2023 Flying Five Stakes Moss Tucker thrives in the rain

There was a shock result in the first of four consecutive G1s at the Curragh on Sunday, as the locally trained 16-1 shot Moss Tucker came fast and late to sign for a breakthrough success at the highest level in the 2023 Flying Five Stakes.

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There was a proper boilover in the Flying Five at the Curragh on Sunday, the big speed test on day two of the Irish Champions Festival, when 16-1 Moss Tucker popped up ahead of 22-1 Get Ahead and 20-1 Equality to earn a paid ticket into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Heavy rain had altered the ground and the strongly fancied trio of Highfield Princess, Art Power and Bradsell were washed away. They finished fifth, sixth and seventh, as Moss Tucker pounced late under Billy Lee to get the money by a half-length from Get Ahead, who had come to win her race at the furlong pole but could not see it out. Equality, who had led to past halfway, kept on gamely for third, a length and a quarter behind.

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“The heavens opened about an hour before the race and I thought that would help him,” said trainer Ken Condon, winning his first Flying Five. “He has progressed so well and just keeps improving.”

This was by far the biggest win of Moss Tucker’s career, although with soft ground such a positive, there may be a doubt over his participation at Santa Anita.

2023 Flying Five Stakes Race Payouts

HorseWin (euro)Place (euro)
1. Moss Tucker20.903.40
2. Get Ahead4.40
3. Equality4.70

Winning time: 1m 0.89s

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