While the top level racing in Australia might be dying off a bit at the end of the year that’s not to say that’s the case on the international scene.
In fact over in Japan at the moment their talking up this year’s installment of the Japan Cup as potentially the best ever.
It’s hard to argue with them either given there are eleven Grade 1 (Group 1) winners in the field and even this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion Danedream.
Add to that local hero Victoire Pisa which won the Dubai World Cup in March and this matchup alone would be enough to set record levels of viewership.
Other internationals in the field though include the Arc runner up Shareta, Canadian International champion Sarah Lynx and Mission Approved, the US based veteran that won the Manhattan Handicap in June.
They face a tough ask though with no overseas horse having won the Japan Cup since 2005, prior to that it was 2002 and before that it was 1997.
If a horse is going to do it though there’s no better form line than by winning the Arc and Andrasch Starke will be the jockey in charge of getting the filly to the line this Saturday.
“The Japan Cup is a tough race, she has had a hard year and anything on top of the Arc would be a bonus,” he said.
“But this horse surprises me all the time. She doesn’t show you anything in her work but she is a tremendous filly and if she is in the same form – and I think she will be – then we are in with a real chance.”
It will be even tougher in 2011 than in the past as well with local Japanese media spruiking their team this year as the most talented group of all time.