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Brilliant Duty Free winner Just A Way could represent Japan in the Arc

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Injured Japanese star Kizuna will miss Arc

Japan: Last year's Prix Niel winner Kizuna will not be returning to Paris this autumn in an attempt to improve on his fourth place behind Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Trainer Shozo Sasaki announced the four-year-old had sustained a small fracture to his near-hind leg when disappointing in fourth in the Tenno Sho (Spring) last Sunday.

Kizuna will undergo an operation, with Sasaki targeting a return to the track by the end of the year.

He said: "I think it happened in the race. It's not too serious, so I'm sure he'll be able to return. I'll consider the Arima Kinen [in December] for his next run, but we'll see how he is nearer the time."

Kizuna was a 16-1 chance for the Arc but it still seems likely Japan will be well represented when entries for the world's richest turf race close on Wednesday.

Harp Star was an impressive winner of the Japanese 1,000 Guineas (Oka Sho) last month, after which Northern Farms president Katsumi Yoshida hinted Longchamp could be on the agenda were she to double up in the Japanese Oaks (Yushun Himba) this month.

Trainer Naosuke Sugai could hold the key to the strength of the challenge for a race Japanese horsemen hold dear. Sugai announced last month Dubai Duty Free winner Just A Way would be given an entry, as would multiple Group 1 winner Gold Ship and three-year-old Red Reveur, who beat Harp Star in a Grade 1 in December before coming off second best to the same rival in the Guineas.

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