With Derby winners out, forty second Cup is anybody’s to win

It was again in 1981 when the Japan Cup was first run at Tokyo racecourse in a bid to see how Japanese horses would fare in opposition to challengers from different international locations. That first race went the way in which of a 5-year-old mare from America, Mairzy Doates, ridden by Money Asmussen.

The horse was despatched off the fifth favourite, however not solely did she win, she additionally set a brand new course document for the two,400-meter race of two:25.3 seconds. That point has since been whittled down through the years, exhibiting simply how significantly better the horses within the race have change into. However it did have the Japanese racing fraternity fairly fearful again then about whether or not native runners would ever be capable to obtain a world-class commonplace.

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