11/21/2002 12:00AM

Gold Allure a monster in Japan


Reba's Gold and Abreeze will carry American hopes against the powerful Gold Allure in the $2.05 million Japan Cup Dirt, a Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile race at Nakayama Racecourse on Saturday.

Of the two Americans, Reba's Gold has the best chance of springing an upset. Trained by Dan Hendricks, Reba's Gold is the recent winner of the Steinlen Handicap at Hollywood Park. He has drawn decently in post 7, just inside strong favorite Gold Allure, who is expected to show the way under jockey Yutaka Take.

The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Abreeze, on the other hand, has drawn post 11 in the 16-runner field, so his rider, Richard Migliore, will have some difficulty getting to the front with a run of 1 1/2 furlongs before the first of two right-handed turns.

David Flores, aboard Reba's Gold, will probably try to beat Gold Allure to the turn, but even if he does, Gold Allure will be difficult to defeat. A Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence and half-brother to 2001 Dubai Gold Cup runner-up To the Victory, Gold Allure is undefeated in four starts on dirt and is coming off victories on that surface in the Japan Dirt Derby and the Derby Grand Prix by a combined 17 lengths. A Gold Allure victory in the mold of Kurofune's seven-length romp in last year's Japan Cup Dirt would be no surprise.

Gold Allure is not the only local horse to fear. Admire Don was the seven-length winner of the Nov. 4 Japan Breeding Farms Cup Classic, a key prep for the Japan Cup Dirt. Preeminence was fifth in last year's Dirt, 4 1/4 lengths ahead of eighth-place Lido Palace. She has won three dirt stakes in succession and has been pointed to this race all year.

Olivier Peslier's mount, Hagino High Grade, the winner of two dirt stakes on off tracks this spring, will be dangerous if there is rain.

* Sunday's $3.95 million Japan Cup, a 1 3/8-mile Grade 1 contest on turf, has also drawn a field of 16. The field includes lone American representative Sarafan, probable favorite Symboli Kris S, defending champ Jungle Pocket, and Golan.