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Takarazuka Kinen G1 Guide

The Takarazuka Kinen is a fan-voted all-star race named for the city of Takarazuka, where Hanshin racecourse is located. It was first run in 1960.

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Yushun Himba G1 Guide

The second leg of Japan's Triple Tiara for three-year-old fillies, the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) is a test of stamina that has been won by past greats including Almond Eye, Gentildonna and Loves Only You.

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Victoria Mile G1 Guide

The G1 Victoria Mile has been won by some of Japan's greatest ever fillies and mares, boasting names such as Vodka, Almond Eye and Gran Alegria on the honour roll.

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Satsuki Sho G1 Guide

The first leg of the Triple Crown was first run in 1939, and presents a serious test of character as Japan's best three-year-old colts negotiate the searching Nakayama 2,000 metres.

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Oka Sho G1 Guide

The Oka Sho – ‘Cherry Blossom Prize’ – was first run in 1939 and is the first leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown.

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Osaka Hai G1 Guide

First run in 1957, the Osaka Hai was only upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2017 but has already established itself as one of Japan's most anticipated contests.

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Takamatsunomiya Kinen G1 Guide

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo is one of only two Grade 1 sprint races in Japan, and is the only JRA Grade 1 not held at one of the 'big four' tracks Tokyo, Nakayama, Kyoto or Hanshin.

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February Stakes G1 Guide

The G1 February Stakes may be one of only two elite level JRA races run on dirt, but Japan's first Group 1 event of the season also boasts several outstanding turf performers on its honour roll.

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Tokyo Daishōten G1 Guide

The Tokyo Daishōten is the only internationally-recognised Grade 1 race on the local council-administered NAR circuit.

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Hopeful Stakes G1 Guide

Upgraded to elite status in 2017, the 2000-metre Hopeful Stakes for two-year-olds is one of only three juvenile Group 1 races in the JRA.

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Arima Kinen G1 Guide

The fan-voted G1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama has surged to prominence as Japan's best race in recent years, and could make a compelling case for being the best race in the world.

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Hanshin Juvenile Fillies G1 Guide

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is held in December and is the only Grade 1 race in Japan restricted to two-year-old fillies.

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Japan Cup G1 Guide

Japan’s biggest race in terms of the international attention it receives is the Japan Cup, which was first staged in 1981 as a restricted invitational race.

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Tenno Sho Autumn G1 Guide

The Autumn Tenno Sho is now Japan's top 10-furlong contest and the first of its three late-season majors, preceding the Japan Cup and the Arima Kinen.

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Shuka Sho G1 Guide

The Shuka Sho is a relatively new race having been introduced in 1996 to replace the Queen Elizabeth II Cup as the last stop in the ‘fillies’ triple crown’, which is known in Japan as the Triple Tiara.

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Yasuda Kinen G1 Guide

The Yasuda Kinen is the big daddy of Tokyo’s three 1,600-metre feature races during its spring season, following on from the NHK Mile Cup and the Victoria Mile.



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