Resistencia Tackles Males in NHK Mile Cup
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The classic season of Japanese racing will reach fever pitch over the next few weeks, with the NHK Mile Cup (G1) preceding big events such as the Japanese Derby on May 31.
The one-mile NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse, with a purse of about US$2.1 million, is restricted to sophomores and has drawn the full field of 18. The filly Resistencia will take on the boys after running second in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) earlier this year. Last year’s Champion Two Year Old Filly, Resistencia is a daughter of Daiwa Major – who has thrown three previous winners of this race - and is trained by Takeshi Matsushita. Regular pilot Christophe Lemaire will ride.
There are three other fillies in the race – including the Orfevre daughters Shine Garnett and Gilded Mirror, as well as Bon Om Touk – and 14 colts. Of them, Satono Impresa is one to watch. The son of the late Deep Impact is unbeaten in three starts, including the Grade 3 Mainichi Hai on March 28. Popular rider Yutaka Take will be up on the colt, whose dam Sahpresa was a three-time Group 1 winner in England and was twice group one placed in Japan.
Luftstrom is also unbeaten. Trained by Noriyuki Hori, Luftstrom did not debut until the end of January and has since taken a Grade 2 race over a mile. Damian Lane will be up on the son of Kinshasa no Kiseki.
Taisei Vision has never been worse than second, and is a Grade 2 winner. The son of Turtle Bowl was Grade 1 placed as a juvenile, and his dam Somnia was stakes placed. Jockey Shu Ishibashi ran second in this race last year.
Succession will be more of a price despite having three wins over the distance. Sakae Kunieda trains the son of King Kamehameha, who was Grade 2 placed at Nakayama in March. He had previously won two stakes races in January and last September. His German-bred and raced dam Addicted was a Group 3 winner.
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