Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mikki Isle leads all the way to win NHK Mile Cup


Hot favorite Mikki Isle led a 18-horse field to win the NHK Mile Cup on Sunday afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. With this victory, he extended his winning streak to five.

In the same way that they did previously, Mikki Isle and regular rider Suguru Hamanaka broke well off the gate, setting the pace with a first 800-meter in  56.60 seconds.

In the very final stage, a bunch of rivals drew near, but Mikki Isle held off their challenges to get up to the winning post.

Second, a neck behind the winner, went to Tagano Burg with another nose back Kings of the Sun third. Another neck back Rosa Gigantea was fourth with Horai Akiko finishing another nose further back in fifth.

Mikki Isle, a 3-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the Rock of Gibralter mare Star Isle, has now recorded five wins in six starts with more than 188 million jp yen in career earnings for trainer H. Otonashi and owner M. Noda. Northern Racing was the breeder of the bay colt.

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