O'Brien lodges five Japan Cup nominations

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for five of the six Irish entries for the Japan Cup in Tokyo next month.

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for five of the six Irish entries for the Japan Cup in Tokyo next month.

His entries include High Chaparral, Brian Boru, Hold That Tiger, Yesterday and Black Sam Bellamy.

Vinnie Roe, Dermot Weld’s Irish and French St Leger winner, is the other.

Luca Cumani’s Breeders’ Cup-bound Falbrav, who won the Japan Cup last season, is one of eight British nominations for the big Far East prize in Tokyo next month.

The other seven are the Godolphin pair Sulamani and Mamool, plus Islington (Sir Michael Stoute), Kaieteur (Brian Meehan), Mubtaker (Marcus Tregoning), Rakti (Michael Jarvis) and Warrsan (Clive Brittain).

The Japan Racing Association will announce the selected runners for the November 30 race at a later date.

The six French entries are Ange Gabriel, Ana Marie, Polish Summer, Tigertail, Great Pretender and Gruntled.

There are 24 entries from America, two from Australia and one each from Canada and New Zealand.

Meehan’s Kaieteur has also been entered in the Japan Cup Dirt 24 hours earlier, although connections have stated a preference for the Japan Cup.

Paul d’Arcy’s Indian Haven is the other British Japan Cup Dirt entry.

O’Brien’s High Chaparral and Hold That Tiger are other dual entries. The former’s preference is the Japan Cup, but the Japan Cup Dirt is the stated preference of the latter.

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