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2020 Japan Cup Odds - Contrail heads Almond Eye in Tokyo betting

  • We bring you the latest odds for the 2020 Japan Cup
  • This lucrative Group One will be run at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday 29th November
  • Unbeaten three-year-old Contrail is the early favourite
  • Crowd favourite Almond Eye sits second in the Japan Cup betting
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Almond Eye will battle it out with Contrail and Daring Tact as she bids to win back the Japan Cup. (Getty)
Freetips staff 28 Nov 2020
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We take a look through the 2020 Japan Cup betting and highlight a few horses you'll see run at Tokyo at the end of the month.

Established in 1981, the Japan Cup has quickly become the most famous flat race in Japanese horse racing. Many of Japan's greatest horses, like Deep Impact and Gentildonna have won the Japan Cup during it's history, and a strong field will like up at Tokyo on Saturday.

2020 Japan Cup Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Almond Eye9/4William Hill
Daring Tact4/1bet365
Saturnalia20/1William Hill
Glory Vase20/1William Hill

*Odds taken on 21/11/20*

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Topping the market we find Contrail, who's enjoyed an unbeaten three-year-old campaign thus far. On his last start, Contrail battled bravely to complete the Triple Crown in the Japanese St Leger, over a trip which seemed a little on the stuff side. 

Yoshito Yahagi's star will be much more comfortable back over the Japan Cup distance, and won the Tokyo Yushen here at Tokyo in May. Contrail sits prominently in the betting for the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which shows he's a colt with immense quality.

2020 Japan Cup Second-Favourite

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Sitting closest to Contrail we find Almond Eye, who won the Japan Cup as a three-year-old in 2018. 

Sakae Kunieda's mare has been beaten in three of her last six starts, but warmed up for a return to the Japan Cup with a narrow win in the Tenno Sho, and will have one final crack at a Grade One before being retired.

2020 Japan Cup Runners

Other notable runners in the 2020 Japan Cup include Daring Tact, who was recently crownd the Champion Filly of the Season in Japan. 

Victory in the Shuka Sho sealed the Fillies' Triple Crown for this talented four-year-old, and she's the only other runner sitting on a single-figure price.

Saturnalia won a Grade Two as the odds-on favourite in the Kinko Shin in March, and did managed to score in the Japanese Guineas under Christophe Lemaire in 2019.

Glory Vase bolted up in the 2019 Hong Kong Vase under Joao Moreira in 2019, and won a Grade Two at Kyoto on his most recent start.

Loves Only You was unbeaten going into the 2019 Queens Cup, but could only finish third that day and hasn't performed at the highest level since then.

Yasuo Tomomichi, who won this race with Cheval Grand, could throw You Can Smile into the mix. World Premiere and Kiseki are other possible runners in Tokyo's seasonal highlight.


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