All quiet on the Eastern Front at the moment, with just one runner this weekend - Time For Love makes her debut in the 6R at Niigata on the 23rd, with Makoto Sugihara taking the reins in this 1400m turf race. After that, hopefully Porthos runs in England on the 25th, with Beat The Boarder pencilled in for NAR action at Tokyo on the following day. Beyond that, River Spirit should be out at Ffos Las on the 28th in the Class 5 Jubilee Park Nursery Handicap Stakes over five furlongs, and Glint Moment is being lined up for an 1800m turf race at Kokura on the 30th, and that's about it.
With the extreme heat we're having in Japan right now, most of the trainers are keeping horses away from the track. However, for some of those less likely to thrive, it could also be a good chance for them to get into a weaker field. One can also bet all the JRA races will be heavily oversubscribed the minute a cooler breeze blows through, and without a priority rating, some of those struggling - like Joyful Step, and even all my Carrot Club four-year olds nowadays - may not even get a berth in the gate.