Myeongmun Gamun beats Good Day / Jilju Hara beaten
There was a tight finish to the Donga Ilbo Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon and it was four year old Geumsuni (13.1) who held on in the photo to win the Cup by a nose from Junior Shards (11.5). Quickest out of the stalls in the 1400 metre race was Yoo Sang Wan on Esteban but as they hit the first corner, third favourite Bonny Bee (8.0) took over the running. Always well placed, Kim Hyo Seob on Geumsuni took over with a furlong to run and just held off the fast finishes of Junior Shards and pre-race favourite Wig (2.6) to claim victory.
In other races at Seoul, Myeongmun Gamun (2.7) overcame strong favourite Good Day (1.5) in the feature handicap. Good Day, under Cho Kyoung Ho led from out of the backstretch, but Jung Ki Young on Myeongmun Gamun found more in the home straight to win by two lengths. Such was the dominance of the pair, there was a further eight lengths between them and Lee Ae Li on shock third placed Seungni Yongsa (212.4).
At Busan Race Park, there was a shock defeat for Jilju Hara. The Japanese import had strolled to victory in her first two outings and was sent off the 1.2 favourite in the JBBA race which was only for Japanese bred horses. It was second favourite, Lucky Guy (4.3), however, who went wire to wire, holding off Jilju Hara by half a length at the finish. Earlier there was a convincing return to form for three year old filly Useung Party. Last in the Oaks last month, she stepped back in distance and dominated race 2 with a seven length win.
After yesterday’s rain, it was a hot and sunny afternoon which was reflected in attendance at both tracks.