TOKYO RACECOURSE  
Japans most famous racecourse is at Fuchu City in Tokyo and first opened for business in 1933. It hosts a large number of Group 1 races, notably the Japanese Derby ( Tokyo Yushun), the Oaks (Yushun Himba) and the world famous Japan Cup. Facilities were recently upgraded and the course enjoyed a grand opening in 2007 to celebrate its new beginning. One of its major new facilities is its giant TV screen, said to be the largest in the world.
  The Japanese Derby is run in late May or early June for 3 year olds over 2400 metres. It was first contested in 1932 when Wakataka was victorious. It was not held in the War years of 1946 or 46. The most recent 2008 winner was Deep Sky.  
The Yushun Himba is the fillies Oaks over 2400 and was first run in 1938 when Asteri Mor won the race. It was not held in 1944 or 1945 but has been held ever since, and was last won in 2008 by Tall Poppy.
  In November the Japan Cup is the most important race in the Japanese horse racing calendar. It was established in 1981 and is run over 2400 metres. That first race was won by Cash Asmussen aboard Mairzy Doates. In 1996 and 1997 Singspiel and Pilsudski gained back to back victories for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. The 2008 winner was Screen Hero.

 

 
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