PRIX DE DIANE: Fall In Love, the first for Hiroo Shimizu

Races / June 18, 2022


fall In Love, for the first time for Hiroo Shimizu

On Sunday, Hiroo Shimizu gives autumn gifts In Love in Diana. First time for Japanese from Chemin des Aigles. On the eve of the big event, he opened his barn door for us.

Hiroo Shimizu made his debut in 2018. But it was his best 2022 since his debut, with 17.5% of winners per match in France. Better still, in January, Pevensey Bay (Footstepsinthesand) won Cape Verdi (Gr2) at Meydan. His second group, but the first one at level Gr2. Sunday, fall In love (Sea the Stars) will be his first runner in Diane, where training is less than three kilometers from the racecourse. She is one of six non-black fillings in the batch. And with 15 on the wire, her mentor is well aware that she would be a great outsider. Takuya Ono, his jockey, has invented something! Hiroo Shimizu explains: “I actually know him very little. He was “coached” by Davy Bonilla and that’s a good thing. We walked the Chantilly track together and Davy gave him valuable advice…” With the help of Satoshi Kobayashi and Patrick Barbe, Hiroo Shimizu went to France. Then he worked for Fabrice Chappet, John Hammond, Pascal Bary, Éric Libaud… “I learned little by little to find my way of coaching. You must establish a daily routine. Since 2017, I have gained experience and perspective. Today, I can work on a case-by-case basis. From the outside, one might think that certain commitments are courageous. But what guides me is what the horse does in the morning. endorphins (Muhtathir), the second event winner at 35.5 on August 25, was beaten with a minimum inside Denisy Prize (L) fifteen day after that. If we just look at his performance, it’s really daring. But we tried that, because during practice she showed something…”

A dirty sportsman

Fall In Love owner Shigeo Nomura (3S Racehorse Management AG) invested in France because he wanted people to run in the best races, which are much harder in Japan. Thus, his regular presence in the Groups, sometimes in a slightly bold way, has achieved certain success. Aesop (Galiway), bought 50,000 euros for compensation, then the leader of Crisis between life (Wootton Bassett) for part of his 3-year-old season ended up running on his own. And he won the Prix de Lutèce (Gr3), when he was one of the least played horses. It was the first success at the Group level for Shigeo Nomura, a former construction businessman who has a long history in Japan. By choosing to run in France, where horse prices are much cheaper than in the country of the Rising Sun, he didn’t take half the measure. Fall In Love costs no less than €450,000 from Arqana and isn’t his only five-figure figure. Fat people aren’t tall, but Hiroo Shimizu explains: “She really has exceptional mobility. So is his pedigree. » His sister, co-jewel (Lope de Vega), won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Gr1). And she left to join Masahiro Miki’s foster home in Japan after he signed a $3 million contract with Fasig Tipton. However, for his part, Shigeo Nomura is not a “crazy breed”. He is a man who loves sports. Very simple… Hiroo Shimizu continued: “You have to adapt to what the owner wants, customer satisfaction comes first. Everyone has different expectations. For example, Julia and Jonathan Aisbitt, the owners of Pevensey Bay, are people who don’t mind waiting and taking it one step at a time. I already have Japanese customers. But I’m aware that I should definitely have more prospects in Japan and I haven’t done enough yet. But I train in France and I’m also happy to welcome French clients. » Regarding his Japanese owners, he continued: “In Japan, the allowance is much higher. But they were attracted by the prestige of the great European races. Therefore, adventurers are always hungry for what the Japanese program doesn’t offer them. »

A French horse training

Hiroo Shimizu does not come from a rural family or a family that has a place in the racing world. And it was at the university, where he took a course in agriculture, that he learned to ride a horse. This is not surprising because in Japan, horses are very rare. Six out of 10,000 people! This number is small compared to the 150/10,000 ratio in France. Or 300/10,000 of Ireland. Thus, in France, Hiroo Shimizu learned the most about horses and racing. He explained: “Japan has an outstanding quality livestock production. Maybe even the best in the world. But there is no common horse culture. And this can sometimes have consequences on the level of those working in the field. Things are improving little by little, that will come but it would be helpful to gain experience abroad in countries with older horse cultures. You learn a lot this way and it leads to better results. My c wordOhfalls, I always have the support of my family in my equestrian projects. In France, it’s much easier to get a coach’s degree. Especially since I graduated from one of the best agricultural schools in the country. In Japan, the exam is very difficult and the number of coaches is limited. In order for one young person to settle down, another has to retire. Likewise in Japan, there are two training centers and the number of boxes is therefore fixed. Every coach has So Maximum number of horses. »


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