Robert Smerdon.Trainer Robert Smerdon, who prepared More Than Sacred, is hoping the five-year-old can win the Geelong Cup. Photo: Getty Images

There seems to be no escaping the Japanese influence on this spring carnival, and again at Geelong on Wednesday, the strength of their purchasing power will be on display.

After Admire Rakti’s win in the Caulfield Cup last Saturday and favouritism for the Melbourne Cup, Wednesday’s Geelong Cup has another link to one of the most powerful horse racing and breeding countries in the world.