2022 VICTORIA MILE - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Victoria Mile is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for four year olds and above mares at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Victoria Mile is run over 1600m. It was first run in 2006 and was won by Dance In The Mood.
This is the mares chance in Japan to get a G1.
The Victoria Mile was worth JPY281,800,000 in 2022.
Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the start at the top of the back straight.
The majority of wins since it began are with the four year olds.
Vodka won the Derby in 2007 and two years on she won some top races including this by seven lengths and also the Japan Cup.
Buena Vista rarely ran a bad race. She took out the Victoria Mile after dropping back in trip from the Sheema Classic in Dubai.
Almond Eye was kept in training as a 5yo and returned in the 2020 edition. She absolutely bolted in four lengths.
Gran Alegria won her Victoria Mile then placed in the Yasuda Kinen and Tenno Sho before ending her career taking out the Mile Championship in November.
The most successful recent jockey is Christophe Lemaire with three wins.
Damian Lane won his first Japanese G1 on a riding stint on Normcore in 2019.
Hideaki Fujiwara has three wins as a trainer.
Notable winners of the Victoria Mile include Gran Alegria (2021), Almond Eye (2020), Straight Girl (2015/2016), Verxina (2013/2014), Apapane (2011), Buena Vista (2010), Vodka (2009) and Dance In The Mood (2006).
The 2021 Victoria Mile was won by Gran Alegria from Rambling Alley and Magic Castle.