2023 Fukuryu Stakes: Mitono O struck gold

Mitono O runs his rivals into submission on the slop with a devastating gate-to-wire run to defeat the previously unbeaten Mokku Mokku and six-time winner Hero Call. Here our 2023 Fukuryu Stakes Recap!


Fukuryu Stakes

Stakes – Purse $265,000 – 1800 meters (1 mile 1 furlong) – Dirt – 3-Year-Olds.

As they exited from the gates it was the chalk and eventual winner MITONO O who emerged from this fourteen-strong field to set the pace.

He was tracked in the early stages by Maono Arashi and Vendaval Y Rabiar who had got a nice stalking position in the third spot.

As they went down the backstretch, the pace quickened and some jockeys in behind started to urge their mounts for more.

At the other end of the field, Mokku Mokku was snuggled up on the inside in the eleventh spot and was followed on his outside by Hero Call who was now starting a move.

With track conditions sloppy, it was always going to be tough for the closers here and Mitono O had the rest of this field in trouble a long way from the wire.

He entered the home stretch and soon widened six lengths clear of the chasing pack.

Hero Call pitched into the three lane to make his challenge but he could only hold at one pace to the wire and he was grabbed late for the second spot by Mokku Mokku.

He met traffic problems and was twelve lengths adrift at the top of the stretch but closed late and fast to get to within two and a half lengths of the winner. He is surely a winner next time.

One to watch for next time is Oro Y Plata who came from last to finish in the fifth spot.

2023 Fukuryu Stakes Payouts

1. Mitono O$2.50$1.50
2. Mokku Mokku $2.60
3. Hero Call $2.70

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 51.90 secs

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