As expected, the semi-final of the Tokyo Cup provided this season?s hardest outing yet. The increasingly familiar Kizooch venue had been drenched by a week of rain, and standing water punctuated the mud slicks at the river-end of the fields. Strangely enough, it was in this slippery hinterland that all the scoring of a titanic match was to take place.
Sunday saw the Gaijin once more fit and ready for action at outer Tokyo?s hard-to-find Kizooch Field. The patter of rain on rice-paddy and the repeated wail of ambulances confirmed the location, and in a new and gleaming white kit an almost unchanged squad was determined to stay in contention for the cup.