Sharp win for Seven Card / Namchon Party outclasses rivals
Seoul Race Park saw dual features today with cat. 2 handicaps for both domestic and foreign bred horses. The domestic one was up first and it was favourite Ugildongja who extended his winning streak to three. Early pace was set by Sports Seoul winner Samsimnyeonsarang (9.6), however, the filly faded away badly as they entered the home straight allowing Moon Se Young to bring Ugildonja (2.2) through for a two and a half length win from Geumbit Gangja (13.7) and Eagle (57.6).
The foreign bred race saw a closer finish as second favourite Baekjeonmupae (2.5) took a half length win from slight favourite Dongbanui Gangja (2.3). Dirt King (7.1) led the field through the back straight but Ikuyasu Kurakane brought the New Zealand bred Baekjeonmupae into contention as they turned for home, hitting the front with 100 metres to go. Obaek Yechan (9.9) ran on for third.
Earlier, race 5 brought together some of Seoul’s more promising three year olds in a race over 1300 metres. Royal Taichi was sent off the 2.2 favourite, but never figured as Seven Card (3.0) took a wire to wire victory by an impressive seven lengths. The Yoo Seung Wan ridden colt recorded his second win from four outings with the rest of the field led in by Jeil Beonjjeok (5.6) and Galmasan (13.8 ).
Yoo Seung Wan would go on to record a second wire to wire win with Namchon Party (1.3) dominating the 1700 metre race 8, winning by six lengths. The three year old colt now has three wins from seven outings and has only been unplaced once. Another impressive performance came from the US bred gelding Storm Feet who made it four from seven in race 9. Sent off 2.0 favourite after main rival Happy Box was withdrawn, Storm Feet beat out Thermopolis (3.7) by three lengths. Storm Feet was the first half of a double for Moon Se Young. In addition to Moon and Yoo, Kim Hyo Seob also scored two winners.
In stark contrast to recent race-days, today was unseasonably cool with temperatures around 22 degrees – a full 10 degrees cooler than last week. Persistant drizzle made the track wet and similar conditions are expected tomorrow – although experience says never trust weather predictions for Seoul. Tomorrow’s card gets underway at 11:20 and a cracking card is topped off by the YTN Cup at 17:30. busan Race Park also holds a card with the first race at 12:40.