2023 Fukushima Himba & More Japaneses Races Recap

Kurino Premium has to settle for a board spot once again in the 2023 Fukushima Himba as Stellaria mows her down just 50 yards from the wire.

Fukushima Himba

Grade 3 – Purse $566,000 – 1800 meters (1 mile 1 furlong) – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies & Mares

It was an even break, and two of the longshots Stutti and Nishino Love Wink were both looking to get on the speed, and it was the former who got to the front and took them into the clubhouse turn.

Kurino Premium also broke well but was reined back and secured a nice stalking position in the sixth spot while the eventual winner STELLARIA was one spot further back, tracking the speed on the inside.

The pace was slow and the whole field of 15 runners was covered by ten lengths.

Fukushima Himba Race Video

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The pace picked up at the end of the backstretch, where Storia made a quick move in the three lane to come to the leader’s quarters and was followed through by Kurino Premium. As they hit the top of the short stretch, Kurino Premium moved past the leader, but Stellaria had pitched into the four-lane and ran down her rival with just 50 yards to the wire with Big Ribbon running late for second and Kurino Premium holding well for the third spot.

Ginestra closed late for fourth and is one to watch if taking a class drop next time.

2023 Fukushima Himba Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. Stellaria$13.80$3.80
2. Big Ribbon $2.00
3. Kurino Premium $2.10

WINNING TIME: 1 min 47.90 secs

Flora Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $738,000 – 2000 meters (1 mile 2 furlongs) – Turf – 3-Year-Old Fillies

Golden Hind causes a shock in The Flora Stakes to go gate to wire and beat out the top four horses on the board and secure her first career graded stakes success.

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From the gates, it was the grey and eventual winner GOLDEN HIND who was keen to get on the speed and she led from her middle draw from Kiminonawa Maria and Queen Of Soul as they went into the first turn.

In behind, So Dazzling was under a tight hold by jockey Keita Tosaki and wanted to go quicker, but was in a nice position on the rail in fourth stalking the leader.

The pace was strong, and as they hit the end of the backstretch, the leader widened by a length. The challengers were queueing up but one by one they came and one by one they were conquered by the game grey.

Golden Hind first repelled Kiminonawa Maria as she challenged at the two-furlong pole and then widened again to hold gamely from So Dazzling who closed late, with Bright Jewelry in third and the well-fancied England Eyes, who had come from last spot in the home stretch to finish fourth.

Flora Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. Golden Hind$16.60$3.50
2. So Dazzling $1.70
3. Bright Jewelry $2.50

WINNING TIME: 1 min 58.90 secs

Milers Cup

Grade 2 – Purse $840,000 – 1600 meters (1 mile) – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up

Schnell Meister finishes late and fast to deny Gaia Force and last year’s winner Soul Rush to take out the Milers Cup.

From the gates, last year’s winner Soul Rush was sharply away from his outside gate but it was the big longshot Shiny Rock who was hustled to the speed by jockey Manabu Sakai, with Daimei Fuji and Be Astonished, two other big board-priced runners following.

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The pace was hot and they went through the opening quarter in 23 seconds and the half-mile went in a sizzling 46.1 seconds.

The eventual winner and late closer SCHNELL MEISTER was covered up two from the back and the other fancied runner Gaia Force was stalking the pace in mid-pack.

As they hit the top of the home stretch, Shiny Rock widened by three lengths and a huge shock looked on the cards but he was headed just yards from the wire with Soul Rush, Gaia Force and finally Schnell Meister all coming over the top, with the chalk landing this valuable prize under a masterful ride from Christophe Lemaire.

Milers Cup Payouts

HorseWinPlace
1. Schnell Meister$2.50$1.30
2. Gaia Force $2.30
3. Soul Rush $1.50

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