Golden Slipper day preview

Punters will scramble for form guides, trackwork notes, videos .. anything to help them get a handle on just how good these Japanese actually might be.

But if the patriots reluctantly concede the quartet have some pretty handy credentials, then they better look away when delving into the history of trainer Yasutoshi Ikee.

Seven horses have completed the famed Japanese triple crown. Ikee, barely training for a decade and the freshest of fresh-faced 46-year-olds, is one. That was thanks to the deeds of champion stallion Orfevre. Ikee’s dad and mentor, Yasuo, is another triple crown winner.