Tenno Sho Return For Almond Eye

Champion Japanese mare Almond Eye is on course to return to the races following a break over the northern summer.

Almond Eye
Almond Eye Picture: Dubai Racing Club

The brilliant 4YO will be pointed toward the $US3 million Tenno Sho (Autumn), a Group 1 over 2000m better known as the Emperor's Cup on October 27.

The prestigious race will serve as a launch pad for other G1 races including the a defence of the Japan Cup in November and the Hong Kong Cup in December.

Also possible down the line is a return to Dubai, where she won the Dubai Turf earlier this year.

In other Japanese news, the Dubai Turf is firmly on the radar for G1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) winner Loves Only You.

A full-sister to 2016 Dubai Turf winner Real Steal, the 3YO daughter of the recently deceased super sire Deep Impact is undefeated in four starts, including her race record win in the Oaks.

Deirdre, a crowd-pleasing winner of the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in July, is being pointed toward the G1 Irish Champion Stakes against Europe's top middle-distance runners on September 14.

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