Day: July 13, 2008

Playing Politics coasts to three from three

Top Point lands feature at Seoul / The Bee Keeper beaten at Busan
Playing Politics maintained his 100% record in emphatic style at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Stepping up in class and distance to 1700 metres, the US born son of Outflanker cantered around the back straight comfortably on the shoulder of early leader Jewanguijari (13.8 ). As they entered the home straight, Choi Beom Hyun shook Playing Politics into action and the 1.1 favourite took the lead with a furlong and a half remaining, running on for a seven length win. The three year gelding now has three wins from three races.

On a hot day with temperatures hoverng around the 30 degree mark, the track quickly dried from the overnight rain and the feature handicap was won in predictably easy fashion by favourite Top Point. Moon Se Young took Top Point out in front from the start and had little to do as the 1.2 favourite cruised away from the field for a six length win with Heukjo Bisang (20.0) holding on for second. The four year old made it her ninth win in 14 outings and is yet to be beaten in six races in 2008.

Moon Se Young rode Top Point as a replacement for Cho Kyoung Ho who was thrown from Baekdu Jeongsang out of the starting stalls prior to race 7. That race was won by Little Pumpkin (9.6), Choi Beom Hyun’s second win of the day and he would go on to also take race 9 on Lucky Mountain (6.0). Moon Se Young also rode a treble with his win on Top Point sandwiched between victories in race 4 on Jeil Beonjjeok and in race 12 on Bonny Bee.

At Busan Race Park there was a first defeat for three year old The Bee Keeper. Stepping up to 1800 metres for the first time, the top weight started the 2.0 favourite and looked well placed as they turned for home. However, Hardride (5.6) had the faster sprint securing victory by a neck from Honor Day (5.6) with The Bee Keeper back in fourth. Earlier in the day there had been drama in the first race when jockey Cho Chang Wook was unseated from second favourite Yeoreumbi when seemingly in a winning position just metres from the line. With no horses nearby, there was no action for the stewards to take and favourite Magic Force (2.8 ) took the victory.