Albert – won’t accept

Albert – won’t accept

Horse name: Albert

Age: 7

Sex: Horse

Trainer: Noriyuki Hori (trainer of Maurice, Neorealism etc)

Owner: Masamichi Hayashi

Country: Japan

Attempt?: No

Formline: Tenno Sho

Distance Query?: No (actually, the distance might not be far enough!)

Path?:

Likes wet?:

Notes: Fifth in the Tenno Sho behind winner Kitasan Black, second placer Cheval Grand, and confirmed Cup hope Admire Deus (fourth). It’s a hot formline.

Has wins at Group 3 and Group 2 level, including the Group 3 Diamond Stakes over 3400m, and the Group 2 Nippon Sho over 3600m so he’ll eat up the two miles. He was also second in the Group 2 Copa Republica Argentina over 2500m behind Cheval Grand, with that race a handicap. Cheval Grand hasn’t nominated yet so that helps Albert!

Has beaten Admire Deus before too, back on Christmas Day 2016 in the Group 1 Arima Kinen (2500m).

Runs next on September 24th:

I’ve contacted some Japanese sources to find out more about Albert. They’ve told me that he’s a real marathon man with a stayers sprint that takes awhile to wind up but can be sustained over a long distance. His trainer, who is high-calibre, might be able to really target the 3200m and try and get some more sprint into his legs.

Update: Look for horse number 2 in the maroon colours, coming down the outside:

UPDATE: Annnd he’s not coming. No Albert, no Japanese trained horse in the Cup!