Japan Cup: St Leger hero Continuous on course for Japan Cup clash with Equinox next month | Racing News
St Leger hero Continuous is on course for a clash with Equinox in the Japan Cup next month.
Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old followed up his Classic success at Doncaster by staying on to finish fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Plans for a potential trip to Ascot for British Champions Day had to be shelved due to a minor setback, but the son of Heart’s Cry has now fully recovered.
O’Brien has never managed to win the Japan Cup, but stable jockey Ryan Moore knows what it takes to triumph in Tokyo, having partnered last year’s victor Vela Azul for Kunihiko Watanabe.
“We were going to go back for the Champion Stakes with him, but he got a bit of a temperature, so obviously when they get a temperature, you have to medicate them, and when you medicate them, it takes them out of the race,” O’Brien told RacingTV.
“But he’s back fine, he’s back cantering again, so the plan with him is to go to the Japan Cup (November 26).
“We were delighted with his run in the Arc. Ryan took his time, like he always does with him, and the pace just went a little bit slow in the middle of the race and that was the way it was, but he came home very well.
“Ryan was very happy with him after the run, he said his run was way better than everyone thinks it was, so hopefully we’ll go back to the Japan Cup with him.
“It’s a race we’ve never won and you need a good horse to win it, so it would be great if we could be competitive in it.
“It’ll suit him all right, because he’s a good traveller, he can handle fast and soft ground, it doesn’t matter.”