Second favourite King Kephalos held off the challenge of the fast finishing Hardride to take the KRW 68 Million first prize in the Macau Jockey Club Trophy at Busan Race Park this afternoon. Kim Eu Su kept the Japanese bred gelding comfortably in the middle of the field throughout the early stages of the mile-long race and the three year old King Kephalos hit the front inside the final furlong to win by half a length, with White Bull a further two lengths back in third. In an open betting race, Cheonji Yeonseung was sent off the 4.5 favourite, but the Toshio Uchida ridden three year old colt could only manage fifth.
The day was not without its successes for Uchida, however, as the rider, who recently agreed to extend his contract at Busan until January, picked up four winners including on Scramble in the day’s feature handicap.
MJC Trophy – Busan Race Park – Oct.3 2008, 1600 metres
1. King Kephalos (JPN) [King Glorious – Western Edge (Woodman)] – Kim Eu Su
2. Hardride (USA) [Colony Light – Lametta (Lomond)] – Yoo Hyun Myoung
3. White Bull (USA) [Holy Bull – Broad N’ Every Port (Broad Brush)] – Kazayuki Watase
Distances: 0.5 lengths and 2.5 lengths