Gran Alegria Overwhelms Strong Field in This Year’s Victoria Mile

Gran Alegria wins this year’s Victoria Mile at Tokyo.

GRAN ALEGRIA winning the Victoria Mile at Tokyo in Japan.
GRAN ALEGRIA winning the Victoria Mile at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Odds on favorite Gran Alegria claimed this year's Victoria Mile for older fillies and mares to register her fifth G1 victory. The 2020 Best Sprinter or Miler became the first horse to win JRA's all three G1 mile titles for four-year-olds and up, which include her Yasuda Kinen and Mile Championship titles last year. Her other two G1 victories include the 2019 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, 1,600m) and last year's Sprinters Stakes (1,200m). Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa marked his 33rd JRA-G1 win following last year's Mile Championship victory with this mare and his second Victoria Mile title following his win in 2006 with Dance in the Mood. Jockey Christophe Lemaire registered his 38th JRA-G1 victory following his win in the NHK Mile Cup with Schnell Meister just last week. He has won the Victoria Mile twice in the past with Admire Lead in 2017 and Almond Eye last year.

Five-year-old Gran Alegria, breaking from stall six, settled in mid-division around 10th from the front-runner. Taking an outer route turning the corners, the Deep Impact mare made bid from around the 400-meter pole, promptly took the front 200 meters out with bewildering speed and further accelerate with a powerful drive, while marking the fastest last three furlongs, for a four-length victory.

"She was very strong as we had all expected. She's not a very good starter so we settled in mid-division but she raced in good rhythm. After I took her to the outside entering the lane, she showed a remarkable response and geared up on her own. She showed that she's at a different level than her competitors and will probably win more G1 titles going forward. Personally, I am delighted that I was able to score my 1,400th JRA victory today and to win another G1 race," commented Christophe Lemaire.

Tenth pick Rambling Alley hugged the rails in 11th eying Gran Alegria on the outside. The five-year-old dark bay swung to the outside entering the lane and chased the race favorite persistently until the wire, nailing Magic Castle in her last stride for a runner-up effort.

Fifth choice Magic Castle saved ground, around ninth, inside the race favorite, met traffic at the top of the stretch but showed sustaining speed and passed tenacious Resistencia 100 meters out. Although overtaken by fast-closing Rambling Alley just before the wire, she held off the rest of the field to complete a 1-2-3 finish by filly and mares sired by Deep Impact.

Other Horses:

4th: (14) Dirndl - ran 3-wide around 5th, rallied with rivals for runner-up, lacked speed just before
               wire
5th: (2)  Shigeru Pink Dia - sat around 5th, showed tenacious effort, weakened in final strides
6th: (18) Resistencia - chased leaders around 3rd, took command 300m out, weakened in last
              100m
7th: (11)   Danon Fantasy - positioned around 14th, found little room, accelerated in last 300m
8th: (5)   Des Ailes - ran 3-4 wide behind winner around 11th, showed brief effort, even paced in
               last 100m
9th: (7)   Maltese Diosa - traveled around 7th, met traffic after entering to lane, lacked needed
               kick
10th: (3)  Christie - set pace, sustained lead until 200m pole, outrun in last 100m
11th: (12)  Sound Chiara - sat around 7th in front of winner, struggled to find clear path, failed to
                respond
12th: (10)  Red Belle Deesse - trailed in rear, switched to outside at early stretch, improved
                 position
13th: (16)  Ria Amelia - was off a slow, ran 2nd from rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
14th: (9)   Terzetto - took economic trip around 14th, showed effort until 200m pole
15th: (17)  Smile Kana - pressed pace in 2nd from wide draw, used up at 200m pole
16th: (15)  Affranchir - raced 3-wide around 14th, unable to reach contention
17th: (13)   Pourville - traveled 3-wide around 11th behind winner, showed little at stretch
18th: (4)    Iberis - tracked leaders in 3rd or 4th along rails, faded after final corner


Japan Racing Association



Tokyo

Sunday, 16th May 2021

11
15:40
(local)

THE VICTORIA MILE (G1)

Age: 4yo and up Sex: FM Type: OPEN
JPY ¥204,960,000
1600m TURF FIRM
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥204,960,000
1600m FIRM

THE VICTORIA MILE (G1)

Age: 4yo and up Sex: FM Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 6. GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - TAPITSFLY (USA)
C P LEMAIRE
K FUJISAWA
$1.30
55.0kg
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd 8. RAMBLING ALLEY (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - BLOOMING ALLEY (JPN)
HAYATO YOSHIDA
Y TOMOMICHI
$75.20
55.0kg
Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd.
3rd 1. MAGIC CASTLE (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SO MAGIC (JPN)
K TOSAKI
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$14.70
55.0kg
Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd.
4th 14. DIRNDL (JPN) 5yo M
RULERSHIP (JPN) - GRUNEWALD (JPN)
TAISEI DANNO
Yutaka Okumura
$176.90
55.0kg
5th 2. SHIGERU PINK DIA (JPN) 5yo M
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - MOONLIGHT BAY (JPN)
R WADA
KUNIHIKO WATANABE
$125.30
55.0kg
6th 18. RESISTENCIA (JPN) 4yo F
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - MALACOSTUMBRADA (ARG)
YUTAKA TAKE
TAKESHI MATSUSHITA
$7.10
55.0kg
7th 11. DANON FANTASY (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LIFE FOR SALE (ARG)
Y FUJIOKA
MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA
$58.70
55.0kg
8th 5. DES AILES (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - AVENIR CERTAIN (FR)
Y KAWADA
Y TOMOMICHI
$13.70
55.0kg
9th 7. MALTESE DIOSA (JPN) 4yo F
KIZUNA (JPN) - TOP OF DORA (USA)
HIRONOBU TANABE
T TEZUKA
$40.80
55.0kg
10th 3. CHRISTIE (JPN) 4yo F
KIZUNA (JPN) - WHITE ALBUM (JPN)
ARATA SAITO
HARUKI SUGIYAMA
$181.30
55.0kg
11th 12. SOUND CHIARA (JPN) 6yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SOUND BARRIER (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
AKIO ADACHI
$27.50
55.0kg
12th 10. RED BELLE DEESSE (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - RED FANTASIA (USA)
SHU ISHIBASHI
Y SHIKATO
$301.00
55.0kg
13th 16. RIA AMELIA (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - RIA ANTONIA (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA
MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA
$57.00
55.0kg
14th 9. TERZETTO (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - RADDOLCENDO (JPN)
M DEMURO
SHOICHIRO WADA
$13.60
55.0kg
15th 17. SMILE KANA (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - A SHIN COOL D (USA)
DAICHI SHIBATA
Y TAKAHASHI
$103.90
55.0kg
16th 15. AFFRANCHIR (JPN) 5yo M
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - LE SUCRE (JPN)
TAKUYA ONO
TOMOHITO OZEKI
$487.70
55.0kg
17th 13. POURVILLE (JPN) 5yo M
LE HAVRE (IRE) - KENHOPE (FR)
KOSEI MIURA
Y SHONO
$90.30
55.0kg
18th 4. IBERIS (JPN) 5yo M
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - CELEBRAR (JPN)
MANABU SAKAI
KOICHI TSUNODA
$207.20
55.0kg