Principle Races

(Picture:Up to Date, 2015 Nakayama Grand Jump and 2015 Nakayama Dai-Shogai Winner, 2015 Japanese Best Steeplechase Horse)


 日本の障害競馬は4月の中山グランドジャンプと12月の中山大障害を頂点として行われます。障害競馬は通年行われており、基本的には1日に1レース、週に2~3レースが行われることが多いようです。

 

  Jump Racing in Japan are held all the year over, and two or three races are conducted every week. Nakayama Grand Jump (JG1) in April and Nakayama Dai-Shogai (JG1) in December are the most valuable races in Japanese Jumps. They are said to be one of the richest jump races in the world because of their expensive prize money (¥135 million). No classification such as Hurdles and Steeplechase in Japan, but all grade races except for Nigata Jump Stakes (JG3) can be considered as Steeplechase. Nakayama Grand Jump was a highly international race gathering contenders from AUS, NZ, IRE, FR, UK, and USA, and was won by St Steven (NZ), Karasi (AUS) and Blackstairmountain (IRE). Pegasus Jump Stakes in March is a prep race for Nakayama Grand Jump (JG1) and was won by Rand (NZ). Invitation system was largely changed in 2011 and the number of overseas challengers has been decreased, but Nakayama Grand Jump (JG1) has still attracted attention from all over the world.

 

March

Pegasus Jump Stakes (Nakayama)

Hanshin Spring Jump (JG2) (Hanshin)

April

Nakayama Grand Jump (JG1) (Nakayama) (2017 replay)

May

Kyoto High Jump (JG2) (Kyoto)

June

Tokyo High Jump (JG3) (Tokyo)

July

Kokura Summer Jump (JG3) (Kokura)

August

Nigata Jump Stakes (JG3) (Nigata)

September

Hanshin Jump Stakes (JG3) (Hanshin)

October

Tokyo High Jump (JG3) (Tokyo)

November

Kyoto High Jump (JG3) (Kyoto)

December

Illumination Jump Stakes (Nakayama)

Nakayama Dai-Shogai (JG1) (Nakayama) (2016 replay)