Kizuna has been a dominant force for horses winning on dirt and turf, and now looks set to beat his best year so far, which was 2022, when he had 131 winners. Shadai Stallion Station hopes the 2013 Derby winner can continue his successful career for a good while yet.
It was jockey Bauyrzhan Murzabayev who was incidental in helping fellow jockey Ryoya Kozaki arrange a trip to Germany to gain experience overseas. Kozaki arrived in July at the stable of trainer Peter Schiergen, famous in Japan for sending his star filly Danedream to run in the 2011 Japan Cup.
Keen to see how things work in a different racing environment the youngster put in long hours to take care of and prepare five horses a day, and found the time spent there extremely valuable.
“I went to many racetracks I’d never been to and learned many new things about horses and horse racing. I want to put that experience to good use in Japan,” Kozaki said of his stint in Germany.
He had twelve rides during the three months he was there and managed to ride one winner before returning to Japan just recently. He resumed riding last weekend with two rides at Kyoto and one at Niigata. His efforts yielded a best-placed sixth, but future winners shouldn’t be too far off.
Autumn Tenno Sho
Another clash of the titans is on the cards this coming weekend when Equinox once again puts his world’s best racehorse title on the line in the G1 Autumn Tenno Sho run over 2000 metres at Tokyo. With only 13 horses nominated, the field might be a bit smaller than usual for a Japanese Group 1, but it oozes talent and it will be interesting to see how the champ disposes of his rivals this time.
As always, there’s no such thing as a certainty in racing, and the likes of Do Deuce (a conqueror of Equinox in the 2022 Derby), Prognosis and Justin Palace will be trying their best to upset the apple cart.