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Fifth time lucky? Will the Arc de Triomphe be won by a Japanese horse in 2014?

“Hyperion” (Robert Bishop) has been studying the terrific line up for this years Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and feels that this year’s winner may come from Japan.

“Hyperion”, interviewed at Rosehill, said “The starting point is obviously last year’s super winner, the filly Treve. Its difficult to win a second Arc and I feel that Treve has been much less reliable this year”.

“I really like two horses from Japan, Just a Way and Harp Star. The five year old from Japan, Just a Way, has shown that he can travel and then win outside Japan when he won the Dubai Duty Free earlier this year by more than six lengths. This followed earlier wins this year in the Nakayama Kinen and the Yasuda Kinen. If Just a Way can stay the 12 furlongs I favour him over Treve and Australia”.

“I also like the 3-year-old filly Harp Star who won this year’s Japanese 1000 Guineas (Oka Sho) in April. She is beautifully bred by Deep Impact out of Historic Star (Falbrav). It would be good to see a Japanese winner following Orfevre’s unlucky two second places in Europe’s premier middle distance race”.

"Japanese horse have been second in the Arc on four occasions - El Condor Pasa, Nakayama Festa and Orfevre (twice) - and I feel that Just a Way and Harp Star could come first and second, with the third Japanese horse Gold Ship, maybe even making up the first three trifecta".

Robert Bishop

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