Surging Past Wilson Tesoro, Horse Racing Champ Secures ‘Back to Back’ Victory in G1 Tokyo Daishoten

Published 12/29/2023, 6:29 AM EST

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Among the different national bodies governing Thoroughbred racing, the Japanese horse racing community is the reigning monarch. Having said so, several Japanese Thoroughbred racehorses have etched their names in history, the leading stallion being Equinox. Though he has been retired to the homely stud life, his fellow active equines are bringing a good name to the nation.

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Ushba Tesoro, the six-year-old racehorse, has had two consecutive phenomenal years, 2022 and 2023. In 2022, he finished his first dirt race in a victory at the Yokohama Stakes (dirt 2100m), after a wobbly year commencement. Since that win last year, his triumphs kept coming. In the same vein, his recent victory in the most recognized dirt tracks witnessed the best of his ability.

 Splendid Ushba Tesoro’s Daishoten win unfurled

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According to World Horse Racing’s Instagram post, Ushba Tesoro stands atop with his second consecutive G1 Tokyo Daishoten win at Ohi Racecourse. The caption of the post reads, “BACK-TO-BACK! Dubai World Cup winner USHBA TESORO flies from well back to nab WILSON TESORO in the final strides of the G1 Tokyo Daishoten to win the race for the second year in a row!”

On the National Association of Racing circuit, Daishoten is the sole pattern race of any variety. Its X Factor/novelty is crucial for the jockeys to manoeuver and make sinews accordingly. Dubai World Cup. But defeating Kitasan Black sired Wilson Tesoro in the last leg came as a boon to him. Mainly because the 7x G1 race winner had also sired the Japanese champ, Equinox. On the same ground, in 2022, Ushba Tesoro had secured a victory in the same event. Undoubtedly, that event catapulted him to succeed in the Dubai World Cup.

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Now, as the Meydan Racecourse may have its winner return to defend the World Cup title for the second time, let’s have a rundown at the last year’s event.

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Ushba Tesoro’s Dubai World Cup win

Making history at one of the world’s leading Thoroughbred horse races is any equine’s dream. Likely, it was Ushba Tesoro and his equestrian village’s dream as well, until he blazed through and clinched victory. Down the last stretch, the fancy race favourite, Ireland’s Algiers, beheld his rival moving past him. The Noboru Takagi trained and Yuga Kawada ridden horse was truly phenomenal.

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His jockey Kawada had stated out of ecstasy, He jumped quite well but the majority of the other Japanese runners ran towards the middle of the pack. I just tried to focus on maintaining the horse’s rhythm and just to keep his rhythm from the middle of the pack.” He further accoladed himself for being the leading Japanese jockey in the $12 million race win. The equestrian eyes are now hopeful for the 2024 Dubai World Cup.

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Written by:

Agnijeeta Majumder

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With a passion for sports and an active lifestyle, I delved into the world of journalism and here I am creating insights on various avenues of the sporting realm. In my school years, I could often be found loitering about with a throw ball in hand or maybe engaging in a tough bout. My active participation in both traditional sports and hiking escapades has considerably shaped my mind and its thoughts.
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Himanshu Sridhar

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