Geumbit Sesang & Bulpae Gisang stroll in / Hwangnyongsaji is back
A burst of speed at the furlong pole saw Crafty Louis run away with the feature race at Busan this afternoon. Busan Metropolitan winner Hardride started odds-on favourite and it was Sinsapung who set the early pace in the 2000 metre handicap. Well placed throughout Crafty Louis, winless since last April, was brought into contention by Kim Eu Soo as they turned for home hitting the front just before the furlong pole with Hardride just behind. This was where Hardride made his move in the Metropolitan but he didn’t have the legs to go with Crafty Louis who was five lengths clear on the line. Outsider Sweet Child edged out second favourite Bugyeong Choegang by a nose for third.
Earlier at Busan, Ikuyasu Kurakane has his first succes since relocating from Seoul. The Japanese rider partnered Gold Hunter to victory by three lengths in race 1. Daehan Dolpung took the day’s feature race for Korean bred horses. In a tight finish, the filly just outsprinted Yeonhap Jakjeon and King Rider. Very much in the shadow of fellow Didyme filly Jeolho Chance last year, Daehan Dolpung could not have made a better start to 2009.
In other races, three year old colt Geumbit Sesang made his second appearance and, moving up to six furlongs dominated race four to win by 12 lengths. With the race won a furlong out stewards issued a warning to jockey Jo Chang Wook for continuing to use the whip – for its part, the colt had the good sense to put Jo on the floor as they pulled up and make his own way back to the stables. Geumbit Sesang [Duality – Shawnee Sunset (True Colors)] will certainly be one to bear in mind as the season progresses.
At Seoul Race Park it was even colder than yesterday and a stiff breeze exacerbated conditions. Hwangnyongsaji took the afternoon’s big race, squeezing past Machine Gun in the final few strides for a half length win over 1900 metres. After making a promising start to his three year old season last year – including landing the New Year race at the correspnding meeting, Hwangnyongsaji was out of action through injury for seven months. After making a low key return last month, victory here means he will be an interesting addition to the big handicap ranks this year.
Earlier at Seoul, Bulpae Gisang made it four from four as he stepped up in both class and some considerable distance. Starting second favourite, he hunted down pacesetter Storm Feet, striking in the home straight and running on to win by three lengths. The three year old Bulpae Gisang [Lightnin N’Thunder – Neat Trick (Clever trick)] arrived in Korea last June and has yet to be seriously challenged.
Class 1 (Foreign-Bred) – Busan Race Park – 2000M – Jan 11, 2009
1. Crafty Louis (USA) [Louis Quatorze – Crafty Atlantic (Crafty Prospector)] – Kim Eu Soo – 8.5
2. Hardride (USA) [Colony Light – Lametta (Lomond)] – Lim Sung Sil – 1.9
3. Sweet Child (USA) [Sweetsouthernsaint – Nobody’s Secret (Alwasmi)] – Choi Si Dae – 86.7
Distances: 5 lengths/2 lengths – 10 ran