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EPSOM REWIND: Japan | Derby third heads for Ormonde Stakes

Japan, who finished third in the 2019 Epsom Derby, features on Chester’s May Festival card on Thursday

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Japan (second right) ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Juddmonte International Stakes ahead of Crystal Ocean (right) ridden by James Doyle in second during Juddmonte International Day of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse.

2019 Epsom Derby bronze medalist Japan heads for this afternoon’s Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at the Chester May Festival this afternoon.

Aidan O’Brien‘s five-year-old ran a cracker on the Downs under Wayne Lordan just under two years ago, finishing behind stable-mate Anthony Van Dyck and Kevin Prendergast’s Madhmoon in a thrilling renewal of flat racing’s greatest race.

WATCH: JAPAN FINISHES ON THE PODIUM IN AN EPIC RENEWAL OF THE DERBY IN 2019 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Galileo then registered three successive wins to end his three-year-old campaign, firstly in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, before back-to-back Group 1 successes at Longchamp and York, respectively.

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Aidan O’Brien’s Japan has won five of his 14 career starts to date

He endured an underwhelming season last year but bids to get his campaign back on track in Cheshire this afternoon.

Day two of the May Festival kickstarts at Chester this afternoon at 1:45pm

Dom’s NAP of the day features in the tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Ormonde Stakes at 3:15pm this afternoon.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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