Height: 167cm Weight: 52kg
Born: Tokyo, Japan
A chance outing with his father to the Tokyo Racecourse at the age of eight sparked Nozi Tomizawa’s lifelong passion for horse racing. Unable to meet Japan’s extreme jockey academy requirements, Nozi remained undeterred and at the age of 16 moved to Australia to forge his jockey career.
Nozi spent 18 months training in Brisbane before his jockey apprenticeship with Trainer Tony Sears gained him vast experience on Queensland’s many race courses. Remarkably, he rode more than 100 winners in the first two years of his apprenticeship.
Nozi consolidated his training by serving apprenticeship with both Champion Jockey and Master Trainer Ron Quinton in Sydney and Veteran Beach Trainer Len Smith in Adelaide. This has given him solid experience on many New South Wales and South Australian race tracks. Quinton describes Nozi as dedicated, hard working and particularly well-known for his patience and perseverance.
During the past 15 years, Nozi has added international credits to his repertoire with multiple riding contracts in Japan, Korea and Macau greatly developing his skills and confidence. His work and contacts in Japan especially have maximised his knowledge of breeding and training methods which will no doubt help future trainers and owners create optimal success for their horses both on the Australian and international racing scenes.
A seasoned and adventurous jockey, Nozi has ridden more than 70 race courses in five different countries. His continued passion for his career keeps him flexible and adventurous. He is ready and willing to ride overseas or on the other side of the continent at short notice, and has the character and experience to easily adapt to new environments and race tracks – a talent envied by many. Nozi is now striving towards becoming a Group 1 jockey and claiming major metropolitan wins.