The nephew of a jockey, Mirco Demuro was born in Rome and rode his first winner at the tender age of 15 in November 1994. He was champion apprentice in Italy the following year and has since been champion jockey in Italy on five occasions.
He decided to broaden his horizons in 2000 and went on to great success in Japan, where he broke the record for the a jockey riding on a short-term licence with 35 wins in 2000/2001, as well as successful spells in the USA, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
Demuro became the first non-Japanese jockey to win the Japan Derby when guiding Neo Universe to a half-length victory over Zenno Rob Roy in 2003 and triumphed in the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, when giving Victoire Pisa an inspired ride in March 2011.
In 2012 Demuro based himself in the UK, returning to Italy only for the big Sunday races, but he had mixed fortunes and headed to France for 2013. He did, however, continue his sucess in Japan, winning two Group 1 races in latter part of the year.
His younger brother Cristian is also making quite a name for himself a jockey and was Italian champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The two of them fought out the finish of the 2013 Japanese 1000 Guineas when Cristian beat his brother by a neck. Mirco then won the Japanese 2000 Guineas a week later.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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