Key race replays for the Japan Cup

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November 29th, 2015

For late-night cramming ahead of the 1:40 a.m. (EST) feature at Tokyo, here are some key race replays to accompany our Japan Cup (G1) preview and quotes from connections.

Eight runners are coming out of the Tenno Sho Autumn (G1), led by the victorious Lovely Day and fourth-placer Shonan Pandora:


Shonan Pandora previously mowed down a solid field in the Sankei Sho All Comers (G2):


Two back, Lovely Day captured the Kyoto Daishoten (G2) over Sounds of Earth:


Three back, Lovely Day prevailed in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1). Pay attention to the start, and watch how badly the gray Gold Ship blows it:


But Gold Ship had his head in the game two starts ago in the Tenno Sho Spring (G1):


Last Impact hasn’t won since last December’s record-setting Kinko Sho (G2), but he looked pretty good sweeping from off the pace there. You might hear Lovely Day’s name being called en route to his fourth:


Mikki Queen is along in time in the Japanese Oaks (G1):


But Mikki Queen had to work a bit early to minimize the damage from post 18 in the Shuka Sho (G1):


Erupt scored his signature win in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1):


And Erupt performed creditably when fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1):


Nightflower was last seen running down Ito in the Grosser Preis von Europa (G1):


But Ito could not be caught in the Grosser Preis von Bayern (G1):


Trip to Paris won the 2 1/2-mile Ascot Gold Cup (G1) and finished an honorable fourth in the two-mile Melbourne Cup (G1), but his second in the Caulfield Cup (G1) may be more instructive as a 1 1/2-mile event: