Those convinced jockey Craig Williams could win on a broomstick at present should take notice of Sunday’s Grade 1 $6.5 2011 Japan Cup (2400m) in Tokyo.
He is riding local galloper Tosen Jordan who is third favourite with Tabsportsbet at $8 after a career best win.
The five-year-old gelding is shooting for a hat-trick after taking out the prestigious Emperor’s Cup last start.
By winning, the son of Jungle Pocket. broke the 2000m track record at Tokyo on October 30.
Cup second favourite Buena Vista $6 could only manage fourth in the race.
Tosen Jordan is a five-year-old long touted for his potential in an injury-marred career and his latest win was his first Grade 1 title.
Williams is having a great season having won many group races such as Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Geelong Cup, WA Guineas, Winterbottom Stakes, Sandown Guineas and the Sandown Stakes.
He will have to hold off a strong European presents headed by this year’s 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream – the favourite at $3.50.
While Danedream has worked well in the land of the rising sun, there is some concern about how she will perform after such a long season.
“The Japan Cup is a tough race, she has had a hard year and anything on top of the Arc would be a bonus,” said jockey Andrasch Starke.
“But this horse surprises me all the time.”
Danedream worked 1400 metres in 1:33.20 today.
“She seems to be in the same good condition as she was before the Arc, so I hope she can maintain it until the day of the race,” Starke told
“If she does, the results will be the same because the race will be on the same kind of fast track.”
Danedream’s trainer Peter Schiergen said the mare galloped on the dirt surface due to the firmness of the turf track.
“I asked the jockey to drive her a bit strongly in the last 600 metres,” Schiergen said.
“I’m very satisfied with the condition she is in.
“She’s in the same form as she was for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, so our hopes are high.”