Race promoted to G2 for first time
￥120,000,000 Total Prize Money - ￥55,000,000 First Place Prize Money
Ireland fan zone at venue marks 60 years of diplomatic relations
The Embassy of Ireland in Japan is pleased to announce that the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes horserace, which will take place on Saturday 14 October, has been promoted to a G2 from a Class 4 race for the first time, and invites members of the public to visit Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, to take part in the fun this weekend.
Ireland’s Ambassador to Japan, Ms. Anne Barrington, said: “I’m delighted that the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes has been promoted to Group 2 classification for the first time, making it the most significant racing event in Japan this coming Saturday. It is yet another highlight of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, which we are celebrating this year, and further cements the strong bond between Ireland and Japan.
“This would not have been possible without the friendship and support of Japan Racing Association, which has strong links with its Irish counterparts, Horse Racing Ireland. Ireland is the largest producer of Thoroughbred foals in the EU, and fourth in the world, and my hope is that someday soon an Irish Thoroughbred will travel to Japan and compete here, and that Japanese Thoroughbreds will travel to Ireland and compete in one of our world class races.
“I am also delighted that the Japan Racing Association, in partnership with La Ditta Limited, have organised an Ireland fan zone in the in-field fan area that will feature food, music and drinks. There will be plenty on offer from Irish pubs The Cluracan, Seamus O’Hara’s and Grab & Grog, who will serve up food and drink for hungry and thirsty race-goers throughout the day. Live traditional Irish music will be performed on the day by Ayako Okunuki, Akio Noguchi and Osamu Shimoda and shouldn’t be missed.
“Finally, I would like to wish all the jockeys, owners, breeders and punters the best of luck, and congratulations in advance to those who will claim some of the ￥120,000,000 prize money!”