
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - MON VERT (JPN) FRENCH DEPUTY (USA)
RYAN MOORE 57.0 O HIRATA 9
SAMBISTA (JPN) 6M
SUZUKA MAMBO (JPN) - WHITE CARNIVAL (JPN) MISIL (USA)
M DEMURO 55.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 4
BELSHAZZAR (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - MARUKA CANDY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C P LEMAIRE 57.0 K MATSUDA 12
NIHONPIRO OURS (JPN) 5H
WHITE MUZZLE (GB) - NIHONPILLOW LUPINUS (JPN) ADMIRE VEGA (JPN)
MANABU SAKAI 57.0 Y OHASHI 14
TRANSCEND (JPN) 5H
WILD RUSH (USA) - CINEMA SCOPE (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
S FUJITA 57.0 TAKAYUKI YASUDA 16
TRANSCEND (JPN) 4H
WILD RUSH (USA) - CINEMA SCOPE (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
S FUJITA 57.0 TAKAYUKI YASUDA 3
ESPOIR CITY (JPN) 4H
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - EMINENT CITY (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
TETSUZO SATO 57.0 AKIO ADACHI 1
KANE HEKILI (JPN) 6H
FUJI KISEKI (JPN) - LIFE OUT THERE (USA) DEPUTY MINISTER (CAN)
C P LEMAIRE 57.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 10
VERMILION (JPN) 5H
EL CONDOR PASA (USA) - SCARLET LADY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 57.0 S ISHIZAKA 7
ALONDITE (JPN) 3
EL CONDOR PASA (USA) - CATHERINE PARR (USA) RIVERMAN (USA)
HIROKI GOTO 55.0 S ISHIZAKA 4
KANE HEKILI (JPN) 3C
FUJI KISEKI (JPN) - LIFE OUT THERE (USA) DEPUTY MINISTER (CAN)
YUTAKA TAKE 55.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 10
TIME PARADOX (JPN) 6H
BRIAN'S TIME (USA) - JOLIE ZAZA (IRE) ALZAO (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 57.0 H MATSUDA 14
FLEETSTREET DANCER (USA) 5G
SMART STRIKE (CAN) - STREET BALLET (USA) NIJINSKY (CAN)
JON COURT 57.0 DOUG F O'NEILL 5
EAGLE CAFE (USA) 5H
GULCH (USA) - NET DANCER (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
L DETTORI 57.0 F KOJIMA 9
KUROFUNE (USA) 3C
FRENCH DEPUTY (USA) - BLUE AVENUE (USA) CLASSIC GO GO (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 55.5 K MATSUDA

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