NHK Mile Cup

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]

NHK Mile Cup
Grade 1 race
The 14th NHK Mile Cup 20090510.jpg
LocationTokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo, Tokyo
Inaugurated1996
Race typeThoroughbred
Websitejapanracing.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

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 racesEdit

Race name Grade Racecourse Distance
1 Mainichi Hai GIII Hanshin Turf 1800m
2 Margelet Stakes OP Hanshin Turf 1400m
3 New Zealand Trophy GII Nakayama Turf 1600m
4 Oka Sho GI Hanshin Turf 1600m
5 Satsuki Sho GI Nakayama Turf 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.

WinnersEdit

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

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1996 Taiki Fortune Yoshitomi Shibata Yoshiyasu Takahashi Taiki Farm 1:32.6
1997 Seeking the Pearl Yutaka Take Hideyuki Mori Tomoko Uenaka 1:33.1
1998 El Condor Pasa Hitoshi Matoba Yoshitaka Ninomiya Takashi Watanabe 1:33.7
1999 Symboli Indy Norihiro Yokoyama Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Bokujo 1:33.8
2000 Eagle Cafe Yukio Okabe Futoshi Kojima Kiyoshi Nishikawa 1:33.5
2001 Kurofune Yutaka Take Kunihide Matsuda Makoto Kaneko 1:33.0
2002 Telegnosis Masaki Katsuura Hiroaki Sugiura Shadai Racehorse co. 1:33.1
2003 Win Kluger Koshiro Take Shigeki Matsumoto Win Co. Ltd. 1:34.2
2004 King Kamehameha Katsumi Ando Kunihide Matsuda Makoto Kaneko 1:32.5
2005 Rhein Kraft Yuichi Fukunaga Tsutomu Setoguchi Shigemasa Ohsawa 1:33.6
2006 Logic Yutaka Take Kojiro Hashiguchi Koji Maeda 1:33.2
2007 Pink Kameo Hiroyuki Uchida Sakae Kunieda Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. 1:34.3
2008 Deep Sky Hirofumi Shii Mitsugu Kon Toshio Fukami 1:34.2
2009 Jo Cappuccino Kota Fujioka Kazuya Nakatake Keiko Ueda 1:32.4
2010 Danon Chantilly Katsumi Ando Kunihide Matsuda Danox Co. Ltd. 1:31.4
2011 Grand Prix Boss Craig Williams Yoshihito Yahagi Grand Prix Co. Ltd. 1:32.2
2012 Curren Black Hill Shin-ichiro Akiyama Osamu Hirata Takashi Suzuki 1:34.5
2013 Meiner Ho O Daichi Shibata Yoshihiro Hatakeyama K Thoroughbred Club Ruffian 1:32.7
2014 Mikki Isle Suguru Hamanaka Hidetaka Otonashi Mizuki Noda 1:33.2
2015 Clarity Sky Norihiro Yokoyama Yasuo Tomomichi Tadakuni Sugiyama 1:33.5
2016 Major Emblem Christophe Lemaire Yasuhito Tamura Sunday Racing 1:32.8
2017 Aerolithe Norihiro Yokoyama Takanori Kikuzawa Sunday Racing 1:32.3
2018 Keiai Nautique Yusuke Fujioka Osamu Hirata Kazuhiro Kameda 1:32.8
2019 Admire Mars Mirco Demuro Yasuo Tomomichi Riichi Kondo 1:32.4
2020 Lauda Sion Mirco Demuro Takashi Saito Silk Racing 1:32.5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011.05.03 2011 NHK Mile Cup (G1) - Preview - News - Horse Racing in Japan". Japanracing.jp. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
  2. ^ "Japanese Derby hopefuls look to cement credentials in NHK Mile Cup". Thoroughbred Times. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2011-12-24.