Curtain Closes On Kuro's Outstanding Career

It’s been an emotional week for the team with the announcement that Kuro has been retired after an outstanding 4.5-year career. The decision was made by his ownership group following an unfortunate bleed during trackwork on Tuesday morning. The 7YO son of Denman has been a real flag bearer for Champion over the past few years, entering the winners circle on 8 occasions, placing 11 times and earning his connections over $700,000 in prize money.

Our journey with Kuro began at the 2013 NZB Premier Sale in January when Director Jason Abrahams was drawn to the all-black yearling colt from the Curraghmore Stud Draft who had an incredible action and was one of the best physicals on the sale complex. “I couldn’t leave the sale without him, there was just something special about him which is probably why we had to pay $170,000 in the ring which was pretty expensive for a son of Denman.” Recalls Jason

Soon after, Kuro arrived in Australia and was syndicated to a group of 13 people, including his breeder, Nearco Stud who retained a share.

Kuro pictured as a yearling
Kuro pictured as a yearling

He made his anticipated debut in March 2014 as a 2YO at Hawkesbury over 1000m for John O’Shea and James McDonald, giving his owners a fairy-tale start when he defeated his rivals by 1.5L in an impressive display. Race caller Matt Hill summed it up over the concluding stages of the race “This is a smart horse, Kuro comes away and bolts in- that’s soft”.

The following preparation saw Kuro stamp himself as one of the most exciting up and coming 3YO sprinters of the season. He was transferred to Joe Pride at Warwick Farm after John departed to Godolphin as head trainer in August 2014. He had 5 starts that prep for 4 wins, including his first stakes win in the Heritage Stakes at Randwick over 1100m with Blake Shinn in the saddle, defeating Echo Gal and Klammer but perhaps the biggest thrill that prep was his 3rd placing in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington behind Brazen Beau and Delectation.

The following preparation Kuro went on to contest in his second Group 1- the Galaxy, carrying just 52kg’s he finished a gallant 2nd behind Sweet Idea, defeating the likes of Miracles of Life, Fast ‘n’ Rocking, Rubick and Deep Field. Kuro was in career best form and went on to win the Listed Mick Dittman Stakes at Doomben later that prep.

Kuro then went to Melbourne for a prep under the care of Lee & Anthony Freedman before returning to Joe Pride in early 2016, this time as a gelding. Since then he won two stakes races and placed on 5 more occasions. He finished his career at Randwick where it all began for him as a yearling with John O’Shea.

It was a sad occasion watching him walk out of the gates at Randwick for the vey last time, he was farewelled with many hugs and pats from his adoring riders and strappers in the yard and in true Kuro style, he wasn’t too fussed with all of the attention. Like racing, we’re sure he is going to excel at whatever he does next!


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