Christophe Lemaire guided the Kitasan Black-sired Equinox from 10th place late in the race to the front of the pack, earning his 42nd JRA Grade One...
The 2021 Tokyo Yushun winner competed in big races in the United Arab Emirates and England in March and June, respectively, before returning home.
The Deep Impact-sired colt faded from second place at the race’s midway point in the Royal Ascot meet.
After a pair of Breeders’ Cup wins in 2021, there have been increased expectations for big results from Japan-bred thoroughbreds competing in major international events.
“As the level of Japanese racehorses has increased over the years, I’ve been really proud to showcase it on the global stage,” trainer Yoshito Yahagi said.
With Yuichi Fukunaga controlling the reins, the Deep Impact-sired brown colt rides off into retirement with a high-profile victory in his final race.
The Japanese Derby winner will be racing against Contrail, Wagnerian and Makahiki, making the race a unique event featuring four Derby winners from four different generations.
It was jockey Yuichi Fukunaga’s third Japanese Derby victory. Shahryar became the seventh Deep Impact-sired thoroughbred to win the Tokyo Yushun.