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Punters checking the horses and the form guide at the parade ring for race 11, the big race of the day - The American Jockey Club Cup, with total prize money of over 115 million yen (GBP 500,000). The Nakayama Racecourse, located in the suburbs of Tokyo in Funabashi, is used only for horse racing and has a capacity of 165,676. It was built in 1990 and has 15,944 seats, most of them enclosed. Nakayama Racecourse has two grass courses, a dirt course and a jump course. Japan's top jump race, and the richest steeplechase race in the world, the Nakayama Grand Jump is run here every April. The Nakayama Grand Jump has a 170 million yen (approx. GBP 800,000) purse. Traditionally a working-class vice, racing has tried to reinvent itself as a family day out.