Day: November 8, 2008

Easy for Wangson as Seoul Basks in Autumn

Taebaek Janggun upsets Free Woody / Uys makes creditable debut
Wangson stepped up to cat.3 for the first time at Seoul Race Park this afternoon but the three year old had things all his own way as he cruised to a 10 length win. Under Moon Se Young, the 1.9 favourite came round the field in the back straight and opened out as they rounded the final turn. A long way behind the winner, Bang Choon Sik on Kkumcheoreom held off Nozomu Tomizawa on Daeseolbong for second. Wangson now has four wins from eight outings and looks to be one to watch in the handicap ranks next year.

On a beautiful autumn day that showed the track at its finest, things went the way of the second favourite in the day’s most valuable race. Taebaek Janggun kept alongside favourite Free Woody for the early stages of the 1900 metre handicap but a burst of pace around the third corner took him to the front. Although Free Woody responded in the sprint the damage had been done and Taebaek Janggun ran on for a three length win under Choi Beom Hyun. Earlier there was an impressive performance by two year old Ganggeonhan, landing race 1 by seven lengths.

South African jockey Willie Uys made his Seoul debut in race 4. Riding the lightly backed Absolute Power he got out of the gate quickly, avoiding some nasty collisions at the back and showed towards the front for most of the 1300 metre race. As they entered the home straight, leaders Natural Guy and favourite Mideumi pulled away from the field and battled it out for the victory with Natural Guy taking it on the line for Choi Beom Hyun. There was a gap of 12 lengths between those two and the next home, third-favourite Taepung Malli, with Uys and Absolute Power coming in fourth at 17.4. Uys will have one more ride tomorrow on Eastern Hotshot in race 3.