2019 Japan Cup Preview, Betting Predictions & Tips


DateSunday 24th November, 2019
TrackTokyo Racecourse
Distance2400m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights
Prize MoneyUS$5.8 million
Age3YO+

One of the premier end-of-year staying races, the Japan Cup has long been a race of dreams and it’s one of the most watched thoroughbred races in the world. 

Held at Tokyo in November, the 2400m staying feature includes the best stayers in Japan and often an international contingent lines up, including horses from Europe and Australasia. 

Ranked alongside the likes of the Melbourne Cup and Prix de I’Arc, the Japan Cup is a true test of stamina and punters love betting on Japan’s biggest race.

Japan Cup betting card 2019


There are 11 races on the Japan Cup card, including three maiden races and seven stakes-graded events. 

Race 1: Maiden 1400m 
Race 2: Maiden 1600m 
Race 3: Maiden 2000m 
Race 4: 2YO WFA 
Race 5: 3YO+ Dirt 
Race 6: 3YO+ Dirt 
Race 7: Begonia Sho 
Race 8: Oriental Sho 
Race 9: Shangrila Sho 
Race 10: Welcome Stakes 
Race 11: Japan Cup 

2019 Japan Cup betting selections & tips


We will have free tips for the 2019 Japan Cup available when markets are released.

Japan Cup history


Despite having only a brief period of history, the Japan Cup has quickly become one of the more respected staying races in the world. 

It was first run in 1981 when American invitee Mairzy Doates was too good for her opposition. At that time, horses from only a set list of countries were allowed to run in the Japan Cup, but it is now open to all runners good enough to race. 

The first two winners were from the US, with Half Iced taking out the Japan Cup in 1982 when holding out French fillies All Along and April Run. Fillies have a great record in the race, which also included 2018 winner Almond Eye. 

Almond Eye would smash the race record with a time of 2:20.6. The champion filly was the odds-on favourite to win and breezed past the opposition in the straight. 

The Japan Cup has been dominated by Japanese horses since 2006, with no internationally-trained runner winning since 2005 when Alkaased won for Great Britain. 

American Triple Crown runners often take part in the Japan Cup, which has included the likes of Orfevre and Fillies Triple Crown winner Gentildonna. 

Many champions have won the Japan Cup and household names include Better Loosen Up, Singspiel, Falbrav – the only Italian winner – and Deep Impact.

Japan Cup winners by country


  • Japan - 22
  • USA - 4
  • Great Britain - 4
  • France - 1
  • Germany - 1
  • Italy - 1
  • Australia - 1
  • New Zealand - 1

Japan Cup bonus races


If an international runner wins a certain race around the world and then wins the Japan Cup, a bonus of either 80, 32 or 20 million yen is added to the purse. 


Past Japan Cup winners


Year
Winner
2018Almond Eye
2017Chevel Grand
2016Kitasan Black
2015Shonan Pandora
2014Epiphaneia
2013Gentildonna
2012Gentildonna
2011Buena Vista
2010Rose Kingdom
2009Vodka
2008Screen Heri
2007Admire Moon
2006Deep Impact
2005Alkaased
2004Zenno Rob Roy
2003Tap Dance City
2002Falbrav
2001Jungle Pocket
2000T M Opera O
1999Special Week
1998El Condor Pasa
1997Pilsudski
1996Singspiel
1995Lando
1994Marvelous Crown
1993Legacy World
1992Tokai Teio
1991Golden Pheasant
1990Better Loosen Up
1989Horlicks
1988Pay The Butler
1987Le Glorieux
1986Jupiter Island
1985Symboli Rudolf
1984Katsuragi Ace
1983Stanerra
1982Half Iced
1981Mairzy Doates