Kluger winning the G2 Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto in April 2016 (Image: JRA)
Cox Plate invitee Kluger, the Japanese horse who finished second to Winx in this year’s G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), has been unplaced at his return run on home soil.
Kluger finished eighth, just under six lengths from the winner Blast Onepiece in Sunday’s (A$1.87m) G2 Sapporo Kinen (2000m) at Sapporo.
The northern hemisphere seven-year-old entire settled third last on the fence in the 14-horse field before picking up a few positions in the home straight.
Kluger is trained by Tomokazu Takano and owned by Carrot Farm. Connections have accepted an invitation to contest the $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 26 according to Racing Victoria and Moonee Valley Racing Club officials.
Kluger raced on both days of The Championships at Randwick. He finished fourth in the $3m G1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) after reeling off the second-quickest final 200 metres on April 6.
Seven days later Kluger chased home Winx in the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes, finishing 1.5 lengths behind the champion mare in her final racetrack appearance.
Kluger has raced 22 times for five wins but winless from his past 11 outings with his last victory coming in the G2 Yomiuri Milers Cup (1600m) at Kyoto in April 2016.