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Mile Championship

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History

GRAN ALEGRIA winning the Mile Championship at Hanshin in Japan.
GRAN ALEGRIA winning the Mile Championship at Hanshin in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Mile Championship is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year olds and above at Hanshin racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Mile Championship is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1984 and was won by Nihon Pillow Winner.
The Mile Championship was worth JPY281,800,000 in 2021.
Maurice is the best recent winner of the Mile Championship. It was his lead up run to taking the Hong Kong Mile. That was one of the first confirmations of his outstanding ability.
Hanshin racecourse is a right handed course with the start at the top of the back straight.
In the 38 runnings, six horses have won dual editions.
The 3yos won in 2017/2018 but it was back to 2000 for the previous winner.
International riders have had a great trot with the likes of Christophe Lemaire, Olivier Peslier, Ryan Moore, Mirco Demuro and William Buick all winning it.
Gran Alegria came off winning the Sprinters Stakes to score in 2020. She would win a Victoria Mile the following season and then end her career by winning this race again in 2021.
Notable winners of the Mile Championship include Gran Alegria (2020/2021), Indy Champ (2019), Mikki Isle (2016), Maurice (2015), Daiwa Major (2006/2007), Durandal (2003/2004), Zenno El Cid (2001), Taiki Shuttle (1997/1998), Genuine (1996), Daitaku Helios (1991/1992), Oguri Cap (1989) and Nihon Pillow Winner (1984/1985).
The 2021 Mile Championship was won by Gran Alegria from Schnell Meister and Danon The Kid.
Racing and Sports

Previous Mile Championship Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN) 5M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - TAPITSFLY (USA) TAPIT (USA)
C P LEMAIRE55.0K FUJISAWA12
GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN) 4F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - TAPITSFLY (USA) TAPIT (USA)
C P LEMAIRE55.0K FUJISAWA4
INDY CHAMP (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - WILL POWER (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
K IKEZOE57.0H OTONASHI5
STELVIO (JPN) 3C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - L'ARCHETTO (JPN) FALBRAV (IRE)
WILLIAM BUICK56.0TETSUYA KIMURA1
PERSIAN KNIGHT (JPN) 3C
HARBINGER (GB) - ORIENT CHARM (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
M DEMURO56.0Y IKEE18
MIKKI ISLE (JPN) 5H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - STAR ISLE (IRE) ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE)
S HAMANAKA57.0H OTONASHI16
MAURICE (JPN) 4H
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - MEJIRO FRANCES (JPN) CARNEGIE (IRE)
RYAN MOORE57.0N HORI16
DANON SHARK (JPN) 6H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CARLA POWER (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
Y IWATA57.0R OKUBO12
TOSEN RA (JPN) 5H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - PRINCESS OLIVIA (USA) LYCIUS (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0H FUJIWARA5
SADAMU PATEK (JPN) 4H
FUJI KISEKI (JPN) - SUMMER NIGHT CITY (JPN) HELISSIO (FR)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0M NISHIZONO1
EISHIN APOLLON (USA) 4H
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) - SILK AND SCARLET (GB) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
K IKEZOE57.0MIKIO MATSUNAGA5
A SHIN FORWARD (USA) 5H
FOREST WILDCAT (USA) - WAKE UP KISS (USA) CURE THE BLUES (USA)
Y IWATA57.0M NISHIZONO13
COMPANY (JPN) 8H
MIRACLE ADMIRE (JPN) - BRILLIANT VERY (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
N YOKOYAMA57.0H OTONASHI4
BLUMENBLATT (JPN) 5M
ADMIRE VEGA (JPN) - MY WILD FLOWER (USA) TOPSIDER (USA)
Y YOSHIDA55.0S ISHIZAKA7
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 6H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0H UEHARA8
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 5H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0H UEHARA10
HAT TRICK (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - TRICKY CODE (USA) LOST CODE (USA)
O PESLIER57.0KATSUHIKO SUMII5
DURANDAL (JPN) 5H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SAWAYAKA PRINCESS (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
K IKEZOE57.0MASAHIRO SAKAGUCHI7
DURANDAL (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SAWAYAKA PRINCESS (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
K IKEZOE57.0MASAHIRO SAKAGUCHI11
TOKAI POINT (JPN) 6G
TOKAI TEIO (JPN) - MATCH POINT (JPN) REAL SHADAI (USA)
M EBINA57.0YOSHIYUKI GOTO10

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