11/24/2003 1:00AM

Johar, Islington get in light work


Both Breeders' Cup winners who will compete in Sunday's Japan Cup had their last works at the Shiroi Quarantine Center before departing for Tokyo Racecourse on Tuesday.

Johar, a son of Gone West who shared victory with High Chaparral in the Breeders' Cup Turf, merely galloped on Sunday and Monday. Awaiting trainer Richard Mandella's arrival in Tokyo on Tuesday, exercise rider Niphon Nilluang was pleased with the colt's progress.

"His strong point would be his persistent stamina," Nilluang said. "As far as what I've seen, I would say that he is suited for Tokyo Racecourse with its 2 1/2-furlong stretch."

Islington, the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner, cantered on Sunday, but Australian representative and recent Cox Plate winner Fields of Omagh remained in his stall in anticipation of a strong gallop a day after he arrives at Tokyo on Wednesday.