Snow Fairy is the latest top-liner to be ruled out of the 2010 Japan Cup, the dual Oaks winning filly to be saved for the December races in Hong Kong.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Snow Fairy claimed an impressive four length victory in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto in Japan earlier in the month, but connections have decided to bypass the Japan Cup.
Instead Snow Fairy will target either the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) or the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin in mid December.
There are now a total of eight international runners in this year’s Japan Cup following Snow Fairy’s defection from the field.
Four of the overseas entries are from France with Cirrus des Aigles, Marinous, Mores Well and Timos; while four other countries will also be represented with Dandino (Great Britain), Joshua Tree (Ireland), Voila Ici (Italy) and Fifty Proof (Canada) set to line-up.
All of the foreign contenders have now arrived in Japan, Timos the last to touch down arriving on Saturday.
The international contingent faces a tough test against a start-studded field of Gr. 1 winning locals including the highly rated Nakayama Festa, Tenno Sho (Autumn) winning filly Buena Vista, Tenno Sho (Spring) champion Jaguar Mail, last year’s runner-up Oken Bruce Lee and Japanese Derby (Tokyo Yushun) winner from earlier in the year Eishin Flash.
Only two non Japanese-trained horses have won the Japan Cup in the past decade with Falbrav (2002) and Alkaased (2005).
The 30th edition of the Japan Cup (2400m), worth over 528 million yen in prize money this year, will take place at Tokyo Racecourse on November 28.
Scheduled to run as Race 10 on the card for Sunday, the Japan Cup is due to jump at 3:20pm (local time).
The 2010 Japan Cup final field of acceptances will be released on Thursday November 25 and published here along with a comprehensive form guide and betting preview.
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2010 Japan Cup International Horses
- Cirrus des Aigles (France)
- Marinous (France)
- Mores Well (France)
- Timos (France)
- Dandino (Great Britain)
- Joshua Tree (Ireland)
- Voila Ici (Italy)
- Fifty Proof (Canada)