Still the second richest turf race in the world of horse racing will turn its eyes to the land of the rising sun this weekend to watch the Japan Cup betting this prestigious invitational will once again provide a spectacle perhaps only pipped by the Melbourne Cup in the southern hemisphere. There’s a superb field of horses submitting to the weight for age conditions and if you’re apt to place the odd bet on sports in Japan the odds BetVictor are offering are distinctly tempting.
Rainbow Line – 20/1
Soul Stirring – 16/1
Makahiki – 14/1
Idaho – 12/1
Cheval Grand – 12/1
Satono Crown – 9/2
Rey De Oro – 3/1
Kitasan Black – 7/4
The Tokyo Racecourse in the Fuchu area of town is a bright oasis of gambling sense in a nation where it is only recently that the world of 21st century recreational gambling has even achieved a toe-hold and which might litter a resort casino or two but not mention Pachinko. This will be the very epicenter of a flurry of Japan Cup betting this weekend as the crowds descend from across the country, and indeed region, to watch this international field run for the $5.8m purse on offer for this season’s end highlight.
With big bonuses for horses willing to travel to Tokyo, since it’s 1981 inception it has rapidly risen to equal the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders Cup which litter this end of the calendar and is still the third richest race in the world given the Dubai World Cup continues to offer up massive purses and the Yen fluctuates against the dollar like a yoyo since the financial crash of last decade. However this does mean there’s some great opportunities if you’re going to do some Japan Cup betting this weekend.
Third Richest Horse Race In The World Runs This Weekend
Kitasan Black(source: racing.com)
With a race of this magnitude you’re going to have a good selection of wagers to place at BetVictor and the like but if you’re going to take advantage of Japanese gambling laws you may wish to think long and hard before you slap some of your hard earned Yen down on the 100/1 shots that cluster together on the outside edges of possibility. Decipher, Last Impact and One And Only don’t have a hope and if you’re doing any Japan Cup betting at all, should probably be avoided unless you’re a true dreamer.
Boom Time gets 50/1 which is only marginally worse than the 33/1 shots Yamakatsu Ace, Tosen Basil, and Guignol, who could all be characters from Lord of the Rings, or indeed the bunch of 25/1 shots Iquitos, Tanta Alegria, Sciacchetra, and Sounds Of The Earth, none of whom should elicit too much excitement unless you’re an each way optimist intent on seeing your Japan Cup betting chances stretched to the very limit of reality, and even then you’d have to be quite mad, just look at the top of the field.
Do All Your Japan Cup Betting At BetVictor This Weekend
26th November 2017
2400m = 1½miles
Purse – $5.8m
18 Horse Invitational
Odds At BetVictor
Rainbow Line gets 20/1 at BetVictor, but it’ll be Soul Stirring (winner of the Japanese Oaks) at a tempting 16/1 or Makahiki, Prix Niel victor, at 14/1 that will pull in the punters. Idaho and Cheval Grand share a 12/1 chance according to the bookies, although it’s been a year since the latter won the Copa Republica Argentina, so maybe then the 9/2 shot Satono Crown will take your fancy, after all it won the Takarazuka Kinen and your Japan Cup betting could do much worse than to back this one to win.
However the favorites remain the 3/1 ride Rey De Oro who blistered home to a win in the Hopeful Stakes last year and whilst it didn’t run well in the Satsuki Sho (the Japanese 2000 Guineas) only coming fifth it’s expected to give the best chance on the course, Kitasan Black who sits at just 7/4 to win on the weekend, a run for its money. The Japan Cup betting odds for these two are a bit short, frankly but there’ll be a lot of Japanese gambling news on Monday will be of one of these two winning.