Impressive first JRA winner for Yoshida

Dual Wielder strikes at Nakayama

Yoshida, who is standing in Japan for the first time in 2024, recorded his first JRA winner on Saturday 2, March when his son Dual Wielder struck at Nakayama. Making his second career start after an excellent debut third at Tokyo, he strode away from 17 rivals over the 2200m trip to record a five-length victory.

Bred by Shadai, he is the fourth winner, from four foals to race, out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Dance With Kitten, who is a full-sister to multiple G1 winner Divisidero.

Yoshida is standing at a fee of 1.5 million yen and was the first Japanese-bred colt to win a US Dirt G1. A son of Heart’s Cry, he was equally adept on turf when winning the G1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. Retired to stud in 2020, he has 21 winners in his first crop including Graded performer Yatta and the Listed-placed Okiro.