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November 18, 2018


Three-Year-Old Stelvio Defeats Defending Champion in This Year’s Mile Championship
Mile Championship (G1)

Mile Championship (G1)

Fifth pick Stelvio captured his first G1 victory in this year’s Mile Championship to reign as another three-year-old mile champion following last year’s Persian Knight. Scoring two consecutive wins in his first two starts as a two-year-old, he was runner-up in the following Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3) and the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1) then marked his first graded victory in his kickoff start this year, the Spring Stakes (G2). While finishing fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1), he came off a runner-up effort in the Mainichi Okan. He has marked 4-3-0 out of seven starts between 1,600 and1,800 meter distances including this race. This win marked trainer Tetsuya Kimura’s first G1 and eighth graded win since establishing his stable in 2011. This was also the first JRA-G1 win for jockey William Buick, who is riding in Japan from yesterday under a short-term license for the first time in four years. This is his fifth graded victory in Japan.

Fifth pick Stelvio broke smoothly from the innermost stall, settled toward the front and waited along the rails while his rivals traveled wide to make bid turning the corners. Entering the lane around fourth from the front, the son of Lord Kanaloa unleashed a powerful kick, overtook Al Ain 100 meters out and pulled away strongly while holding off the strong challenge by the defending champion.

“It’s my first G1 win in Japan and this race is obviously one of the world’s biggest mile races so it’s very special for me. The horse was in great condition and when I saw he was drawn one, I thought that if he can make use of the draw and get a good position, he has a chance, which the horse managed to do. He had a good finishing kick. He won like a class horse and hopefully this is the beginning of this horse’s G1 career,” commented jockey William Buick.

Third pick Persian Knight stalked Stelvio by the rails and challenged the three-year-old bay with an impressive late charge before the wire but was a head short of defending his title.

Fourth choice Al Ain rushed out to travel second or third behind frontrunner Aerolithe, took the front around the 200-meter marker, was overtaken by Stelvio then by Persian Knight in the last 100 meters but held on well to cross the wire in third.

Race favorite Mozu Ascot eased back after a good break to travel fifth or sixth from the rear, steered toward the inside after entering the stretch but was unable to find a clear path and finished 13th.

Other Horses:
4th: (16) Katsuji—raced towards rear, quickened and timed tied fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (10) Mikki Glory—sat 3rd from rear, angled out, showed tied fastest charge over last 3 furlongs
6th: (6) Jour Polaire—settled in mid-division, circled wide, accelerated in last 300m
7th: (13) Red Avancer—ran around 6th, turned wide, advanced to 2nd 200m out, overtaken in final strides
8th: (5) He’s in Love—broke poorly, saved ground in mid-group, passed tired rivals
9th: (9) Win Bright—traveled 3-wide around 5th, lacked needed kick
10th: (14) Air Spinel—raced 3-wide in mid-pack, good striking position at early stretch, outrun in last 100m
11th: (18) Keiai Nautique—advanced to 4th from widest draw, ran gamely until 200m pole
12th: (15) Aerolithe—sat wide near pace then led before third corner, outrun in last 100m
14th: (7) Logi Cry—soon led then chased leader in 2nd or 3rd, fell back in last 200m
15th: (4) Black Moon—positioned 2nd from rear, unable to reach contention
16th: (11) Gendarme—was off slow, trailed in rear, angled out, never a threat
17th: (17) Lord Quest—traveled 3-wide towards rear, never fired at stretch
18th: (12) Reine Minoru—raced in mid-division, dropped back, no factor

THE 35TH MILE CHAMPIONSHIP (G1) – Japan Autumn International
3-year-old & up, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), right-handed, turf
Sunday, November 18, 2018  Kyoto Racecourse    11th Race      Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 238,600,000 (about US$ 2,170,000 <US$1=¥110>)
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 1 1 Stelvio
C3 56.0 Lord Kanaloa
W. Buick
T. Kimura
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
2 1 2 Persian Knight
C4 57.0 Harbinger
Orient Charm
M. Demuro
Y. Ikee
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Oiwake Farm
3 2 3 Al Ain
C4 57.0 Deep Impact
Dubai Majesty
Y. Kawada
Y. Ikee
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
4 8 16 Katsuji
C3 56.0 Deep Impact
K. Matsuyama
K. Ikezoe
Kanayama Holdings Co., Ltd.
Okada Stud
5 5 10 Mikki Glory
H5 57.0 Deep Impact
K. Tosaki
S. Kunieda
Mizuki Noda
Okada Stud
6 3 6 Jour Polaire
M5 55.0 Deep Impact
Summer Night City
Y. Ishikawa
M. Nishizono
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
7 7 13 Red Avancer
M5 55.0 Deep Impact
Erimo Pixy
Y. Kitamura
H. Otonashi
TokyoHorseRacing Co., Ltd
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
8 3 5 He’s in Love
H5 57.0 Harbinger
She’s Included
Ko. Fujioka
Ke. Fujioka
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
9 5 9 Win Bright
C4 57.0 Stay Gold
Summer Eternity
M. Matsuoka
Y. Hatakeyama
Win Co., Ltd.
Cosmo View Farm
10 7 14 Air Spinel
H5 57.0 King Kamehameha
Air Messiah
Y. Fukunaga
K. Sasada
Lucky Field Co., Ltd.
Tsunebumi Yoshihara
11 8 18 Keiai Nautique
C3 56.0 Deep Impact
Keiai Gerbera
Y. Fujioka
O. Hirata
Kazuhiro Kameda
Queens Ranch Ltd
12 7 15 Aerolithe
F4 55.0 Kurofune
R. Moore
T. Kikuzawa
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
13 4 8 Mozu Ascot
C4 57.0 Frankel
C. Lemaire
Y. Yahagi
Capital System Co., Ltd.
Summer Wind Farm
14 4 7 Logi Cry
H5 57.0 Heart’s Cry
Dream Moment
C. Demuro
N. Sugai
Masaaki Kumeta
Northern Racing
15 2 4 Black Moon
H6 57.0 Admire Moon
Royal Attack
S. Hamanaka
K. Nishiura
Him Rock Racing Holdings Co., Ltd.
Tabata Farm
16 6 11 Gendarme
C3 56.0 Kitten’s Joy
Y. Take
Y. Ikee
Koji Maeda
North Hills Co., Limited
17 8 17 Lord Quest
H5 57.0 Matsurida Gogh
Matsurida Waltz
N. Yokoyama
S. Kojima
Lord Horse Club
Samani Hori Bokujo
18 6 12 Reine Minoru
F4 55.0 Daiwa Major
Daiwa Angel
H. Shii
M. Honda
Minoru Yoshioka
Fujiwara Farm
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m)
Note1: No foreign contenders
Note2: Figures quoted under Odds are Win Odds, which show the amount of money you get back per single unit (100yen), and Fav indicates the order of favorites.

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 22,819,854,800 ATTENDANCE: 33,129

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.1 ¥870 BRACKET QUINELLA 1-1 ¥3,200 QUINELLA 1-2 ¥3,220
PLACE No.1 ¥310 QUINELLA PLACE 1-2 ¥1,140 EXACTA 1-2 ¥6,350
No.2 ¥230 1-3 ¥1,130 TRIO 1-2-3 ¥5,480
No.3 ¥240 2-3 ¥670 TRIFECTA 1-2-3 ¥29,790
  1. 1.Stelvio (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Lord Kanaloa / L'Archetto (Falbrav)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Tetsuya Kimura Jockey: William Buick
    9 Starts, 4 Wins  
    Added money: ¥ 113,780,000 Career earnings: ¥ 277,730,000

  2. 2.Persian Knight (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Harbinger / Orient Charm (Sunday Silence)
    Owner: G1 Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Oiwake Farm
    Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee Jockey: Mirco Demuro

  3. 3.Mozu Katchan (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Dubai Majesty (Essence of Dubai)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee Jockey: Yuga Kawada
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.4 - 11.1 - 11.5 - 12.1 - 11.7 - 11.6 - 11.2 - 11.7
Last 4 furlongs: 46.2          Last 3 furlongs: 34.5

Positions at each corner: 3rd corner 15(3,7)(1,9,18)(2,6,13)(12,14)(5,8,17)(16,10)4,11
4th corner 15(3,7)18(1,9)(2,6,13,14)17(5,12,8)(16,10)4,11

Note1: Underlined bold number indicates the winning horse.
Note2: Horse numbers are indicated in the order of their positions at each corner, with the first position listed first. Two or more horses inside the same parentheses indicate that they were positioned side by side. Hyphens between the horse numbers indicate that there is distance between the former and the latter. The asterisk indicates a slight lead.


* Mile Championship (G1)

The Mile Championship is one of the most prestigious autumn grade-one events for milers together with the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m) in spring. Horse racing in Japan had been focusing on long distance racing for a long time, regarding stamina and strength as the most important quality of horses. However, with modern racing having increased its attention to speed horses suited to a mile or shorter distance races, the Mile Championship was established in 1984 in conjunction with Japanese races adopting the grading system. The current racing program now provides races for short, middle and long distance racehorses.
The race welcomed several foreign contestants in the past; Special Kaldoun (IRE, by Alzao;9th), Tout Seul (IRE, by Ali-Royal;16th) in 2003—first since being designated an international race in 1998—, Rakti (GB, by Polish Precedent;14th) in 2004, Court Masterpiece (GB, by Polish Precedent;7th) in 2006, Becrux (ITY, by Glen Jordan; 8th) in 2007, Rahy's Attorney (CAN, by Crown Attorney;9th) in 2008, Eva's Request (IRE, by Soviet Star;10th) in 2009, Immortal Verse (IRE, by Pivotal; 7th) in 2011 and Sahpresa (USA, by Sahm) in 2009 (3rd), 2010 (4th) and 2011 (3rd).
Last year, Persian Knight became the first three-year-old to win the Mile Championship since Agnes Digital (USA, by Crafty Prospector) in 2000. He came off a fifth in his first start of the fall campaign, the Fuji Stakes (G3, 1,600m; Oct.20), to defend his title this year. Fuji Stakes winner Logi Cry and fourth-place finisher and last year’s Mile Championship runner-up Air Spinel were also among the lineup. Runners coming off the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m; Oct.7) were 2017 NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) and this year’s Yasuda Kinen runner-up Aerolithe (1st), victor of the 2018 Spring Cup (G2, 1,800m) Stelvio (2nd) and this year’s NHK Mile Cup champion Keiai Nautique (5th). This year’s Yasuda Kinen winner Mozu Ascot came off a second-place finish behind Lord Quest in the Swan Stakes (G2, 1,400m; Oct.27). Other notable contenders included the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap (G3, 1,600m; Sep.9) champion Mikki Glory, this year’s Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m) winner Jour Polaire and last year’s Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) victor Al Ain.
Danon Shark (JPN, by Deep Impact) set the race record of 1:31.5 when winning the race in 2014.

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