NHK Mile Cup

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NHK Mile Cup
Grade 1 race
The 14th NHK Mile Cup 20090510.jpg
The_14th_NHK_Mile_Cup
(第14回NHKマイルカップ)
Location Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo, Tokyo
Inaugurated1996
Race typeThoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/
Race information
Distance1600 meters
(About 8 furlongs / 1 mile)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
Qualification3-y-o, colts & Fillies only, Thoroughbreds
WeightColt 57 kg, Filly 55 kg; 2 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-breds
Purse ¥ 175,200,000 (as of 2015)
1st: ¥ 92,000,000
The 6th (2001) winner Kurofune Kurofune at NHK Mile Cup.jpg
The 6th (2001) winner Kurofune

The NHK Mile Cup (NHKマイルカップ (NHK Mairu Kappu)) is a Grade 1 flat horse race in Japan for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, run over a distance of 1,600 metres (approximately one mile) on the turf at Tokyo Racecourse in May. [1]

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The NHK Mile Cup is sponsored by the Japanese public broadcasting organization NHK, and as such, this race is broadcast not only on Fuji TV (one of NHK's competitors) but on one of the NHK channels that cover horse racing (NHK General TV; the other, BS-1, covers certain other races such as the Japan Cup). (In Japanese horseracing, "Sponsor" doesn't mean the man or organisation provide prize money. They provide only the prize, cup, trophy etc.)

Before the year 2001, it was the only colt and fillies G1 race that non-Japanese bred three-year-olds could participate, which led to this race being considered as the "Japanese Derby for non-Japanese bred horse" until foreign-bred horse restrictions were lifted in 2001. Until 2010 it was limited to domestic-trained horses, but these restrictions were removed that year (along with the Japanese classics). A maximum of nine foreign horses are allowed entry in the NHK Mile Cup. It is considered one of the prep races for both the Yushun Himba (the Japanese Oaks) and the Tokyo Yushun (the Japanese Derby). [2]

Step races

Race nameGradeRacecourseDistance
1 Mainichi Hai GIII Hanshin Turf 1800m
2Margelet StakesOPHanshinTurf 1400m
3 New Zealand Trophy GII Nakayama Turf 1600m
4 Oka Sho GIHanshinTurf 1600m
5 Satsuki Sho GINakayamaTurf 2000m

The New Zealand Trophy is the only formal trial race for NHK Mile Cup. The top three finishers of that race will be granted participation right in this race. If a horse from the National Association of Racing (NAR) finished in top three in the New Zealand Trophy, at most of two extra participation rights will be issued within the other four races.

Winners

(Winners in italic are also later winners from either Yushun Himba or Tokyo Yushun that year)

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1996Taiki Fortune Yoshitomi Shibata Yoshiyasu TakahashiTaiki Farm1:32.6
1997Seeking the Pearl Yutaka Take Hideyuki MoriTomoko Uenaka1:33.1
1998 El Condor Pasa Hitoshi MatobaYoshitaka NinomiyaTakashi Watanabe1:33.7
1999Symboli IndyNorihiro Yokoyama Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Bokujo1:33.8
2000Eagle CafeYukio OkabeFutoshi KojimaKiyoshi Nishikawa1:33.5
2001 Kurofune Yutaka Take Kunihide Matsuda Makoto Kaneko 1:33.0
2002TelegnosisMasaki KatsuuraHiroaki SugiuraShadai Racehorse co.1:33.1
2003Win Kluger Koshiro Take Shigeki MatsumotoWin Co. Ltd.1:34.2
2004 King Kamehameha Katsumi AndoKunihide Matsuda Makoto Kaneko 1:32.5
2005 Rhein Kraft Yuichi Fukunaga Tsutomu SetoguchiShigemasa Ohsawa1:33.6
2006Logic Yutaka Take Kojiro HashiguchiKoji Maeda1:33.2
2007Pink KameoHiroyuki UchidaSakae Kunieda Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. 1:34.3
2008 Deep Sky Hirofumi ShiiMitsugu KonToshio Fukami1:34.2
2009Jo CappuccinoKota FujiokaKazuya NakatakeKeiko Ueda1:32.4
2010Danon ChantillyKatsumi AndoKunihide MatsudaDanox Co. Ltd.1:31.4
2011Grand Prix Boss Craig Williams Yoshihito YahagiGrand Prix Co. Ltd.1:32.2
2012Curren Black HillShin-ichiro AkiyamaOsamu HirataTakashi Suzuki1:34.5
2013Meiner Ho ODaichi ShibataYoshihiro HatakeyamaK Thoroughbred Club Ruffian1:32.7
2014 Mikki Isle Suguru HamanakaHidetaka OtonashiMizuki Noda1:33.2
2015Clarity SkyNorihiro YokoyamaYasuo TomomichiTadakuni Sugiyama1:33.5
2016 Major Emblem Christophe Lemaire Yasuhito TamuraSunday Racing1:32.8
2017AerolitheNorihiro YokoyamaTakanori KikuzawaSunday Racing1:32.3
2018Keiai NautiqueYusuke FujiokaOsamu HirataKazuhiro Kameda1:32.8
2019 Admire Mars Mirco DemuroYasuo TomomichiRiichi Kondo1:32.4
2020 Lauda Sion Mirco DemuroTakashi SaitoSilk Racing1:32.5
2021 Schnell Meister Christophe Lemaire Takahisa TezukaSunday Racing1:31.6

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References

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