Cross, Mizobe set bar very high
WHILE a lot of people wind down over the Christmas and New Year break, the racing circuit has picked up, ensuring the Gill stable is not taking it easy.
Jockey Desiree Gill said she and her husband Barry had been travelling all over the region attending race meets.
“We’ve been everywhere,” she said. “The racing schedule gets busy this time of year – it’s probably our busiest time of the year.”
And while it’s been a hectic time, the results are more than making the effort worthwhile.
Apprentice jockeys Kayla Cross and Kazuki Mizobe have been guiding home many winners for the Gill stable.
“They’re doing extremely well, so the results are a great reward for their efforts,” Desiree said.
Cross has just been officially signed on a permanent basis to stay in Gympie after moving to the region from New South Wales late last year.
“There are so many more opportunities for Kayla up here, so it’s exciting she’s here to stay,” Desiree said.
Mizobe, meanwhile, is about to head back to Japan to see his family for a week, but not first without travelling to Caloundra today for another tilt at glory.
Desiree said Mizobe would be taking back racing footage for his family, while also celebrating his 20th birthday.
“He’s excited about going back and telling them how he is going,” she said.
Mizobe became interested in horse racing at a 16-year-old living Japan after playing, of all things, a racing computer game.
With opportunities severely limited in Japan, the apprentice jockey jumped on the internet, eventually leading him to Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.
“It just shows how much determination he has,” Desiree said.
“And also the support of his family as well because the initial cost of getting started was between $30,000 and $40,000.”
Mizobe has found the culture in Australia very different to his own, but is slowly adjusting to the new way of life.
“We sometimes have to explain things to him because Australians have a certain way about them,” Desiree said.
“But he’s learning and achieving great things.”
The Gill stable will be in action this weekend, attending a meet in Nanango on Saturday and Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
The next Gympie race meet will take place in March, with more details closer to the date.