Japan Racing Preview- 29th of December 2022

Racing And Sports brings you the daily best bets from around Japan, including the Group 1 Tokyo Daishoten from Ohi.

Four meetings in Japan on Thursday with racing from Kochi, Ohi, Kasamatsu and Sonoda. A rare treat for NAR racing with Ohi hosting the Group 1 Tokyo Daishoten. We've done the form and picked out our best bets across the day including a tip in the big one.

Ohi (Tokyo City Keiba) Race 9- #6 Ushba Tesoro

Amazingly won by Omega Perfume the last four editions, we've got a stellar line up for the Group 1 Tokyo Daishoten on the dirt at Ohi. I'm siding with Ushba Tesoro who has made the transition to dirt in great style, having run four times on the surface for three wins and a third. His last two starts have been especially strong, winning the Listed Brazil Cup and Canopus Stakes in dominant fashion and rating very highly. He doesn't have much early speed but has a withering finish and barrier 6 looks ideal for the son of Orfevre. The tempo should be on early and if he can run to the level he has been I think he finishes over the top of them again. For some reference, we have Ushba Tesoro's last start rating to a level that would've narrowly beaten Omega Perfume in all of his four wins which is an ominous sign for the challengers. #14 Lucky Dream might be the main danger who has won his last four starts including a dominant 6 length win at Sonoda last time out.

Kochi Race 3- #10 Gunslinger

This three-year-old colt looks one of the better bets on the card coming off a last start fifth that I'm more than happy to put the pen through. He was up in grade there and encountered sloppy conditions, which he has handled in the past, but against better opposition I think he's at his best on good ground. His form prior was flawless, winning all five starts for new trainer Tatsuya Nakanishi and now he drops back to the same class he was winning which should see an instant turnaround. #3 Sukesan Kakusan looks one of the dangers in an open race outside of Gunslinger but all things equal he should be bouncing back.

Kasamatsu Race 7- #8 Yamami Kirara

This filly is likely to be short in the market but should be taking care of this field and justifying favouritism. She's won her past two in smart style and given she's only had seven starts she's still on an upward spiral whereas her rivals have hit their mark. She started $2.90 last start at Kanazawa and sat on the pace, running away to win by 3 lengths in good time. She only needs to hold that level to be winning this and given she started a generous price given her win prior, we might get black odds about her again this time whereas I think she should be deep into the red.

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