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Career in Profile

Nishiazabu by Ice Point from Hello Doctor was bred by Bob Jemison for Mark and Jodie Hall (Bob Jemison joined the Halls as joint owners) he was foaled in Kilmore in late September 2008 and has been with his current owners when not at the racing stables since he was a weanling.   Nishiazabu was named by the Hall’s son after a suburb in Tokyo where the family once lived.

Nishiazabu started trialling as an autumn 2yo from the Mornington stable of Neil Walsh and after 2 further trials as a spring 3yo and one in the autumn he made his debut with a 4th of 12 in a Maiden over 1500m at Mornington.  Two further unplaced runs and he was spelled and when Mark and Jodie Hall moved back to Adelaide they brought NIshiazabu with them and sent him to Kevin & Heather Frew in South Australia to continue racing.  After two runs over the shorter distances he was placed over 2050 at Strathalbyn in December 2012 before winning at the Oakbank Christmas meeting in a Maiden over 2150m.  Three unplaced runs and a spell followed.

As a spring 5yo he showed ability over the longer distances with placings over 2050 at Strathalbyn and 2200 at Murray Bridge and Balaklava later followed by a third at Mornington over 2400m and a third at Oakbank at the Christmas meeting over 2150m.  Given a let up Nishiazabu’s preparation for his jumping career began as an autumn 5yo with placings at Strathalbyn and Balaklava before winning over 2100m at Gawler in heavy conditions in April 2014.  He was then second in a Hurdle trial at Oakbank in the lead up to Easter before winning the 3600m flat race at Oakbank at that time noted as the longest flat race in Australia.  Three weeks later he was second in another Hurdle trial at Oakbank before running third in the 2400m Mount Gambier Cup.  Unplaced at Morphettville he then made his Hurdle debut finishing midfield at Morphettville behind Urban Explorer.  He was again unplaced at his next Hurdle start at Morphettville behind Thubiaan and Urban Explorer (both also later multiple feature jumps race winners) before a spell.

Returning as a 6yo he had a light 5 run prep before a freshen up to prepare for his second jumps season.  Nishiazabu was third in an Oakbank trial then third in the Thomas Foods Steeplechase at Oakbank before a third in a trial at Oakbank and then fourth in the 2015 Von Doussa Steeplechase behind Thubiaan, Lord of the Song and Jervois.  Two days later he was third in the Great Eastern Steeplechase behind Lord of the Song and Palemo and was becoming well known for his dashing front running efforts.  Nishazabu then went to the Warrnambool carnival in early May where he fell in the Brierly Steeplechase before a 6th place in the Grand Annual Steeplechase.  A freshen up before two flat and two steeplechase runs all unplaced followed before a spell.

Nishiazabu resumed over the summer with two flat runs before winning over 2100m at Gawler (where he settled in fourth early before making a run around the home turn and eventually wearing down leader Gangster’s Run to win narrowly), a third over 2050m at Strathalbyn and a second in the Highweight over 3000m at Warrnambool.  Then it was back to Oakbank where he won a Steeple trial before winning the Thomas Foods Steeplechase.  Nishiazabu went to a clear lead before the first leading Mannertone.  Going strongly Nishiazabu held the lead after the first lap ahead of Mannertone then King Triton then Spying on You.  Over the fallen log he dashed well clear of Mannertone as the field tried to give chase.  But Nishiazabu was in full flight and sailed over the last two fences and then sprinted down the long straight to the line passing the post a mile ahead of the rest.   He then returned to Oakbank two weeks later for the 2016 Von Doussa Steeplechase where he went straight to the lead from Spying on You then Thubiaan in the big field.  At the end of the first lap he lead well from Thubiaan then Spying on You.  Little changed until Spying on You threw out a challenge to Nishiazabu over the last two fences and joining him on the home turn for the long run down the straight.  Again Nishiazabu showed a turn of foot on the flat and dashed away to win by several lengths from Thubiaan who finished on late with Lord of the Song third.

Two days later Thubiaan was too strong over the longer trip in the Great Eastern Steeplechase with Lord of the Song third.  Freshened Nishiazabu then went to the SA Grand National Steeplechase at Morphettville where he led on settling from King Triton then Zataglio followed by Spying on You.  Around the 1000m mark King Triton tried to go up and challenge NIshiazabu but by the 600m his challenge was over has Nishiazabu started his run for home as King Triton started to drop out.  Into the straight and Nishiazabu put in bis sprint for home as Zataglio then Spying on you tried to give chase but again he was too speedy as he jumped the last two fences faultlessly winning his second feature race for the season.  It was then a second in the Thackeray Steeplechase at Warrnambool in July and a fifth to the champion jumper Wells in the Australian Grand National Steeplechase at Ballarat finished his season.  Nishiazabu was recognised on a national level at the end of the season being one of the shortlisted nominees for the 2016 Australian Jumper of the Year.

Back for the 2017 jumps season Nishiazabu had several flat runs before a second in an Oakbank steeple trial then went to the Thomas Foods Steeplechase again  where as usual he went straight to the lead from Spying on You and Honey Steels Gold.  In the home straight the first time on the long run between jumps Spying on You took over the front running from Nishiazabu but by the second jump on the second lap Nishiazabu was moving forward again and took a clear lead as they turned to head up to the fallen log.  Honey Steel’s Gold tried to challenge as they turned for the final two jumps but became unbalanced and made a mistake as Nishiazabu started his sprint and flew over the final two fences turning for home well clear of the field.  Again Nishiazabu had too much speed on the flat racing away to win from I’ll’ava’alf and Spying on You.  Another second in a Oakbank steeple trial and he then went to Oakbank Easter running third to Zed Em and Lord of the Song in the Von Doussa and 5th in the Great Eastern Steeplechase behind Spying on You.  Nishiazabu then went to Warrnambool where he was midfield in the Brierly behind Zed Em’ and Now and Zen.  A let up followed before he went to Warrnambool for a third in the Thackeray Steeplechase again behind Zed Em before being retired from the race in the Mosstrooper Steeplechase at Bendigo.  He was soon spelled to prepare for the 2018 jumps season.

Now 9yo Nishiazabu was second first up over 1200m at Murray Bridge in December where he dropped out to a long last early.  Around the turn he was still several lengths off last from the closely packed field and he was then hampered when a runner lost his rider ahead of him.  In the final 100m Nishiazabu started to charge down the outside to grab second right on the line.  He then had several unplaced flat runs in the lead up to the Oakbank ‘Gourmet Gallop’ meeting where the Von Doussa had now been moved to be the feature race.  In the Von Doussa Steeplechase Nishiazabu took up his customary lead role from the start leaping magnificently over the first fence and continued in front for the first lap before Zed Em took over in the straight the first time with Nishiazabu just behind in second going well.  After coming down the hill towards the last two fences Nishiazabu lost ground and became unbalanced into the second last fence where he fell.  Both horse and jockey were fine and Nishiazabu was soon floated back to the mounting yard where he walked off the float like a rockstar.  Within two days although Nishiazabu was fine and could have continued on to the Great Eastern connections decided it was in his best interests instead to be retired to his owners property at Cherry Gardens near Adelaide.

Nishiazabu had become a cult hero in jumping in South Australia particularly at Oakbank where he has raced at the Easter Carnival for the past four years with his dashing displays in front.  In 2018 he is invited to lead the field out for the Great Eastern Steeple and his owners have made him available for pats and photos from his fans while at the stalls pre and post race.

He retires with a record of 90 starts for 8 wins and 19 placings including a jumps record of 23 starts 4 wins and 6 placings.



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