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Mile Championship

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History

INDY CHAMP winning the Mile Championship in Kyoto, Japan.
INDY CHAMP winning the Mile Championship in Kyoto, 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 Kyoto 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 JPY238,600,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD3million).
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.
Kyoto racecourse is a right handed course with the start at the top of the back straight.
In the 36 runnings, five horses have won dual editions.
The 3yos have 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 Olivier Peslier, Ryan Moore, Mirco Demuro and William Buick all winning it.
Notable winners of the Mile Championship include 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 2019 Mile Championship was won by Indy Champ from Danon Premium and Persian Knight.
Racing and Sports

Previous Mile Championship Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
INDY CHAMP (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - WILL POWER (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
K IKEZOE 57.0 H OTONASHI 5
STELVIO (JPN) 3C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - L'ARCHETTO (JPN) FALBRAV (IRE)
WILLIAM BUICK 56.0 TETSUYA KIMURA 1
PERSIAN KNIGHT (JPN) 3C
HARBINGER (GB) - ORIENT CHARM (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
M DEMURO 56.0 Y IKEE 18
MIKKI ISLE (JPN) 5H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - STAR ISLE (IRE) ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE)
S HAMANAKA 57.0 H OTONASHI 16
MAURICE (JPN) 4H
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - MEJIRO FRANCES (JPN) CARNEGIE (IRE)
RYAN MOORE 57.0 N HORI 16
DANON SHARK (JPN) 6H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CARLA POWER (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
Y IWATA 57.0 R OKUBO 12
TOSEN RA (JPN) 5H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - PRINCESS OLIVIA (USA) LYCIUS (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 57.0 H FUJIWARA 5
SADAMU PATEK (JPN) 4H
FUJI KISEKI (JPN) - SUMMER NIGHT CITY (JPN) HELISSIO (FR)
YUTAKA TAKE 57.0 M NISHIZONO 1
EISHIN APOLLON (USA) 4H
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) - SILK AND SCARLET (GB) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
K IKEZOE 57.0 MIKIO MATSUNAGA 5
A SHIN FORWARD (USA) 5H
FOREST WILDCAT (USA) - WAKE UP KISS (USA) CURE THE BLUES (USA)
Y IWATA 57.0 M NISHIZONO 13
COMPANY (JPN) 8H
MIRACLE ADMIRE (JPN) - BRILLIANT VERY (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
N YOKOYAMA 57.0 H OTONASHI 4
BLUMENBLATT (JPN) 5M
ADMIRE VEGA (JPN) - MY WILD FLOWER (USA) TOPSIDER (USA)
Y YOSHIDA 55.0 S ISHIZAKA 7
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 6H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO 57.0 H UEHARA 8
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 5H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO 57.0 H UEHARA 10
HAT TRICK (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - TRICKY CODE (USA) LOST CODE (USA)
O PESLIER 57.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 5
DURANDAL (JPN) 5H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SAWAYAKA PRINCESS (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
K IKEZOE 57.0 MASAHIRO SAKAGUCHI 7
DURANDAL (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SAWAYAKA PRINCESS (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
K IKEZOE 57.0 MASAHIRO SAKAGUCHI 11
TOKAI POINT (JPN) 6G
TOKAI TEIO (JPN) - MATCH POINT (JPN) REAL SHADAI (USA)
M EBINA 57.0 YOSHIYUKI GOTO 10

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