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

Races / 18.06.2022


FALL In Love, a first for Hiroo Shimizu

On Sunday, Hiroo Shimizu presented Fall In Love of Diana. A first for the Japanese from the Chemin des Aigles. On the eve of the big event, he opened the doors of his stable to us.

Hiroo Shimizu has his first starters in 2018. But this is the year 2022 which is the best since his debut, with 17.5% of winners per starter in France. Even better, in the month of January, Pevensey Bay (Footstepsinthesand) won Cape Verdi (Gr2) at Meydan. His second Group, but first at the Gr2 level. Sunday, FALL In Love (Sea the Stars) was her first runner with Diane, who was training and less than three miles from the racecourse. She was one of six non-black type fillies on the lot. And with 15 on the ropes, his teacher knows full well that he will be a great outsider. It’s up to his jockey Takuya Ono to invent something! Hiroo Shimizu explains: “I know very little of him. He was “taught” by Davy Bonilla and that’s a good thing. We went on the Chantilly track together and Davy gave her valuable advice… ” With the help of Satoshi Kobayashi and Patrick Barbe, Hiroo Shimizu arrived in France. He worked with Fabrice Chappet, John Hammond, Pascal Bary, Éric Libaud… “I learned slowly to find my way to teach. You need to create a daily routine. Since 2017, I have gained experience and insight. Now, I can work on a case-by-case basis. When viewed from the outside, one might think that some commitments are bold. But what guided me was what the horse showed in the morning. endorphin (Muhtathir), who won the second event at 35.5 on Aug. 25, was defeated by the smallest on Denisy Prize (L) fifteen days later. If we just look at his performances, it’s really daring. But we tried that, because in training, he showed something… ”

A sportsman’s filly

The owner of Fall In Love, Shigeo Nomura (3S Racehorse Management AG) has invested in France because he wants to have runners in the best races, which are especially difficult in Japan. That is why his regular presence in the Groups, sometimes in a somewhat daring way, but with a definite success. Aesop (Galiway), bought € 50,000 to acquire, then leader of Crisis in mid -life (Wootton Bassett) for part of his 3-year-old season, eventually running on his own. And he won the Prix de Lutèce (Gr3), when he was one of the fewest playing horses. It was a first Group -level achievement for Shigeo Nomura, a former construction entrepreneur, who has long had horses in Japan. By choosing to run in France, where horses are cheaper than the land of the Rising Sun, he didn’t take half a step. Fall In Love costs at least € 450,000 from Arqana and he’s not the only one in his five years. The filly is not tall, but Hiroo Shimizu explains: “He really has a remarkable movement. So does his pedigree.» His sister, aunt-pearl (Lope de Vega), won the Breeders ’Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Gr1). And he left to join Masahiro Miki’s broodmare in Japan after he signed a $ 3 million bond with Fasig Tipton. However, for his part, Shigeo Nomura is not a “crazy pedigree”. He was a man who loved good sport. In simple… Hiroo Shimizu continued: “You have to adapt to what the owner wants, customer satisfaction is a priority. Everyone has different expectations. For example, Julia and Jonathan Aisbitt, the owners of Pevensey Bay are people who are not afraid to wait and do things step by step.I already have Japanese customers.But I know I really have to aspire to be more in Japan and I haven’t done enough yet.But I trained in France and I am also happy to welcome clients in France. » Regarding his Japanese owners, he continues: “In Japan, the allowance is higher. But they were attracted to the prestige of major European races. Those who have tried the adventure therefore crave things that the Japanese program does not offer them. »

A French horse training

Hiroo Shimizu does not come from a rural family or one with a stand in the career world. And it was at university, where he took an agricultural course, that he learned to ride a horse. This is not surprising because in Japan, horses are rare. Six per 10,000 inhabitants! This is small compared to the 150/10,000 ratio in France. Or the 300/10,000 in Ireland. That is why in France Hiroo Shimizu learned so much about horses and racing. He explains: “Japan has an exceptional breeding quality. Probably even the best in the world. But there is no popular horse culture. And it sometimes has consequences at the level of people working in the sector. Things are improving. slowly, it will come but it will be very beneficial to gain experience abroad in countries with stronger horse culture.You will learn a lot this way and it will lead to better results. From my cohHowever, I always have the support of my family in my equestrian project. In France, it is easier to get a teaching license. 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 a young person to live, one must retire. Similarly in Japan, there are two training centers and the number of boxes is fixed. Every coach has Therefore maximum number of horses. »

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