This year, and for the 17th time since 1969, a horse from Japan will try once more to win the greatest race in the world. This sporting challenge is cherished in Japan, a nation with a huge love for horseracing. A large contingent of fans from the Land of the Rising Sun is expected at ParisLongchamp to cheer home their champion, Clincher at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe; the way they have been doing every year.
Japanese media provides intensive coverage of the Arc every year and this year’s renewal of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is no expectation, especially as they have not had landed the coveted title though they had many favourites and tough runners in previous editions.
A large media delegation has arrived in Paris for Clincher. On Wednesday, media representatives watched the morning training of Clincher at the Training Centre in Chantilly. Then a press conference was held where dozens of Japanese media representatives addressed questions Clincher’s jockey Yutaka Take, who expressed his hope to win the long-awaited title for the Japanese. Clincher’s trainer Hiroshi Miyamoto was also present along with other Chantilly-based trainers.