Yahagi, Yoshito
Age: 61
Yoshito Yahagi grew up at the vicinity of Oi Racecourse in Tokyo, as his father Kazuto is a former trainer and jockey in the regional NAR circuit. Yahagi travelled to Australia to learn the skills of training at Randwick, Flemington and Toowoomba, before coming back to Japan to start his career as a stable assistant in 1984. In 1990, he spent three months working with trainer Geoff Wragg in the UK. Yahagi received his JRA training licence in 2004 and has since become one of the top JRA trainers, having won the JRA Award five times, as the Best Trainer with most races won in 2014, 2016, 2020 and 2021. He has sent out 783 JRA winners (as of 27 November) including 52 this season which places him first in the current 2022 JRA trainer’s standings. Grand Prix Boss gave Yahagi the first of his 19 G1/JPN G1 wins in the 2010 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes. His other notable winners included Deep Brillante (2012 Tokyo Yushun), Real Steel (2016 Dubai Turf), Mozu Ascot (2018 Yasuda Kinen), 2020 Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail, 2019 G1 Cox Plate winner and JRA Horse of the Year Lys Gracieux and Panthalassa (2022 Dubai Turf). In 2021 he made history as the first Japanese trainer to win a race at the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in California as he collected a double with Loves Only You and Marche Lorraine. Loves Only You then went on to win the Hong Kong Cup in the same year.
HKIR wins (1):
Hong Kong Cup (Loves Only You).
Hong Kong wins (as of 27 November):

22/23 Season
Stakes won : - No. of Wins : 0 Total Runners : 1
No. of 2nds : 0 Win % : 0.00%
No. of 3rds : 0
No. of 4ths : 0

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