PERENNIAL IRISH Champion Trainer Aidan O’Brien has yet to win a Japan Cup but will be hoping to remedy that this year when he has two chances and has secured the services of Japan’s most successful jockey, Yutaka Take with Ryan Moore already confirmed. The latter partners Broome, like Take’s mount, 2019 Group 1 Juddmonte International winner Japan, owned by Coolmore partnerships which include Masaaki Matsushima.
The horses departed Ballydoyle on Thursday for Tokyo’s 1m4f highlight on Sunday. O’Brien said: “The Japan Cup is a very difficult race to win and always extremely competitive so the two horses will be up against it, but they left here in good form and are both going to run all being well. Yutaka Take will ride Japan and Ryan Moore will be on Broome.”
Both horses contested the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar this month with Broome finishing second and Japan fourth after meeting trouble in running. Broome has already run ten times this year, having started his season back in March when winning a Listed race at Naas. O’Brien added: “We were delighted with them both at the Breeders’ Cup.
We were disappointed with the way Broome ran in the Arc but he came out of it very well and I thought he ran a huge race at Del Mar. “He has maintained his form very well throughout the season and he is a lovely clear-winded horse with a great constitution.
“Japan ran into a bit of trouble off the bend in the same race at Del Mar but still ran well to finish fourth and has been in good form since. It won’t be easy for either of them in the Japan Cup as we’re well aware of how competitive the race is but they’re in good form and we’re very happy with them.”