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November 22, 2015


Maurice Claims This Year's Mile Championship to Capture Consecutive G1 Mile Titles
Mile Championship (G1)

Mile Championship (G1)

Fourth pick Maurice, coming off his first G1 victory in the Yasuda Kinen in early June, won this year’s Mile Championship to achieve two consecutive G1 victories and a five-race winning streak. The son of Screen Hero became the 10th horse to win both the Yasuda Kinen and the Mile Championship, the sixth to do so in the same year following Daiwa Major in 2007. Trainer Noriyuki Hori claimed his ninth JRA-G1 victory following the colt’s Yasuda Kinen title and Ryan Moore, who is racing in Japan under a short-term license, marked his fifth JRA-G1 win following the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes title he achieved with Asia Express in 2013.

Four-year-old Maurice broke smoothly from stall 16 and was eased back to mid-division while traveling wide behind second-pick Fiero on the outside. Turning wide around the corners and entering the stretch still in mid-division, the bay colt accelerated from around 300 meters out and passed tiring rivals to take command with 100 meters to go and draw away for his second G1 victory.

“I knew that he was probably going to be the best miler in the race and it was just a question of getting a clean trip and hopefully if we kept things straight forward, he would be able to show that he’s the best horse, and he did. He showed a really good turn of foot in the last 400 meters. I rode him when he was a two-year-old but he’s developed into a fast strong horse,” commented Ryan Moore.

Last year’s runner-up Fiero, rated around eighth from frontrunner Let’s Go Donki, slipped out from between horses around the 200-meter pole and chased Maurice to the wire but finished again in second, 1-1/4 lengths behind the winner.

Odds-on-favorite Isla Bonita, being forced to race from behind after missing his break, edged forward along the rails in the backstretch and threaded through horses in the homestretch to deliver a powerful late kick, running the fastest in the last three furlongs, but was 1-1/4 lengths and a neck short to finish third.

Other Horses:
4th: (8) Satono Aladdin—hugged rail inside winner, switched to outer route for clear path, accelerated
5th: (7) Albiano—traveled in 5th, quickened along rail at stretch, led briefly 100m out but outrun
6th: (3) Let’s Go Donki—set moderate pace, sustained bid and led until 100m out, weakened
7th: (14) Tosen Stardom—prominent in 3rd to 4th early, ran gamely until 100m out, outrun thereafter
8th: (13) Real Impact—sat in mid-group, showed good effort but was too late
9th: (17) Logotype—raced in front of winner, checked 200m out, lacked needed kick
10th: (15) Danon Shark—ran in rear pack, angled wide, showed belated charge at straight
11th: (6) Arma Waioli—traveled back in mid-division, even paced at stretch
12th: (18) Clarity Sky—pressed pace in 2nd from widest draw, ran out of steam in last 200m
13th: (11) Curren Black Hill—raced behind winner, unable to reach contention
14th: (1) Vincennes—sat 2nd from last, turned wide, passed tired rivals
15th: (12) Red Reveur—positioned wide toward rear, failed to respond at straight
16th: (2) Keiai Elegant—chased leaders in 3rd to 4th, showed little after final turn
17th: (4) Daiwa Maggiore—saved ground in 6th, met traffic 300m out, lost momentum
18th: (9) Red Arion—trailed in rear, no factor

THE 32ND MILE CHAMPIONSHIP (G1) – Japan Autumn International -
3-year-old & up, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), right-handed, turf
Sunday, November 22, 2015  Kyoto Racecourse    11th Race      Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 208,000,000 (about US$ 1,733,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 56kg (about 123-124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2012
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 8 16 Maurice
C4 57.0 Screen Hero
Mejiro Frances
R. Moore
N. Hori
Kazumi Yoshida
Togawa Bokujo
2 5 10 Fiero
H6 57.0 Deep Impact
M. Demuro
H. Fujiwara
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
3 3 5 Isla Bonita
C4 57.0 Fuji Kiseki
Isla Cozzene
M. Ebina
H. Kurita
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
4 4 8 Satono Aladdin
C4 57.0 Deep Impact
Magic Storm
C. Lemaire
Y. Ikee
Hajime Satomi
Northern Farm
5 4 7 Albiano
F3 54.0 Harlan's Holiday
Y. Shibayama
T. Kimura
Kazumi Yoshida
Helen Alexander & Helen Groves Rev Trust
6 2 3 Let’s Go Donki
F3 54.0 King Kamehameha
K. Tosaki
T. Umeda
Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co., Ltd.
Shimizu Bokujo
7 7 14 Tosen Stardom
C4 57.0 Deep Impact
Admire Kirameki
K. Take
Y. Ikee
Takaya Shimakawa
Northern Racing
8 7 13 Real Impact
H7 57.0 Deep Impact
Tokio Reality
H. Bowman
N. Hori
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
9 8 17 Logotype
H5 57.0 Lohengrin
S. Hamanaka
T. Tanaka
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
10 7 15 Danon Shark
H7 57.0 Deep Impact
Carla Power
Y. Iwata
R. Okubo
Danox Co., Ltd.
Shimokobe Farm
11 3 6 Arma Waioli
C3 56.0 Matsurida Gogh
Inazuma Laurel
M. Katsuura
K. Nishiura
Koutomic Racing
Koizumi Bokujo
12 8 18 Clarity Sky
C3 56.0 Kurofune
Taiki Clarity
N. Yokoyama
Y. Tomomichi
Tadakuni Sugiyama
Taiki Clarity Partnership
13 6 11 Curren Black Hill
H6 57.0 Daiwa Major
Charleston Harbor
S. Akiyama
O. Hirata
Takashi Suzuki
Northern Racing
14 1 1 Vincennes
H6 57.0 Deep Impact
Flower Park
Y. Kawada
M. Matsunaga
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
15 6 12 Red Reveur
F4 55.0 Stay Gold
A. Atzeni
N. Sugai
TokyoHorseRacingCo., Ltd
Shadai Farm
16 1 2
Keiai Elegant
M6 55.0 King Kamehameha
Post Parade
Y. Yoshida
M. Ogata
Kazuhiro Kameda
Keiai Orthopedic Appliance Co., Ltd.
17 2 4 Daiwa Maggiore
H6 57.0 Daiwa Major
Y. Take
Y. Yahagi
Keizo Oshiro
Shadai Farm
18 5 9 Red Arion
H5 57.0 Agnes Tachyon
Erimo Pixy
H. Kawasu
K. Hashiguchi
TokyoHorseRacingCo., Ltd
Excel Management
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 RACE ALONE: ¥ 14,808,885,800  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 22,762,900,400 ATTENDANCE: 47,375

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.16 ¥570 BRACKET QUINELLA 5-8 ¥1,270 QUINELLA 10-16 ¥1,780
PLACE No.16 ¥210 QUINELLA PLACE 10-16 ¥690 EXACTA 16-10 ¥3,400
No.10 ¥150 5-16 ¥590 TRIO 5-10-16 ¥2,000
No.5 ¥130 5-10 ¥300 TRIFECTA 16-10-5 ¥12,000
  1. Maurice (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Screen Hero / Mejiro Frances (Carnegie)
    Owner: Kazumi Yoshida Breeder: Togawa Bokujo
    Trainer: Noriyuki Hori Jockey: Ryan Moore
    12 Starts, 7 Wins  
    Added money: ¥ 103,822,000 Career earnings: ¥ 313,008,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’15 Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m) 1st
      ’15 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy (G3, 1,600m) 1st

  2. Fiero (JPN), dark bay or brown, horse, 6-year-old
    Deep Impact / Ruby (Danehill)
    Owner: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Hideaki Fujiwara Jockey: Mirco Demuro

  3. Isla Bonita (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Fuji Kiseki / Isla Cozzene (Cozzene)
    Owner: Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd. Breeder: Shadai Corporation Inc.
    Trainer: Hironori Kurita Jockey: Masayoshi Ebina
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.6 - 10.9 - 11.1 - 12.5 - 11.9 - 11.1 - 11.5 - 11.2
  Last 4 furlongs: 45.7          Last 3 furlongs: 33.8

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

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; 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). However, the race has been contested without any participation from abroad since 2012.
This year’s race was contested by a strong field that included: defending champion Danon Shark who had claimed his first G1 title in last year’s race with a race record of 1.31.5 seconds and was coming off a fourth in the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) held on October 11; last year’s runner-up Fiero who was runner-up in the Swan Stakes (G2, 1,400m) on October 31; Swan Stakes victor Albiano; Satono Aladdin who came off a neck second in the Fuji Stakes (G3, 1,600m) on Oct. 24; 2013 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) winner Logotype, 2012 NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) champion Curren Black Hill and this year’s NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) victor Clarity Sky who were third, eighth and 15th, respectively, in the Fuji Stakes; Maurice who came off his first G1 title in this year’s Yasuda Kinen in June; Yasuda Kinen runner-up Vincennes who was 18th in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m) on November 1; last year’s Satsuki Sho champion Isla Bonita who was third in the Tenno Sho (Autumn); Red Arion and Smart Orion who shared this year’s Summer Mile Series victory; and this year’s Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) winner Let’s Go Donki who finished 17th in the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m) on October 18.

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