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NHK Mile Right Choice For Aerolithe

Connections made the right decision to start the three-year-old filly Aerolithe in the G1 NHK Mile Cup in Tokyo on Sunday.

NHK Mile Right Choice For Aerolithe

Connections made the right decision to start the three-year-old filly Aerolithe in the G1 NHK Mile Cup in Tokyo on Sunday.

Coming off a fifth in the G1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) over 1600m, Aerolithe’s connections altered her target to the NHK Mile Cup instead of the traditional Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) over 2400m.

Aerolithe Horseform, ridden by veteran jockey Norihiro Yokayama, made steady headway after traveling wide and accelerated impressively to overtake the leaders and hold off a fast closing Rieno Tesoro Horseform for a 1.5 lengths victory.


The win was the first G1 success for her trainer Takanori Kikuzawa, a former jockey with a career total of 639 wins who retired in 2010.

He opened his yard in 2011 and had four previous Graded race wins as a trainer coming into the NHK Mile Cup.

Yokoyama has now won 26 G1 races but had not recorded a major since winning the NHK Mile with Clarity Sky in 2015.

“I felt she had great potential when I first sat on her in training as a two-year-old,”Yokoyama said.

“She was in great condition coming into this race. She still appears to have a lot more in her and I expect her to be even more powerful in the autumn season.”

The grey filly broke her maiden as a two-year-old in her debut followed by a runner-up effort and was twice second in her first two grade-race starts this year in the G3 Fairy Stakes (1600m) and the G3 Queen Cup (1600m) before the Oka Sho.

Race favorite Karakurenai Horseform under Mirco Demuro was a well beaten 17th.

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113588
R11 TOKYO 7 May 2017
THE NHK MILE CUP 3 , 1600m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
16. AEROLITHE (JPN)
3yo Filly
K TAKE
N YOKOYAMA
55.0
$6.80
 
KUROFUNE (USA) - ASTERIX (JPN)
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd  
14. RIENO TESORO (USA)
3yo Filly
RYO TAKEI
HAYATO YOSHIDA
55.0
$38.50
 
SPEIGHTSTOWN (USA) - AKILINA (USA)
Kenji Ryotokuji
3rd  
6. BOM SERVICO (JPN)
3yo Colt
Manabu Ikezoe
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
57.0
$15.40
 
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - BAIMOYURI (JPN)
 Nagoya Yuho
4th  15. RED EN CIEL (JPN)
3yo Colt
Y SHONO
Y FUKUNAGA
57.0
$15.50
5th  11. ALL THE GO (JPN)
3yo Colt
Y YAHAGI
H UCHIDA
57.0
$58.10
6th  8. TIME TRIP (JPN)
3yo Colt
M KIKUKAWA
K TOSAKI
57.0
$20.70
7th  12. MI SUERTE (JPN)
3yo Filly
Y IKEE
Y KAWADA
55.0
$13.20
8th  13. TRUST (JPN)
3yo Colt
H NAKAMURA
DAICHI SHIBATA
57.0
$78.40
9th  1. MONDE CAN KNOW (JPN)
3yo Colt
TAKAYUKI YASUDA
C P LEMAIRE
57.0
$7.30
10th  10. DIVINE CODE (JPN)
3yo Colt
H KURITA
Y SHIBATA
57.0
$23.60
11th  5. PLATINA VOICE (JPN)
3yo Colt
I SAMESHIMA
YUKITO ISHIKAWA
57.0
$16.20
12th  7. JO STRICTLY (JPN)
3yo Colt
H SHIMIZU
YUTAKA TAKE
57.0
$18.10
13th  3. OUTLIERS (JPN)
3yo Colt
S KOJIMA
HIRONOBU TANABE
57.0
$8.70
14th  2. KYOHEI (JPN)
3yo Colt
H MIYAMOTO
R TAKAKURA
57.0
$39.20
15th  9. TAISEI STARRY (JPN)
3yo Colt
Y YAHAGI
H KITAMURA
57.0
$39.50
16th  17. KNIGHT BANNERET (JPN)
3yo Colt
Y YAHAGI
Y FUJIOKA
57.0
$101.90
17th  4. KARAKURENAI (JPN)
3yo Filly
TAKESHI MATSUSHITA
M DEMURO
55.0
$6.00
18th  18. GUN SALUTE (JPN)
3yo Colt
TAKAYUKI YASUDA
K IKEZOE
57.0
$30.20


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