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Canada's Up With the Birds to contest Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse

Two of the three foreign-based horses en route to the Nov. 30 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400 meters) at Tokyo Racecourse touched down safely in Japan earlier this week. Arriving were the 4-year-old colt Up With the Birds, Canada’s Horse of the Year for 2013 trained by Malcolm Pierce and Irish Derby champion Trading Leather, also a 4-year-old colt and based at the stable of Irish trainer James Bolger.

Jockey Eurico Da Silva guides Sam Son Farm's Up With the Birds to victory in the $150,000 Marine Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by WEG/Michael BurnsUp With the Birds was the first to arrive. Leaving from Canada and traveling via the U.S., the bay colt landed shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 and was transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School in Shiroi, Chiba Prefecture, where he arrived shortly before midnight the same day.

Assistant trainer Mark Ramsammy said, the colt “didn’t show any signs of fatigue from the trip and is in good shape.” Ramsammy said he would “be in regular touch with the trainer to receive instructions regarding training.”

The next day, Ramsammy said, “He seems to be over the long trip. Today, since he’s just had a long trip, we’ll only handwalk him a bit.” Ramsammy said plans were to prepare Up With the Birds for the race in the same manner as he would be prepared back home. The colt was weighed Monday and tipped the scales at 482 kg.

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