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NHK Mile Cup

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History

LAUDA SION winning the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo in Japan.
LAUDA SION winning the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The NHK Mile Cup is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old colts and fillies at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The NHK Mile Cup is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1996 and was won by Taiki Fortune.
Before 2001, it was the only colt and fillies G1 race that non-Japanese bred three-year-olds could participate in, which led to this race being considered as the "Japanese Derby for non-Japanese bred horse".
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.
This is a follow on from the two classic races – the Oka Sho (1000 Guineas) and the Satsuki Sho (2000 Guineas).
The NHK Mile Cup was worth JPY226,800,000 in 2021.
Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the start at the end of the back straight.
El Condor Pasa was a top young horse who'd back this up winning a Japan Cup then head to France and won a Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and a Prix Foy. He was just beaten by Montjeu in the Arc when trying to make all.
2004 winner King Kamehameha was a very good horse who won the Derby only three weeks after winning this mile race. He produced the great sprinter Lord Kanaloa.
2019 winner Admire Mars would go on to win the Hong Kong Mile on International Day.
Most wins have been with Yutaka Take and Norihiro Yokoyama with three.
The trainer with most wins is Kunihide Matsuda (3).
Notable winners of the NHK Mile Cup include Admire Mars (2019), Major Emblem (2016), Mikki Isle (2014), Meiner Ho O (2013), Grand Prix Boss (2011), Deep Sky (2008), King Kamehameha (2004) and El Condor Pasa (1998).
The 2020 NHK Mile Cup was won by Lauda Sion from Resistencia and Gilded Mirror.
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Previous NHK Mile Cup Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
LAUDA SION (JPN) 3C
REAL IMPACT (JPN) - ANTIPHONA (USA) SONGANDAPRAYER (USA)
M DEMURO57.0TAKASHI SAITO11
ADMIRE MARS (JPN) 3C
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - VIA MEDICI (IRE) MEDICEAN (GB)
M DEMURO57.0Y TOMOMICHI17
KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - KEIAI GERBERA (JPN) SMARTY JONES (USA)
Y FUJIOKA57.0O HIRATA11
AEROLITHE (JPN) 3F
KUROFUNE (USA) - ASTERIX (JPN) NEO UNIVERSE (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA55.0K TAKE16
MAJOR EMBLEM (JPN) 3F
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - CATCHY TITLE (JPN) OPERA HOUSE (GB)
C P LEMAIRE55.0Y TAMURA4
CLARITY SKY (JPN) 3C
KUROFUNE (USA) - TAIKI CLARITY (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA57.0Y TOMOMICHI7
MIKKI ISLE (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - STAR ISLE (IRE) ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE)
S HAMANAKA57.0H OTONASHI10
MEINER HO O (JPN) 3C
SUZUKA PHOENIX (JPN) - TENZAN ROSE (JPN) FRENCH DEPUTY (USA)
DAICHI SHIBATA57.0Y HATAKEYAMA8
CURREN BLACK HILL (JPN) 3C
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - CHARLESTON HARBOR (USA) GRINDSTONE (USA)
S AKIYAMA57.0O HIRATA5
GRAND PRIX BOSS (JPN) 3C
SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (JPN) - ROSY MIST (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C WILLIAMS57.0Y YAHAGI13
DANON CHANTILLY (JPN) 3C
FUJI KISEKI (JPN) - CHANSONNETTE (GB) MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0K MATSUDA13
JO CAPPUCCINO (JPN) 3C
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - JO PSYKHE (JPN) FUSAICHI CONCORDE (JPN)
KOUTA FUJIOKA57.0K NAKATAKE3
DEEP SKY (JPN) 3C
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - ABI (GB) CHIEF'S CROWN (USA)
H SHII57.0M KON9
PINK CAMEO (JPN) 3F
FRENCH DEPUTY (USA) - SILVER LANE (USA) SILVER HAWK (USA)
H UCHIDA55.0SAKAE KUNIEDA14
LOGIC (JPN) 3C
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - APRIL DRAMA (JPN) SAKURA YUTAKA O (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0K HASHIGUCHI6
RHEIN KRAFT (JPN) 3F
END SWEEP (USA) - MUST BE LOVED (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA55.0TSUTOMU SETOGUCHI12
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) 3C
KINGMAMBO (USA) - MANFATH (IRE) LAST TYCOON (IRE)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0K MATSUDA13
WIN KLUGER (JPN) 3C
TAIKI SHUTTLE (USA) - INVITE (IRE) BE MY GUEST (USA)
K TAKE57.0SHOICHI MATSUMOTO16
TELEGNOSIS (JPN) 3C
TONY BIN (IRE) - MAKE A WISH (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
M KATSUURA57.0H SUGIURA1

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