Ireland and Japan Connected in Sport

Ireland-Japan diplomatic relations celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a year-long calendar of cultural, sporting and political events to mark this important milestone.

Given that Japan will be hosting the next Olympic Games in 2020 and the next Rugby World Cup in 2019, and that they will be a major influence in the decision making process for the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2023, it is as important an international sporting connection to foster as you could imagine.

As part of the sporting programme, the Japan Racing Association is at Leopardstown Racecourse tonight with a major sponsorship and a very high powered delegation of visitors.

Those in attendance will include the Ambassador of Japan Mari Miyoshi, Japan Racing Association Director Masayoshi Yoshida, General Manager of the Japan Racing Association Keiichiro Fujimura. The Japan Racing Association has sponsored the Tyros Stakes for the past three years (2014-2017). In 2016, the Tyros Stakes was won by the Aidan O’Brien-trained, Churchill. The Galileo colt went on to win four Group 1 races including the Curragh and Newmarket Guineas double which shows the quality of this race.

The Japan Racing Association has sponsored the Tyros Stakes for the past three years. In 2016 the Tyros Stakes was won by the Aidan O’Brien-trained, Churchill. The Galileo colt went on to win four Group 1 races including the Curragh and Newmarket Guineas double which shows the quality of this race.

The ties between Japan and Ireland in the sport of horse racing continue to grow. One of Japan’s top rated horses is Satono Crown, sold in utero from Ireland. Satono Crown has gone on to win the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin and has also won the Group 1 Takarasuka Kinen in June this year. Deep Impact, a champion stallion in Japan and considered one of the finest horses on Japanese turf holds an Irish connection. His dam,

Earlier this year, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, one of the leading races of the world at Longines Irish Champions Weekend offered a complimentary guaranteed entry to the race to the winner of the Group 1 Osaka Hai with the aim of encouraging a Japanese runner to the race.

“The ties between Japan and Ireland are very important to us as we both share the passion for the sport of horse racing,” said Leopardstown CEO Pat Keogh.

“The Japan Racing Association has been part of our summer series for the past three years as we work together to spread horse racing to the widest audience possible.”

“We are always delighted to welcome the Japanese to Ireland and we look forward to welcoming a Japanese horse and Japanese horse racing fans to Leopardstown in the future.”

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