Grey lands cup by five lengths / Bugyeong Choegang takes spoils at Busan
The grey Baekpa put in a commanding performance in the rain to land the KRW 63Million first prize in this afternoon’s SBS Cup at Seoul Race Park. Starting the 4.1 second favourite, the four year old won by five lengths, going away from favourite Myeongmun Gamun (2.0).
This time there were no tantrums at the start from Myeongmun Gamun, the top money winner retuning from a two month track ban for refusing to go in back in May, but it was Sports Chosun winner Natural Nine (6.5) who set the early pace with Park Tae Jong keeping Baekpa right on his shoulder. And so it was until the final turn when Natural Nine weakened and Baekpa hit the front. Jung Ki Young asked Myeongmun Gamun for a sprint and the seven year old obliged, but Baekpa was out of sight to record her biggest win since last year’s Oaks. Bangnokjeong (10.6) was just a nose behind Myeongmun Gamun in third.
With free entry to the track because of the predicted bad weather, there was a large crowd, however the early races were held in bright sunshine. The rain started around race 6 and by the time the Cup race got underway, the track was saturated. In the feature handicap, there was a win for Ugildongja (3.6), the Moon Se Young ridden favourite just edging out Aragorn (7.0). It was Moon’s second win after taking the first on the unraced two year old Nautilus (21.1). Moon was beaten, however, on hot favourite Last Dance Buddy (1.8 ) in race 6, going down to fellow US import Mexicali Blues (5.1) by half a length. Aside from Baekpa, Park Tae Jong was also successful on Bareukseu (13.1) in the last, beating out strong favourite Best Fusion (1.6) by a head.
At Busan, the weather was wet but slightly less torrential than Seoul and the feature handicap was won by favourite Bugyeong Choegang (2.1), half a length ahead of Wonder Love (5.6). It was the four year old’s fourth win from six outings in 2008. Toshio Uchida kept up his impressive run of form, landing two for the second consecutive Sunday. Uchida took race 1 on Son of Sinhwa (5.1) in a pulsating three way finish and then race 5 on hot favourite Glory Champ (1.7).