Conduit and his rider Ryan Moore will have to work out a trip at Tokyo on Sunday if they are to win the $4.9 million Japan Cup, as the two-time Breeders' Cup Turf champion has drawn post 16 in a field of 18 for the 1 1/2-mile, Grade 1 race.
Admire Moon showed unexpected grit in the deep stretch as he held off the late charges of three proven stayers to land the spoils before a crowd of 103,545 at Tokyo on Sunday in the 1 1/2-mile $4.4 million Japan Cup.
Vermilion swept all before him in Tokyo on Saturday with an impressive victory in the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt as Student Council, the lone American representative in the 1 5/16-mile Grade 1 contest, weakened to finish eighth.
The lists of the first foreign nominated horses to the Japan Cup and the Japan Cup Dirt, both of which will be run at Tokyo Racecourse on Thanksgiving weekend, offer some clues as to the future intentions of some of the biggest names in racing
Alkaased held off a frantic late rush from Heart's Cry to land the 25th running of the $4 million Japan Cup on Sunday to redeem a season that had seen him miss intended dates in both the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The American quartet for this weekend's two-race, $6 million extravaganza at Tokyo Racecourse took it rather easy last weekend, doing nothing more strenuous than cantering or galloping around the track at the Shiroi Quarantine Center.