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Japanese Racing Fans

Japan hosts some superb horse racing and you can find betting odds on RaceBets.com. We offer some of the best prices on Asian racing in the industry.

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Japan’s Rich Racing Industry

Believe it or not, there are over 20,000 horse races held in Japan in a single year. The action can be defined by three different categories – jump racing, flat racing and draft racing.

While there are a huge number of races in Japan, attention focuses on the ten top tracks that come under the stewardship of the Japanese Racing Association. These are the venues which hold the events that have the richest purses and Japanese horse racing purses are among the richest in the world.

Quite frankly, the prize-funds in the top races dwarf those that you will find in Europe. Even a maiden race may have a purse of over £70,000. Almost all graded races will have purses above £500,000.

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The most important race in Japan is the Japan Cup. This is a G1 contest over a mile and a half. The purse is over £3,500,000 and this makes it one of the richest contests in the entire world. Other big Japanese races include the February Stakes, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, the Yasuda Kinen, the Takarazuka Kinen, the Arima Kinen, and the Tenno Sho.


For many years, the Japanese breeding industry was very much a closed shop and horses that had not been bred in the country were unable to take part in the major races.

This policy was relaxed around twenty years ago and some stallions were brought in from overseas. Among the most notable were the Italian Northern Taste, as well as Brian’s Time and Sunday Silence who were both American. All three were successful, both in races and at stud. None more so the Sunday Silence, who was the top sire for a decade.

Jumps Racing

The Nakayama Grand Jump is the most important race, over fences, in Japan. The runners travel a distance of just over two and a half miles and the purse is around £1,000,000. However, despite this enormous prize-pool, jumps racing is nowhere near as popular in Japan as it is in Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland. In fact, there will almost never be more than one jumps race held at any meeting. By  and large, jumping is regarded as something of a novelty and not really taken seriously by Japan’s racing elite.

Horses that are used for jumping will usually be those that have run on the flat but have been unable to compete at the top level. Almost no horses are bred specifically for jump racing.


Yutaka Take is widely held to be the best jockey in Japan. One of his most famous regular partnerships was with Deep Impact. This was horse was twice named Japanese horse of the Year and won the Japan Triple Crown in 2005, which is always regarded as being an astonishing achievement.

Betting With RaceBets

You can bet on every Japanese meeting, when you open an account with RaceBets. We also have ante-post markets for the major races, enabling you to place bets many months in advance. We also offer special promotions, on the biggest races of the year.

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