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Champion Mikki Isle to Join Arrowfield Roster
Arrowfield has announced that Japan's Champion Sprinter & Miler of 2016 Mikki Isle will join its roster for the 2017 season. The handsome son of Japanese supersire Deep Impact won eight races, including two 1600m Gr1 events, for more than $A6 million prize money. Mikki Isle fulfilled the promise of his juvenile season establishing himself as Japan's top-rated 3YO miler with victory in the Gr1 Tokyo NHK Mile Cup in a brilliantly fast time of 1:33.2. Mikki Isle's subsequent performances confirmed the quality of his speed. He was placed in consecutive runnings of the Gr1 Chukyo Takamatsunomiya Kinen, and was second in last year's Gr1 Nakayama Sprinters Stakes – all over 1200m. He then sealed his championship honours with a defiant, all-the-way victory in last November's Gr1 Kyoto Mile Championship. Bred by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, Mikki Isle is out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Star Isle, a grand-daughter of three-time US Gr1 juvenile winner Stella Madrid, who defeated champion filly Go For Wand in the Gr1 Frizette Stakes at Blemont. Now serving his first book of mares at Shadai Stallion Station, Mikki Isle will join Real Impact, also a dual Gr1-winning son of Deep Impact, on this year's shuttle run to Arrowfield, which has acquired an interest in both horses. Arrowfield will announce its 2017 stallion service fees after the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.