Hopeful Stakes: Dura Erede Struck Gold

Dura Erede edges out Top Knife to cause a shock 90/1 win in a head-bobbing finish to the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes 2022 at Nayakama Racecourse and in the process secures his first graded stakes victory.

The Hopeful Stakes

Grade 1 – Purse $1,021,500 – 2000 metres – Turf – 2-Year-Olds

Tactics certainly played a big part in this race with both the winner and the runner-up making early moves from the gate to set the pace from the get-go. It was Top Knife who was trying different tactics from his previous run where he had closed late to just fail in the Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes.

It was the big outsider and eventual winner DURA EREDE who tracked the pace down the backstretch, with favorite Mikki Cappucino nicely placed in the fourth spot with clear daylight in the 3 lane, while on the fence was Sea Wizard, with Fate sitting in between those rivals.

The pace was slow with Top Knife dictating, but as they approached the 400 meter (2-furlong mark) the pace picked up, and the ones in behind were immediately on the back foot.

It was here that fancied runners, including Phantom Thief and Hearts Concerto started to make their runs, but the leading pair had both quickened and put a break on the field.

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As they hit the 200 meter (furlong) mark, it looked like Top Knife had got the upper hand, and as the wire loomed he looked sure to win, but one final surge from Dura Erede secured the win right on the wire.

Even the commentator had called Top Knife the winner as they passed the post.

Kings Reign who closed late and finished third can be counted as an unlucky loser after encountering traffic problems down the backstretch.

Hopeful Stakes 2022 Results

HORSEWINPLACE
1. DURA EREDE$72.00$12.00
2. TOP KNIFE$3.90
3. KINGS REIGN      $4.30

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 01.5 secs

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