On the basis of three runs, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Japan could be a leading player in the Epsom Derby come June for team Ballydoyle.
After a lacklustre seventh on debut which did not really offer too much, this three-year-old has won twice stylishly since in the colours of Derrick Smith.
He found another gear at Listowel in September to get back up under Donnacha O’Brien over seven, suggesting a staying trip could be down the line.
Three weeks later he scored in a first-time Group Two at Naas over a mile, beating a much more experienced horse in Mount Everest.
Looks interesting, and could be the yard’s number one Classic contender over the mile-and-a-half division, by which he would look to follow in the hoof-prints of his father Galileo; who of course won the British showpiece back in 2001.
Japan certainly is a name to remember this season.