Tokyo Racecourse

Tokyo Racecourse is situated in Fuchu City, a suburb of the Tokyo-Yokohama Metropolitan Area, on the island of Honshu, Japan. The racecourse was built in 1933 and today, under the auspices of the Japanese Racing Association, is famous as the home of the Japanese Derby, the Japanese Oaks and the Japan Cup, which is run over 2, 400 metres, or approximately 1½ miles, on the last Sunday in November each year. In terms of prestige, the Japan Cup, worth ¥521 million, or £3.27 million, in total prize money, ranks alongside the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Melbourne Cup.

 

Course Characteristics

The turf course at Tokyo is a left-handed oval, a little over 10 furlongs in circumference with wide, sweeping turns and a home straight just over 2½ furlongs in length. The course features undulations throughout, but the home straight is notably uphill before levelling out for the last furlong or so. The dirt course, which runs inside the turf course, has a circumference of just under 9½ furlongs.

 

Track Facts

The highest one-day attendance at Tokyo racecourse was 196,517 on May 27, 1990.

The last Japan Cup winner trained outside Japan was Alkaased, trained by Luca Cumani and ridden by Frankie Dettori, in 2005.

No horse has won the Japan Cup more than once.

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