Wonder Love (38.8 ) galloped home to a shock win in the KRW 142 Million Gyeongnam Governor’s Cup Race at Busan Race Park. The six year old had spent much of the past year finishing third but he managed to overhaul another outsider, Gongnopae (29.4) in the final few metres for a three quarter length win. Favourite Golding (1.5), put in a blistering final furlong but could only make it up to third. However, the race was not without controversy as Namdo Choegang (34.3) fell as they rounded the final turn after colliding with Hangye Geukbok(5.8 ). Jo Sung Gon on Hangye Geukbok was deemed responsible and his horse disqualified. The surprise one-two paid an exacta of 1111.8. It was Gongnopae, under Kim Eu Soo, who had made most of the running but Han Sang Kyu brought Wonder Love through just at the right time to snatch the win.
Things went slightly more to form in the KRA Cup Classic at Seoul Race Park as third-favourite Fly Queen (4.8 ) came through the field late to record the win by two lengths. Park Tae Jong had kept the mare at the back of a field where the pace was made for much of the race by second favourite Pocketful Of Money. Also prominent at the front throughout the back straight were Galsaem and favourite, Top Point (2.4). Park asked his horse to go as they entered the home straight and although with a furlong to go he still had plenty to do, he finished pulling away. Also coming through from behind was Blue Dia (84.9), who managed to just grab second ahead of Top Point in third.
Gyeongnam Governer’s Cup GIII – Busan Race Park – 1800Metres – Sep. 28, 2008
1. Wonder Love (USA) [Wild Wonder – Love Spanish (Spanish Drums)] – Han Sang Kyu – 38.8
2. Gongnopae (USA) [Tiger Ridge – Riccio’s Best (Papa Riccio)] – Kim Eu Soo – 29.4
3. Golding (USA) [Gold Alert – Ritzy Lady (Kissin Kris)] – T. Uchida – 1.5
Distances:3/4 length, 1/2 length
KRA Cup Classic GIII – Seoul Race Park – 2000Metres – Sep. 28, 2008
1. Fly Queen (USA) [Exploit – Fully Approved (With Approval)] – Park Tae Jong – 4.8
2. Blue Dia (USA) [Ecton Park – Coastal Wave (Dixieland Band)] – Choi Jung Seob – 84.9
3. Top Point (KOR) [Tom Cruiser – Mooncello (Northen Baby)] – Cho Kyoung Ho – 2.4
Distances: 1.75 lengths / Head