Jockey Christophe Soumillon will most likely be aboard BuenaVista, when the star filly will again challenge the official Japan Cup victor, Rose Kingdom, in the Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Boxing Day.
Controversy surrounded the decision to award Rose Kingdom the race after Buena Vista was disqualified reversing the placings, also resulting in a four day suspension for Soumillon, after he was found to have caused interference.
In a strange but fortunate twist, the pair were bred by Katsumi Yoshidaâ€™s Northern Farms and are both owned by the Sunday Racing Co. Ltd syndicate.
With a highly anticipated rematch in the making, Yoshida stated, â€œThe two horses have to run together in the Arima Kinen.
â€œIf they didnâ€™t run, the fans will not understand. I think Soumillon will ride again of course.â€
Hiroyoshi Matsuda, trainer of Buena Vista, had some strong critism for the decision saying, â€œAt first, it is no good for fans.
â€œWhy did they need such a long time before deciding the judgement? Could the officials not make a decision as soon as they had listened to the jockeys or are they not professional enough to do so?â€
Soumillon was ruled out of taking part in the Hong Kong international races to be held on 12th December, due to the four day ban, and will miss his planned ride on Planteur.
Regarding the incident Matsuda continued, â€œDid you watch the Prix de lâ€™Arc de Triomphe? Horses strike each other but every jockey there thinks this is a common occurrence, but Japanese jockeys overstate the case when they meet any sort of interference from another horse.
â€œI donâ€™t think they can join the rougher races in the world â€“ they will have to change their thinking to survive.â€