The overwhelming favourite in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1), the Irish colt Japan (Galileo) justified market support by shining at ParisLonghamp on Sunday, July 14. The representative of the racing superpower, Coolmore, contained the sustained and eye-catching effort of the French colt Slalom (Intello). Jalmoud (New Approach) rounded out the placings in third.
Japan was third in the Epsom Derby before creating one of the biggest impressions at the Royal Ascot Meeting by impressing in the King Edward VII Stakes (Gr 2). It was on the strength of that win that he gained a free entry to French race.
Japan is entered in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the colt's participation in the world's top race is on the card according to connections.
Aidan O’Brien, the colt's trainer said: "We are very happy with the colt. The pace wasn't overly taxing and he found himself in front quite soon in the straight. Granted this scenario, he did just what he needed to do. At Royal Ascot the pace was a lot stiffer. The idea is now to give him a break. A return trip [to Paris Longchamp] is on the cards for one of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe trials. On the basis of how he runs, we will then decide to route him to either the Arc or the Irish Champion Stakes."