Four-Year-Old Sodashi Defeats Strong Field in This Year’s Victoria Mile

Sodashi wins this year’s Victoria Mile at Tokyo.

SODASHI winning the Victoria Mile at tokyo in Japan.
SODASHI winning the Victoria Mile at tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Fourth favorite Sodashi claimed this year's Victoria Mile to register her third G1 title following the 2020 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and the 2021 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas). The 2021 Best Three-Year-Old Filly, who came off a third in her second dirt start, the February Stakes (G1, dirt, 1,600m), has claimed all her four starts on turf over a mile distance. This marked trainer Naosuke Sugai's 14th JRA-G1 title following the Oka Sho victory with this filly, and the second Victoria Mile title following his win with Admire Lead in 2017. Jockey Hayato Yoshida landed his fifth JRA-G1 title following his Osaka Hai victory with Potager last month.

Breaking sharply from stall five, four-year-old Sodashi traveled by the rails in fourth and steered slightly to the outside entering the lane to make bid. The Kurofune filly broke loose from the pack passing the 200-meter pole, promptly overtook the frontrunner and pulled away with an impressive late drive for a two-length victory.

"The filly was relaxed and in good condition when I rode her in the post parade. Once she entered the gate, she was focused and was able to make a good break and I was able to ride her in good rhythm while holding down her pace. She responded well at the stretch and when I urged her to go. As today's race included a very strong field, it was like a dream for a white horse to be able to win a G1 race at Tokyo Racecourse," commented Hayato Yoshida.

Third choice Fine Rouge sat three-wide in around sixth and while struggling to find a clear path at the early stretch, showed a persistent turn of foot to close in on the winner, passing her rivals one by one. Though unable to catch up with Sodashi, the Kizuna filly won out a four-horse rally to secure a runner-up seat by a neck.

Sixth pick Resistencia rallied to take the lead but eased back to second to let Rosa Noir set the pace. Angling out slightly entering the stretch, the Daiwa Major mare ran strongly to nose out the tenacious pacesetter just before the wire but was outrun by fast-closing Fine Rouge to finish third.

Race favorite Lei Papale broke smoothly and settled third from the front. Though entering the homestretch in good striking position, the Deep Impact mare was unable to show her usual late kick and faded to 12th.

Other Horses:

4th: (10) Rosa Noir—set pace, showed tenacity after surrendering lead, weakened in final strides
5th: (2) Songline—sat around 9th, accelerated but had too much ground to make up
6th: (1) Daring Tact—hugged rails around 6th behind winner, showed effort but lacked another
            gear
7th: (9) Ablaze—positioned around 15th, timed tied fastest over last 3 furlongs, never threatened
8th: (14) Akai Ito—traveled 3-wide in 14th, passed tiring rivals at stretch
9th: (17) Shadow Diva—unhurried around 15h, turned wide, launched belated charge
10th: (12) Miss New York—ran in 11th, circled wide, responded until 100m out
11th: (6) Divina—settled around 8th behind winner, showed brief effort
13th: (18) Terzetto—trailed in rear, showed fastest late drive, belatedly
14th: (15) Andvaranaut—sat 4-wide around 8-9th, lacked needed kick
15th: (16) Des Ailes—raced 3-wide around 12th, failed to respond
16th: (8) Kurino Premium—traveled in 5th near winner, outrun at stretch
17th: (4) Magic Castle—took economic trip around 12th, showed nothing at stretch
18th: (3) Meisho Mimosa—saved ground around 15th, never fired at stretch


Japan Racing Association



Tokyo

Sunday, 15th May 2022

11
15:40
(local)

THE VICTORIA MILE (G1)

Age: 4yo and up Sex: FM Type: OPEN
JPY ¥253,400,000
1600m TURF GOOD
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥253,400,000
1600m GOOD

THE VICTORIA MILE (G1)

Age: 4yo and up Sex: FM Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. SODASHI (JPN) 4yo F
KUROFUNE (USA) - BUCHIKO (JPN)
HAYATO YOSHIDA
N SUGAI
$5.70
55.0kg
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd.
2nd 11. FINE ROUGE (JPN) 4yo F
KIZUNA (JPN) - PASSION ROUGE (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$5.40
55.0kg
3rd 7. RESISTENCIA (JPN) 5yo M
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - MALACOSTUMBRADA (ARG)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
TAKESHI MATSUSHITA
$12.80
55.0kg
Carrot Farm Co. Ltd.
4th 10. ROSA NOIR (JPN) 6yo M
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - DANON SUZURAN (JPN)
KATSUHARU TANAKA
M NISHIZONO
$194.80
55.0kg
5th 2. SONGLINE (JPN) 4yo F
KIZUNA (JPN) - LUMINOUS PARADE (JPN)
K IKEZOE
TORU HAYASHI
$5.40
55.0kg
6th 1. DARING TACT (JPN) 5yo M
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - DARING BIRD (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
HARUKI SUGIYAMA
$8.40
55.0kg
7th 9. ABLAZE (JPN) 5yo M
KIZUNA (JPN) - ETAIN (JPN)
AKIRA SUGAWARA
Y IKEE
$154.10
55.0kg
8th 14. AKAI ITO (JPN) 5yo M
KIZUNA (JPN) - WADJET (JPN)
H MIYUKI
K NAKATAKE
$41.80
55.0kg
9th 17. SHADOW DIVA (JPN) 6yo M
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - DIAMOND DIVA (GB)
RYUSEI SAKAI
M SAITO
$89.90
55.0kg
10th 12. MISS NEW YORK (JPN) 5yo M
KING'S BEST (USA) - MANHATTAN MITO (JPN)
M DEMURO
HARUKI SUGIYAMA
$65.10
55.0kg
11th 6. DIVINA (JPN) 4yo F
MAURICE (JPN) - VERXINA (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE
Y TOMOMICHI
$53.80
55.0kg
12th 13. LEI PAPALE (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SHELLS LEI (JPN)
Y KAWADA
TOMOKAZU TAKANO
$4.10
55.0kg
13th 18. TERZETTO (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - RADDOLCENDO (JPN)
DAMIAN LANE
SHOICHIRO WADA
$31.70
55.0kg
14th 15. ANDVARANAUT (JPN) 4yo F
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - GULLVEIG (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA
Manabu Ikezoe
$16.40
55.0kg
15th 16. DES AILES (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - AVENIR CERTAIN (FR)
KOUTA FUJIOKA
Y TOMOMICHI
$34.30
55.0kg
16th 8. KURINO PREMIUM (JPN) 5yo M
ORFEVRE (JPN) - DANCING QUEEN (JPN)
MASAMI MATSUOKA
SHINICHI ITO
$72.80
55.0kg
17th 4. MAGIC CASTLE (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SO MAGIC (JPN)
K TOSAKI
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$38.60
55.0kg
18th 3. MEISHO MIMOSA (JPN) 5yo M
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - MEISHO BELUGA (JPN)
KATSUMA SAMESHIMA
KANEO IKEZOE
$34.50
55.0kg