Day: May 17, 2008

Myeongmun Gamun refuses to go in stalls

Seoul Racing Review
Hot favourite Myeongmun Gamun refused to enter the starting stalls and had to be withdrawn just before the start of the feature race at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. The seven-year-old, who is the highest earning horse in Korea over the past year is well known for his fear of the stalls and took five minutes to be coaxed in before running third in the Grand Prix last December. This time, despite the best efforts of the handlers and jockey Cho, Kyoung Ho, the horse held firm. Myeongmun Gamun had been backed into 1.6 favourite and his absence left the path clear for Gi Ra Seong (3.7) to score a fine victory in a final furlong battle with Speedway (8.1). Sirius (5.3) finished third with Baekpa (2.4), last year’s Oaks winner putting in another disappointing run in fourth place. It was Gi Ra Seong’s eighth win but the first time the Choi Beom Hyun ridden four year old had won a category one race.

Cho Kyoung Ho didn’t take long to recover from his frustrations with Myeongmun Gamun, winning the next, KRW 36Million handicap on Badajebi (5.6) a neck in front of Park Tae Jong on Together, the 3.6 favorite. Overall, it was a good day for Cho, with three wins in total having earlier won on Wild Boy (2.4) in race 4 and Musi Mujong (4.0) in race 5. There were also doubles for An Byung Ki and Oh Kyoung Hoan. Outsider of the day was 33.4 shot Dr. Day who provided jockey Boo Min Ho with his third career victory on his one hundredth career mount in race 3. Dr. Day overhauled the strong favourite True Really (1.2) in the last few strides to win by a nose.

A beautiful sunny day at the track and more of the same is expected for the Derby tomorrow. The first race is at 11:20. There’s also racing at Busan from 12:40 and Jeju from 12:20.