IKIGAI is a horse by Vercingetorix, out of the Al Mufti mare Al Shiba. He is bred by Klawervlei Stud, and currently in training with Sean Tarry.

Sex: Chestnut Horse
Foaled: 04/08/2016
Sire: Vercingetorix
Mare: Al Shiba (Al Mufti)
Breeder: Klawervlei Stud
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Record: 24-5-5
First run for Hollywood Syndicate: 19/10/2021
Record for Hollywood Syndicate: 8-1-2

UPDATES – Ikigai

May 7th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville in the Grade 2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hill Stakes. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was given a poor ride from Craig Zackey. It’s impossible to expect the horse to run any kind of race after cutting each other’s throats throughout the race.

March 12th, 2022
Raced over 1160m at Turffontein. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel he has lost his speed and needs to go over further. He has lost his form since winning in Durban.

February 8th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Turffontein. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel that he needs a freshen up as he has had three quick runs and he looks a bit tired.

January 15th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Turffontein. Gavin Lerena post-race comment:

December 29th, 2021
Comment from trainer Sean Tarry:
Ikigai had a very good run on Summer Cup Day when inconvenienced and still finishing well. Won a really good race in the Christmas Handicap on Sunday.

December 26th, 2021
260 – IKIGAI wins Race 6 at Hollywoodbets Greyville, the Listed Christmas Stakes over 1600m. It is a feature race victory for the Syndicate. He is trained by Gauteng based Sean Tarry and was given a confident ride by Gavin Lerena. Well done to the breeders Klawervlei Stud.

November 30th, 2021
Raced in the Grade 3 WSB Merchants over 1160m at Turffontein. Sean Tarry post-race comment: It was a pleasing run. I felt that his undoing was that he stood so long in the starting stalls and he didn’t ping the gates. I am happy with him and was happy with his run.

October 30th, 2021
Raced in the Grade 2 Allied Steelrode – Onamissionmile over 1600m at Turffontein. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He overcame a poor draw well, but was keen without cover. He is a horse that needs a good draw so that he can get cover and relax. He will then give you a better performance.

October 19th, 2021
He ran a very good race when finishing third over 1200m at the Vaal. He raced from just off the pace and stayed on strongly all the way to the line. He will be aimed at a feature race at the end of the month and this run has shown that he is in a good space.

October 8th, 2021
IKIGAI was acquired by the Hollywood Syndicate from Sean Tarry, following the withdrawal of owner Chris van Niekerk from the sport.