Ouija on board for Japan

Ouija Board looks likely to take up her invitation for the Japan Cup in Tokyo on November 27.

Ouija Board looks likely to take up her invitation for the Japan Cup in Tokyo on November 27.

Ed Dunlop’s exceptional horse returned to Newmarket safely after narrowly failing to record back-to-back successes in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Belmont Park last Saturday.

Ouija Board has been restricted to just three starts this season through injury, but as long as she remains in good heart, her trainer is tempted by a trip to the Far East.

“She seems very well and arrived back in England on Monday. “I am happy with her condition and she seems fresh and well,” Dunlop told the Racing Post.

“As long as she remains in good condition, we are going to accept the invitation to go to Japan. We will see how she is over the next fortnight – I think the day she has to fly there is November 16.

“The ground will be quicker in Japan and, as she likes decent ground, it will be more favourable than at Belmont.

“It’s also over a mile and a half, which should suit, although she’ll have to run against colts. I’ve never been there before so although it is very exciting, I can’t say for sure whether Japan will suit her.”

Longer term plans have not been made for the dual Oaks-winner, who could run at the Hong Kong International meeting on December 11 and may even stay in training as a five-year-old.

“She’s been invited to Hong Kong and we’ll consider it but it depends on Japan and what happens there,” added Dunlop.

“We’ve not decided if she will stay in training next season. At the moment we’ll see what happens – we are in a sort of rolling-on situation with her.”

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