Red Oval has shown a good performance in his recent runs, finishing second in the non-graded stakes on June 21 and following up with victory in the Sapporo Nikkan Sports Hai in early August. He warmed up for the Cup, working a 1,000-meter in 69.60 seconds at Sapporo Racecourse on Thursday morning.
Smart Orion worked at Sapporo Racecourse on Thursday, breezing a 1,000-meter in 69.80 seconds. The winner of the grade three Ocean Stakes earlier this season came at victory in the UHB Hai two weeks ago after failing to make a good result in two starts.
Robe Tissage, a close second in the grade three Hokkaido Sprint, is looking for her first victory since winning the juvenile grade one race in 2012 season.
Snow Dragon, second in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen last March, comes off second in the Hokkaido Sprint Cup at NAR Mombetsu. He galloped a 1,000-meter in 66.80 seconds at Sapporo dirt course on Thursday.