Having already been entered in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) by his connections on the 15th May 2019, the 3-year-old from Japan, Roger Barows, has now most probably guaranteed his starting place in the biggest showcase race in the world following his win on Sunday, 26th May, 2019. The colt won the Japan Derby (Group 1, 2,400 metres) in record time at Tokyo racecourse. He won in 2’22’’60. The previous course record dated back to 2015, when the Japanese Champion Duramente won in 2’23’’20.
Roger Barows carries the colours of Hirotsugu Inokuma, and the owner commented after the race that he would be aiming his colt at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Of course, Roger Barows will need to come out well from his race, and in order to aid him in this he will have a few weeks’ break. Katsuhiko Sumii, who trains Roger Barows, suggested that he will prep the colt for the Arc if his owner so wished. Katsuhiko Sumii has previously had a runner in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Victoire Pisa, who finished in 7th place in the 2010 running of the race.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the greatest flat race in the world, takes place on the 6th October at ParisLongchamp.