Outsider wins Gukje Sinmun / Sichuseon wins Netizen Day Race / Bally Brae beaten in handicap
18.4 shot Angle Slam won the KRW 68Million first prize in the Gukje Sinmun Cup at Busan Race Park this afternoon with a half length win over Busan legend Golding. Golding started the race the heavy 1.3 favourite and sat at the back of the field for the first three quarters of the 1400 metre race while Angle Slam sat in the middle of the pack, Gu Min Sung making his move with two furlongs remaining. Sensing danger, Gu Young Jun quickened Golding and the six year old powered through the field like a train completing the final furlong a full half second quicker than his rivals – but it was too little too late as he ran out of track and Angle Slam secured a half length victory.
Up at Seoul Race Park it was also a major race day in the form of the Netizen’s Day Race. In front of a bumper Sunday crowd, a field of fourteen runners was led home by Sichuseon (3.1) in one of the most dramatic final furlongs of the year so far. With the early pace set by Cowboy and Bonny Bee, Moon Se Young found himself at the back of the field on Sichuseon and remained there until they entered the home straight. Looking boxed in on all sides, Moon asked for extra effort from Sichuseon and they threaded an impossible-looking route through the field hitting the front on the line to win by a neck from Wig (19.8 ) and Borkhan (41.0). Favourite Gangho Jewang (2.9), bidding for his third win in five races, never featured an finished a disappointing ninth. Sichuseon had to undergo a Steward’s Inquiry but no fault was found and Moon’s ride has to go down as one of the best in recent months.
After Golding’s shock defeat earlier, punters were relying on Bally Brae to deliver the goods in the feature handicap. however, it was a forlorn hope as, after featuring prominantly for the whole race, the six year old 1.2 favourite failed to produce his usual home straight burst and fell to a two length defeat to the Park Tae Jong ridden Saerounbisul (17.2) and Baekjeonmupae (14.8). Bally Brae was carrying 62 kilos, ten more than the winner and four more than second top-weight Angus Empire, who finished in fifth. After Bally Brae’s previous outing, Moon Se Young had noted his concern over the weight the horse was carrying and today it appears he finally reached his limit.
After yesterday’s lacklustre card at Seoul, it was a dramatic day at both tracks. With cool and cloudy conditions ideal for racing and bigger than usual crowds at both Seoul and Busan, a fine afternoon’s sport was delivered. Attention will now turn to the Korean Derby which is only two weeks away.