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Japan Starts International Gr1 Series In Nov
The Japan Racing Association will launch "a 1-month long festival of top-class international Gr1 races" known as the Japan Autumn International in November this year. The JAI (4 Gr1 races worth a total of US$10 million beginning on November 16) "will be initiated in an effort to further upgrade the overall level of contending horses & races in Japan". And the JRA noted it is "being held between France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe the US Breeder's Cup Day in October & the Hong Kong International Races in December" in order to "aim to attract the best overseas horses to run in Japan". In addition "by preparing 4 consecutive Gr1 races of different conditions, overseas horses in the same stable can travel together & yet run in separate races, providing more options for overseas connections". The races are: the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (2200m on turf) for fillies & mares at Kyoto Racecourse on November 16; the Gr1 Mile Championship (1600m on turf) at Kyoto on November 23; the Gr1 Japan Cup (2400m on turf) at Tokyo on November 30; & the Gr1 Japan Cup Dirt (1800m on dirt) at Hanshin on December 7 (held in concert with a 2-day World Super Jockeys Series).