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(10th Jan 17)


2016 JRA Awards are announced by Japan Racing Association(JRA) on January 10th and two graduates of JRHA are named as Japanese Champion in 2016.
Satono Diamond, who won G1/Arima Kinen, the year-end Championship race in Japan on Christmas Day, in addition to G1/Kikka Sho, the final leg of Triple Crown for three-year-old in Japan, is awarded as Champion Three-Year-old colt.
Satono Diamond, first foal out of Malpensa, multiple G1 winner at Argentine, is bred by Northern Farm and offered at the foal session of JRHA Select sale in 2013. The colt by Deep Impact was bought by Hajime Satomi for 230,000,000yen, US$2.254,902 at the exchange rate on the sales day, the second highest price at the session. Trained by Yasutoshi Ikee at Ritto Training Center, Satono Diamond has won six races, including four Graded Stakes, from eight starts so far and earned 674,960,000yen, nearly three times of his own price at the sale. Satono Diamond is kept in training in 2017 and the connection plans the campaign in Europe during the second half of the year.
And the title of Japanese Champion Sprinter in 2016 goes to Mikki Isle, winner of G1/Mile Championship in November at Kyoto.
The five-year-old horse by Deep Impact, trained by Hidetaka Otonashi, won G3/Hankyu Hai in February as well, and finished second both in G1/Takamatsunomiya Kinen in March and G1/Sprinters Stakes in October.
Mikki Isle, bred by Northern Farm, was offered at the yearling session of JRHA Select Sale in 2012 and bought by Mizuki Noda for 76,000,000yen, US$938,272 at the exchange rate on the sales day. The versatile Mikki Isle has won sox Graded Stakes, from 1,200m to 1,600m, and earned 529,481,000yen, nearly seven times of his own price at the sale. Mikki Isle is kept in training in 2017, to seek another success in sprint and mile division.