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Victoire Pisa set for return in Japan Cup

The 2011 Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Victoire Pisa is set for his long-awaited return in what is likely his last, or next-to-last career race in Sunday’s Japan Cup (G1).  A field of 18 are expected in Tokyo, which includes 11 Grade/Group 1 winners, and four international shippers.  Danedream, the runaway, record-setting winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, makes her first start outside Europe for the race which is expected to be a classic.  Buena Vista and Rose Kingdom, the top two past the post in the 2010 edition before reversal by the stewards, are back for another shot as well.  Read more from the Japan Racing Association.


  1. Looks like it’s going to be another very competitive Japan Cup this year. A very deep field. Especially among the fillies and mares. With the Arc winner and runner-up fillies, Danedream and Shareta. Plus the G1 Canadian International Stakes winning filly, Sarah Lynx. Also, even though she hasn’t really looked her best in her last 2 or 3 races, you can never rule out the great Buena Vista. Especially on ground in Japan. As a matter of fact, I fully expect to see Buena Vista run another really big effort in the Japan Cup again this year after being stripped of the crown last season in what I still feel like was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen by stewards anywhere. JMO.

  2. The European’s are sending over some very competitive horses to Tokyo again this year for the Japan Cup. Most particularly, the fillies. I.E., Danedream, Shareta, and Sarah Lynx. But the Euro horses have struggled in this race in the past 2 running’s of it. Conduit’s 4th place finish behind Vodka is the best finish a European horse has had in the Japan Cup in the past 2 years. Last year it was Cirrus Des Aigles running 9th, Joshua Tree running 10th, and Dandino running 11th being the best the Euro’s could muster. Even though she’s been off of her best game in her past 2 or 3 races, I still think Buena Vista will be a dangerous horse in this race. She’s always produced her best on the big stage like this. I thought Victoire Pisa was really starting to become a dominant horse, too. Until his injury set him back. Not sure this long lay-off will benefit Victoire Pisa in this year’s running of the Japan Cup? But once he get’s a couple of races under his belt again, look out.

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