Day: August 2, 2008

Seoul Review – Easy for Secret Weapon

1.2 favourite strolls up / New jockeys debut
Secret Weapon needed to do little more than canter round the track to dispose of his rivals in the feature at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Park Tae Jong took the five year old 1.2 favourite to the front out of the gate of the 2000 metre handicap and despite giving at least five kilos to every other horse in the race, took a six length win easing up. Second favourite Totoro (9.4) was the distant second.

In the day’s second feature, third favourite Luxury Queen (3.9) put in a smart final furlong to take a KRW 30Million category 3 race, just edging out Eunjokbong (3.8 ) by half a length. The mare was ridden by Ikuyasu Kurakane, who also enjoyed victory in the following race on Yodongseong (3.6). It was the three year old American bred colt’s third win from six starts and his first at category 3. The pace was set throughout by Lee Ae Li on Seorin (7.5) but when Ikuyasu opened up the sprint, Yeodongseong went on to win by a clear five lengths with Seorin hanging on for second.

Aside from Ikuyasu, Park Soo Hong also landed a double but it was Park Tae Jong who once again took the biggest haul. Park’s procession on Secret Weapon followed on from earlier victories on the two year old Choisangbong (2.3) in race 2 and on Operaman (2.4) finally winning at the tenth attempt in race 6.

Five jockeys, recent graduates of the KRA’s jockey school, made their debuts today. Park Byung Yoon, Yoo Mi Ra and Cho In Kwon all featured in race 1 and Kim Cheol Ho and Park Si Won took their bows later. As expected, given their mounts, none of the five troubled the placings and all will be back tomorrow along with another newcomer, Kim Dong Min.

Yet again the latter half of the card was run in pouring rain with the weather forecast again deterring many racegoers. Tomorrow is forecast to be similarly unsettled for the Munhwa Ilbo Cup. Race 1 is at 11:20.