Boom Time will jump from barrier 10 of 17 in Sunday’s Grade 1 Japan Cup (2400m).
The BMW Caulfield Cup winner has a midfield draw for Cory Parish, while the other Australian interest – Hugh Bowman – has drawn the fence, the man now synonymous with wonder mare Winx is set to partner fancy Cheval Grand from the inside draw.
Kitasan Black, the 2016 Japanese horse of the year, is the pre-race favourite, and has drawn barrier four for legendary hoop Yutaka Take and trainer Hisashi Shimizu.
Prior to the draw, Take said (via the JRA website): “I think an inside draw is what I’d generally like for the Tokyo 2400m. He has never been that quiet in the gate.
“There’s always been the chance that he’ll crash into the front or stumble coming out but we’ve never been quite as lucky as we were in the Tenno Sho (Autumn). But, other than with a scenario like last time, he is extremely fast once out of the gate.”
Idaho, for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore, will jump from barrier 14.
Moore is one of three Melbourne Cup-winning jockeys in the Japan Cup field this year – joined by Yasunari Iwata (Rainbow Line) and Christophe Lemaire (Rey de Oro).
Japan Cup barrier draw:
Cheval Grand (1)
Rey de Oro (2)
Kitasan Black (4)
Sounds Of Earth (5)
Soul Stirring (8)
Rainbow Line (9)
Boom Time (10)
Satono Crown (12)
One and Only (15)
Yamakatsu Ace (16)
Last Impact (17)