Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SportsLookSportsLook

Horse Racing

Horse Racing's G1 Mile Championship: Preview

The 39th running of the Mile Championship will feature 17 horses ranging from ages 3 to 10, including three-time Grade 1 mile winner Sodashi, at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sodashi, ridden by Hayato Yoshida, wins the Victoria Mile on May 15 at Tokyo Racecourse. (ⒸSANKEI)

This Sunday’s Grade 1 event, the Mile Championship, is the top mile race of the fall. The race is known for being pretty straightforward. 

No double-digit picks have finished in the top 3 over the last decade and the favorite has won for the last two years. The race has been held at Hanshin Racecourse instead of its usual venue Kyoto for the past two years, as it will be this year for the 39th running, on November 20.

This time the race attracted 17 nominees, with their ages ranging from 3 years old to a racing rarity of 10 years old. They include the three-time Grade 1 winner Sodashi and four others with one Grade 1 victory each to his name ― Salios, Schnell Meister, Danon the Kid and Danon Scorpion

There's a handful of very strong candidates for the top spot and its prize of ¥180 million JPY ($1.3 million USD).

Getting to Know Sodashi

The stunning pure-white Sodashi, a 4-year-old daughter of Kurofune, has three wins in mile Grade 1 races. This year, her four starts have not only ranged in distance from 1,600-2,000 meters, but they also included the dirt Grade 1 February Stakes. 

She rose to the challenge in all, with one win and two seconds including her win in the Grade 1 Victoria Mile over 1,600 meters at Tokyo. Following a fifth in the Grade 2 Sapporo Kinen over 2,000 meters at Sapporo in August, she finished a head behind the winner Izu Jo no Kiseki in the Fuchu Himba Stakes in October. 

A return to the Hanshin 1,600 meters, where she captured two Grade 1s ― the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and the Oka Sho ― may well see her pocket her fourth Grade 1 victory.

SportsLook is happy to announce a new arrangement with JRA News to increase news coverage and enjoyment of Japanese horse racing throughout the year among international readers. The rest of the article can be seen on JRA News, here.

Author: JRA News

Direct Delivery!

Sign up to receive regular sports news from us

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Features

Equinox, a 3-year-old colt, galloped to victories in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) and Arima Kinen, securing the top individual honor for a Japanese thoroughbred.

Features

A trio of Beijing Olympic gold medals, Roki Sasaki's perfect game and boxer Naoya Inoue's success were among 2022's defining sports highlights for Japan.

Horse Racing

French jockey Lemaire, who won his first Arima Kinen aboard Heart's Cry in 2005, steers race favorite Equinox to his second Grade 1 victory...

Horse Racing

Trainer Tetsuya Kimura is hoping Equinox can replicate his winning form from October, when he produced a come-from-behind victory in the Tenno Sho (Autumn).

Horse Racing

Since last year's Arima Kinen, Efforia has struggled to produce successful results in races. But trainer Yuichi Shikato believes he's now on the right...