Day: April 6, 2008

Rainmaker lands KRA Cup Mile

Rainmaker (3.4), ridden by An Sun Ho, has won the KRW228 Million KRA Cup Mile at Busan Race Park with Gaeseon Janggun (20.5) in second and Jeolho Chance (3.7) in third. Rainmaker went off the slight favourite from Jeolho Chance and Daejanggun (4.0). Jeolho Chance, under Cho Sung Gon, made the early running and traded the lead with Hammer Punch in the back straight. Rainmaker meanwhile sat at the back of the field until they entered the final turn, hitting second place with 2 furlongs left behind Jeolho Chance who by this time had opened up a gap of six or seven lengths. Rainmaker ground his opponent down, however, and ran on to record a two and a half length victory and take the first leg of the Triple Crown. The five horses from Seoul disappointed, filling up four of the last five places. Sammuae finishing highest for Han Sang Kyu in sixth.

Up at Seoul, there was a surprise in the feature handicap as Dankee’s Pal at 23.4 took the win for Cho Kyoung Ho ahead of Moon Se Young on another outsider Saerounbisul (32.0). The 2.3 favourite, Dirt King, was two lengths back in third. Earlier there was no surprise as Dongbanui Gangja (1.3) coolly won a two and a half length victory over Hwanggeum Dwaeji in a 1900 metre handicap. Dongbanui Gangja was the last of three wins for jockey Shim Seung Tae, with two wins each for for Park Tae Jong and Cho Kyoung Ho.