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Mitsuru Hashida

  • 2019 Series win-2nd-3rd - -
  • 2019 Total prize money £

Son of a former jockey and trainer, Mitsuri Hashida had a short career as an apprentice rider before setting his sights on becoming a trainer.
Granted his first training license on March 1, 1983, having spent five years as an assistant trainer.
He enjoyed his first Grade 1 success in 1990 courtesy of Passing Shot in the Mile Championship.
Other top-level performers for him have included 1999 Japanese Derby victor Admire Vega and dual Grade 1 heroine Admire Groove, the dam of dual Classic winner Duramente.
Hashida’s best season numerically came in 1995 when he sent out 34 winners.
He registered his 700th JRA winner at Hakodate Racecourse on June 23 in 2019.
Deirdre was his first British runner when sixth behind Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
On quicker ground, she showed her true colours when landing the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The mare is owned by Mr Toji Morita, who owns a family business in Osaka, Japan.
His Racing Manager Seiko Hashida Yoshimura, who is also the daughter of  Hashida, was thrilled by Deirdre’s success.
She said: “That was a special performance from Deirdre. It is fantastic to have a winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. This is very important not only for us, but also for the whole of Japan to come over to Britain and have a big-race winner.
“Today’s victory is important for Japan because it showed that it is not just possible to come here and compete, but that it is also possible to win. Hopefully, we can have a good influence on Japanese racing with this win.
“It was a very big challenge to come here. We have been in Britain for three months with Deirdre and we are so pleased that we kept believing in her. We had a lot of support and this has made this victory possible.
“We were just hoping for the best for her today. It was a gloriously sunny day at Glorious Goodwood and everything just fell right for her. Goodwood is a beautiful racecourse. It is very different to Japanese racecourses which are usually oval-shaped. We were sure that she would like this track and it worked out very well. The quicker ground was another important factor for her today and it is very special to win a G1 event in Britain.
“We could see at Royal Ascot that she was trying very hard. There was heavy rain there and that did not help her chances.
“A lot of credit has to go to Oisin Murphy. We did not give him any instructions and just decided to let him ride the horse in the way he felt right. He is a brilliant jockey.
“We have not yet decided if Deirdre will return to Japan or whether she will stay over here. We will make that decision in the coming days when we sit down and have a chat about what we should do next. She could possibly stay in Europe.
“Deirdre is a daughter of Harbinger [2010 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes winner] so that is one of the reasons we came over here. After Royal Ascot, we stayed in Newmarket, and thanks goes to Jane Chapple-Hyam. We had very good surroundings and we trained very well coming here. Hopefully, everybody at home [in Japan] was watching.”