Yoshiyuki Aoki

Former Seoul & Busan Jockey Yoshi Aoki Has Died Aged 35

Sad news out of Japan this evening with local sports media reporting that jockey Yoshiyuki Aoki, who had two stints riding in South Korea, was found dead at his home in Yokohama earlier today.

According to the Japanese Daily Sports Online, Police believe Aoki took his own life. He was 35.

Yoshi Aoki 1977-2012

Yoshi Aoki 1977-2012

A JRA licensed jockey, Aoki rode 106 winners in Japan since his 1995 debut. He first came to Korea in 2009, spending three months riding at Seoul Race Park.

He returned to the peninsula in autumn 2010, this time to Busan where he was much more successful, landing 21 winners from 165 rides in six months on the south coast, many of them partnering with trainer Peter Wolsley.

Shortly before he was due to return to Japan in order to renew his JRA license in April 2011, Aoki suffered a bad fall at Busan which brought his time in Korea to an early end.

With his distinctive Godolphin-esque blue silks, Aoki was well liked by racing fans during his time here.

(ht @uk_maniax)