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2021 Japan Cup Tips - O'Brien's raider can sweep Tokyo rivals aside

27 Nov 2021
Jon Vine 27 Nov 2021
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  • Tips and best bets for the 2021 Japan Cup
  • This Group One takes place at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday 28th November
  • Contrail is the hot favourite to go better than last year
  • Broome is our best each-way bet 12/1
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Japan Cup. (Getty)

One of the world's most lucrative flat races takes place at Tokyo racecourse on Sunday, as a classy field enters the stalls ahead of the Japan Cup. This one-and-a-half-mile Grade One was created in 1981 and has been won by many of Japan's greatest race horses, including Deep Impact and two-time winner, Almond Eye.

We've taken a look through the latest odds for this year's Japan Cup and picked out our best bets.

2021 Japan Cup Odds


*Odds taken on 27/11/21*

2021 Japan Cup Entries

Japan's Triple Crown winner of 2020, Contrail will carry a short price into Sunday's main event. Yoshito Yahagi's four-year-old finished second to Almond Eye in last year's renewal, and will be retired to stud following Sunday's Japan Cup.

This year's Japanese Derby winner, Shahryar sits second in the market, despite only finishing fourth in his prep race in September. Dual-Grade Two winner, Authority can also be found sitting on a single-figure price.

Japanese Oaks winner, Uberleben will take on the colts for the first time. Aristoteles could line up against Contrail again, having lost out by just a next to his rival in the Japanese version of the St Leger last season.

Aidan O'Brien could be represented by both Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up, Broome and the aptly named Japan. Japanese stars like Kiseki and Grand Glory also feature in the Tokyo entries.

2021 Japan Cup Tips

Contrail is a little too short in the betting for me, considering he's only run twice this year and been beaten on both occasions. In truth, there are few in this field who really look solid options based on this season's form.

One who does is BROOME, for Aidan O'Brien. Having missed most of 2020, Broome has been very busy this season, claiming Group Two and Three prizes at home in Ireland, before making all to win the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July.

After struggling on heavy ground in the Arc, Broome ran a cracking race in the Breeders' Cup Turf. O'Brien's five-year-old usually likes to lead, but missed the break at Del Mar and had to settle down in the pack. Irad Ortiz Jnr's mount then made strong headway rounding the bend and hit the front with a furlong to travel, only to be run down by the charging Yibir and relegated to second.

Broome is drawn well down in stall three. He's a proven traveller, a strong stayer over this trip and brings some excellent seasonal form to the table. For me, Broome is the best each-way bet in this year's Japan Cup.


Broome has enjoyed a fantastic season in 2021 and he offers plenty of each-way value at 12/1, in what looks a wide-open race.

2021 Japan Cup Tips: Broome Each-Way @12/1 at betfair - 10 Units
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