2022 Japan Cup Betting Odds at Tokyo racecourse

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Shahryar and Danon Beluga are the two short-priced favourites to win the Japan Cup, with the former lining up for Hideaki Fujiwara and he will have to improve on his last outing where a fifth-placed finish at Tokyo Racecourse was registered. The horse previously underwhelmed at Royal Ascot but can be expected to put on a better showing here.

Danon Beluga is the second favourite in the Japan Cup betting and looks like a robust betting contender, although the each-way betting suggests that there are better value options at bigger prices. Vela Azul could be a good each-way bet to nothing and has the ability to run a big race for connections.

2022 Japan Cup Tips

Shahryar was victorious in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic over one mile and four furlongs. This was a performance that clearly demonstrated the four-year-old’s credentials and the win in March could well be replicated when it comes to the 2022 Japan Cup. An experiment to bring the horse over to England wasn’t really effective but he’s back to chase the money in this famous race.

Perhaps Danon Beluga offers a better bet, with the horse having run impressively when finishing in third place in the Tenno Sho on 30 October. There was little over a length between the horse and favourite Equinox, with the former having beaten Shahryar who finished fifth in the same race.

Previously to this, Danon Beluga was sent off as the 5/2 favourite to win the Tokyo Yushun on 29 May 2022, although jockey Yuga Kawada could only steer the horse to fourth and perhaps the two market leaders can be opposed. After all, Vela Azul really caught the eye when winning the Kyoto Daishoten and that was over one mile and four furlongs.

Vela Azul can currently be backed each-way and a profit could still be realised by a horse trained by Kunihiko Watanabe, with the first three in the betting far more fancied by the Japanese horse racing bookies than the other contenders. Onesto finished midfield in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and has more improvement to find.