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The world’s best racehorse, Japan superstar Equinox (Kitasan Black), has been retired shortly after his sixth successive G1 victory in the Japan Cup.


South Africa’s Equus award-winning photographer Chase Liebenberg felt honoured and privileged to get close to Equinox earlier this year in Dubai.

He photographed the great horse in his preparation for the Dubai Sheema Classic and on the night of the race itself.

The Tetsuya Kimura-trained superstar has been ridden in all ten of his starts, including eight wins and two seconds, by Christophe Lemaire.

He was at his imperious best in the Dubai Sheema Classic over a mile and four furlongs and beat the Irish Derby-winner and subsequent Arc runner up Westover by 3,50 lengths.

Equinox was timeform rated 136 after his latest win in the Japan Cup.

View this selection of Chase’s photographs of Equinox above and below: