The Japan Cup is the penultimate race of the 12-race Emirates World Series and one of the most important races of the Japanese racing season.

  • Race Type: Group 1
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Track: Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo
  • Date: Sunday, 26 November 2023

Held the last Sunday of November at Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu, Tokyo, the race attracts runners from all over the world. Winners have come from Japan, North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy.

The Japan Racing Association started the Japan Cup in order to give local racehorses a chance to compete against international racehorses. The left-hand turn race is contested over 2400 meters on turf and is open to thoroughbred three-year-olds and up. Three-year-old colts and geldings carry 55 kgs, three-year-old fillies 53 kgs, four-year-olds and up horses and geldings 57 kgs and four-year-olds and up mares 55 kgs.

Previous winners of the Japan Cup:

The Japan Cup was first run in 1981 and was restricted to horses trained in Japan, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and India, as well as ones that were specifically invited. An American mare, Mairzy Doates, trained by John Fulton and ridden by Cash Asmussen, finished a length in front of Frost King, a Canadian trained horse, with The Very One, another American horse, was third.

Some previous winners include: Alkaased, 2005; Zenno Rob Roy, 2004; Tap Dance City, 2003; Falbrav, 2002; Jungle Pocket, 2001; T M Opera O, 2000; Special Week, 1999; El Condor Pasa, 1998; Pilsudski, 1997; Singspiel, 1996 and Lando, 1995.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Equinox Liberty Island Stars On Earth
2022 Vela Azul Shahryar Weltreisende
Daring Tact
2021 Contrail Authority Shahryar
2020 Almond Eye Contrail Daring Tact
2019 Suave Richard Curren Bouquetdór Wagnerian
2018 Almond Eye Kiseki Suave Richard
2017 Cheval Grand Rey De Oro Kitasan Black
2016 Kitasan Black Sounds Of Earth Cheval Grand
2015 Shonan Pandora Last Impact Lovely Day
2014 Epiphaneia Just A Way Spielberg
2013 Gentildonna Denim And Ruby Tosen Jordan
2012 Gentildonna Orfevre Rulership
2011 Buena Vista Tosen Jordan Jaguar Mail
2010 Rose Kingdom Buena Vista Victoire Pisa
2009 Vodka Oken Bruce Lee Red Desire
2008 Screen Hero Deep Sky Vodka
2007 Admire Moon Pop Rock Meisho Samson
2006 Deep Impact Dream Passport Ouija Board
2005 Alkaased Heart’s Cry Zenno Rob Roy
2004 Zenno Rob Roy Cosmo Bulk Delta Blues
2003 Tap Dance City That’s The Plenty Symboli Kris
2002 Falbrav Sarafan Symboli Kris
2001 Jungle Pocket T M Opera O Narita Top Road
2000 T M Opera O Meisho Doto Fantastic Light