When is the Japan Cup? Tokyo date, start time, runners and betting

Set the alarm early for this one!


*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

The Japan Cup, one of the most lucrative races in the Flat game, takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 1m4f contest is worth £2,500,000 to the winner but European horses have failed to plunder the top prize since Alkaased was first past the post in 2005.

Three French runners make the trip to Japan – Grand Glory, Onesto and Simca Mille – while Torquator Tasso’s half brother Tunnes is the sole German challenger.


Onesto is the most familiar name having run Luxembourg close in the Irish Champion Stakes, and the three-year-old could bank an additional £2.5m due to the bonus attached to his Grand Prix de Paris win.

The home challenge is, perhaps, not as strong as expected with their leading middle-distance horses including Tenno Sho winner Titleholder and Japanese Derby scorer Do Deuce missing out.

You can run the rule over our Japan Cup odds on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise all the key details about this year’s renewal can be found below.

Japan Cup 2022 date and start time

The Japan Cup takes place at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, November 27. The post time is set for 06:40 GMT.

Japan Cup 2022 runners and riders

Simca Mille (Gregory Benoist)
Onesto (Christophe-Patrice Lemaire)
Weltreisende (Damian Lane)
Trust Kenshin (Kyosuke Maruta)
Grand Glory (Maxine Guyon)
Vela Azul (Ryan Moore)
Tunnes (Bauyrzhan Murzabayev)
Daring Tact (Tom Marquand)
Unicorn Lion (Yusaku Kokubun)
Heart’s Histoire (Yutaka Take)
Karate (Akira Sugawara)
Shadow Diva (Kohei Matsuyama)
T O Royal (Yuji Hishida)
Danon Beluga (Yuga Kawada)
Shahryar (Cristian Demuro)
Ridge Man (Yukito Ishikawa)
Uberleben (Mirco Demuro)
Boccherini (Suguru Hamanaka)

Japan Cup 2022 betting

Japan Cup odds are on paddypower.com and prices for the leading contenders can be seen on our snazzy widgets below.

Deep Impact colt Shahryar heads the betting ahead of his second crack at the Japan Cup having finished a creditable third in the race 12 months ago.

Danon Beluga is also prominent in the market having had one run over course and distance when placing fourth in the Japanese Derby in May.

Onesto already has one top-flight success on his CV but will need to bounce back from a disappointing display in last month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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