More than 1.4m racing fans have voted in a ballot to select runners for the ‘All-Star’ Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin.
In pure quality terms the best race of the weekend is probably in Japan as superstar racemare Almond Eye takes on a top-class field in the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo.
Japan’s number one racehorse returned to action with a superb performance on her seasonal debut in the G1 Victoria Mile.
After wowing race fans in Japan, Mickaelle Michel announced her return to racing in her native France with a flourish, by winning on her first ride.
Mickaelle Michel and Lyle Hewitson are the latest jockeys to take their chance on wacky Japanese gameshow Honoo-no Taiiku-kai TV.
Lyle Hewitson finished off his two-month visit to Japan in style by riding five winners over the weekend in Tokyo.
Bookmakers William Hill have a tight market for the G1 Osaka Hai on Sunday with Blast Onepiece, Chrono Genesis and Danon Kingly fighting for favouritism.
Never in her wildest dreams did jockey Mickaelle Michel expect to be breaking records when she took the gamble of trying to develop her career in Japan.