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FRANKEL SIRES FIRST DIRT STAKES WINNER

Mozu Ascot became the first blacktype winner and Group winner on dirt for FRANKEL, as he prevailed by one and a quarter lengths over favoured Copano Kicking in the Negishi Stakes Gr.3  at Tokyo on Sunday.

Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 3rd February 2020:

It was the six-year-old entire's first try over the surface. Winless since taking the 2018 Gr.1 Yasuda Kinen, Mozu Ascot had performed with credit since then and was second two starts back in the Gr.2 Swan Stakes in October.

The Kentucky-bred Mozu Ascot completely missed the break. Recovering to perch out in the middle of the track in midpack for the backstretch run, the 8-1 shot followed a :34.90 600-metre split. Looping the field five deep on the far turn, he produced a strong stretch drive, tackled the aforementioned dirt specialist Copano Kicking (who had won last year's Gr.3 Negishi Stakes) inside the final 100 metres, and kicked away to win well.

Date: 03 February 2020