Nakayama Grand Jump

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Nakayama Grand Jump
Jump Grade 1 race
Location Nakayama Racecourse
Race type Thoroughbred-Steeplechase
Race information
Distance4250 meters
(About 2 and 2/3 miles)
TrackRight and Left-handed
Qualification4-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight4-y-o 62 kg \ 5-y-o & up 63.5kg
Purse¥142,660,000 (2020)

The Nakayama Grand Jump (中山グランドジャンプ) is a Japanese horse racing steeplechase, held at Nakayama Racecourse every year in mid-April. It is for thoroughbreds, four years old and older, run at a distance of 4250m (2 5/8 miles + 84 feet).

With a purse of over 142,660,000 yen, (about US$1.3 million), the Nakayama Grand Jump is one of the richest steeplechase races in the world.

The race, held as "Nakayama Daishogai spring" until 1998, was first run in 1999. Its distance was 4100m until 2000.

It is one of two Grade I steeplechase races on Japanese turf; the other is the Nakayama Daishogai, which uses the same racecourse under a slightly different configuration.

The race is run on Nakayama's steeplechase course, which follows a twisted path on the racecourse interior over a series of jumps, inclines and declines. The dirt course is also crossed several times. On the final lap, with about 1200 m (3/4 mile) remaining, horses enter the outer turf course along the backstretch for the race's final three jumps.

The race has been won five times by overseas runners: St Steven (New Zealand 2002), Karasi (Australia 2005, 2006, 2007) and Blackstairmountain (Ireland 2013).


1999(*1) Mejiro Pharaoh 6 Takashi Oehara Yokichi Okubo Mejiro Shoji co.4:56.2
2000 Gokai 7 Yoshiyuki Yokoyama Hiroyuki Gohara Kei Yoshihashi4:43.1
2001 Gokai 8 Yoshiyuki Yokoyama Hiroyuki Gohara Kei Yoshihashi4:52.3
2002 St Steven 8 Craig Thornton John WheelerJohn Wheeler4:50.9
2003 Big Taste 5 Katsuyoshi Tsuneishi Tadashi Nakao Big co.4:48.9
2004 Blandices 7 Takashi Oehara Tatsuo Fujiwara Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.4:47.0
2005 Karasi 10 Brett Scott Eric Musgrove Pearse Morgan4:50.4
2006 Karasi 11 Brett Scott Eric Musgrove Pearse Morgan4:50.8
2007 Karasi 12 Brett Scott Eric Musgrove Pearse Morgan4:50.4
2008 Maruka Rascal 6 Makoto Nishitani Yutaka Masumoto Kawacho Sangyo4:57.7
2009Spring Ghent9 Osamu Shirahama Akihiko Nomura Haruo Kato4:49.1
2010Merci Mont Saint5Yosuke KonoKohei TakeMitsuishi Farm5:03.5
2011(*2)Meiner Neos8Daichi ShibataRyuichi InabaK Thoroughbred Club Ruffian4:51.6
2012 Majesty Bio 5Daichi ShibataTsuyoshi TanakaBio Co. Ltd.5:02.9
2013 Blackstairmountain 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins Susannah Ricci4:50.5
2014Apollo Maverick5Yusuke IgarashiMasahiro HoriiApollo Thoroughbred Club4:50.7
2015Up To Date5Mitsuaki HayashiShozo SasakiKazuo Imanishi4:46.6
2016Oju Chosan5Shinichi IshigamiShoichiro WadaChosan Co Ltd4:49.64
2017Oju Chosan6Shinichi IshigamiShoichiro WadaChosan Co Ltd4:50.8
2018Oju Chosan7Shinichi IshigamiShoichiro WadaChosan Co Ltd4:43.0
2019Oju Chosan8Shinichi IshigamiShoichiro WadaChosan Co Ltd4:47.6
2020Oju Chosan9Shinichi IshigamiShoichiro WadaChosan Co Ltd5:02.9

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