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Ireland, Britain and France field runners in Japan Cup

Updated: Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 21:03 | Comments

Simenon faces the sternest test of his career in Sunday's Japan Cup at Tokyo
Simenon faces the sternest test of his career in Sunday's Japan Cup at Tokyo

Europe will be represented by Simenon, Joshua Tree and Dunaden in Sunday’s Japan Cup at Tokyo racecourse.

The last foreign raider to claim the Japan Racing Association's international showpiece was the Luca Cumani-trained Alkaased, who set a race record time under Frankie Dettori, and all three runners look up against it in this company.

Simenon, fourth in the Melbourne Cup when last seen for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Richard Hughes, will break from stall 14 in Sunday's Japan Cup at Tokyo racecourse.

The six-year-old, second to Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup in June, is stepping back down in trip to a mile and a half.

Ed Dunlop's Joshua Tree, the mount of Johnny Murtagh, has fared even worse with the widest draw of all in 17.

Mikel Delzangles' Dunaden will break from stall 10 under Jamie Spencer.

Gentildonna and Gold Ship are set to contest favouritism on Sunday morning, with Ryan Moore coming in for the ride on the former.

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