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Japan Racing Preview - 3rd January 2023

Racing And Sports has your daily best bets covered from across Japan's local racing.

Five meetings across Japan on Tuesday with racing from Kawasaki, Nagoya, Mizusawa, Saga and Sonoda all hosting. We've done the form and picked out our best bets across the day's racing.

Kawasaki Race 4- #2 Kurino Cu Chulainn

Keen on this four-year-old who has struck form over his past few starts and looks ideally placed to win again having recorded a soft 1 length victory last start at Kanazawa over this trip, sitting just off the pace there and coming away late. That was a slight new peak for this horse but three of his last four runs have rated within a length and are good enough to win this. It isn't the strongest field with #8 Schiele Kazuma the likely danger and Kurino Cu Chulainn looks awfully hard to beat.

Nagoya Race 6- #8 Water Genie

Handy little clash at Nagoya primarily between two horses who are set to dominate the market and I'm hoping we get a decent price about Water Genie who is the best horse in the race. He was a dominant winner two back over this track and distance as a $1.60 favourite before struggling out to 1 1⁄4 m last start, only managing fifth as the $1.80 favourite. He now comes back to 7 1⁄2 f and if he runs to anything near his win prior he should take care of these, with #10 Le Terrible coming off two straight wins and likely to command plenty of support himself.

Sonoda Race 9- #5 Coeur Briller

Interesting race at Sonoda with Coeur Briller who was having her first start on the NAR circuit for new stable Toshiteru Kunisawa and posted a big rating in a dominant 2.5 length win over this track and trip. She showed glimpses of talent having placed at Niigata and Kokura early in her career and whilst she started $8 first up the win was very good and if she can hold that level she'll take plenty of beating. Given #2 Fern Mambo won well first up at $1.30 and #6 Firm Love started $2.30 last start I think we'll get a good price for Coeur Briller who is the best horse in the race on figures.

Mizusawa Race 9- #9 Absolute Pitch

The lightly raced four-year-old filly looks a great chance of notching up her fourth career win having run good races at all but one of her starts under the care of Hiroki Sakurada. Her last start came at this track over 7 f and whilst she was beaten, she stuck on gamely for third and was only beaten a length. The rise to 1 m is a query but on class, an average of her last three starts would be enough to see her very hard to beat here in an open race.


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