With the Kentucky Derby scheduled to be over by 7:30am Sunday morning Korean time, it means there’s plenty of time to get to the tracks for a Sunday of racing. Seoul Race Park goes to post at 11:20 while at Busan Race Park they’ll line up for the first race of Gukje Sinmun Cup day at 12:40.
One of Busan’s most valuable races for overseas bred horses, the Gukje Sinmun is run over seven furlongs and has this year attracted a full field of fourteen. With most class 1 races being held at distances of nine furlongs or greater, the race is a rare chance for the top sprinters to compete for the big prizes.
In what should be an open betting race, last year’s winner, Angle Slam, returns to defend his title while there will be plenty of support for Gunham, the seven year old who only raced three times last season, having his best efforts over this distance. Others likely to feature near the top of most punters’ tickets are Crafty Louis, Cheonseungmanseung and the filly Mighty Hero. Full list of runners, records and riders:
Gukje Sinmun Cup – Busan Race Park – 1400M – May 3, 2009 – 15:35
1. Gunham (NZ) – (28/8/4/0) – Kim Tae Kyoung
2. Crafty Louis (USA) – (29/10/3/2) – Jo Chang Wook
3. Angle Slam (USA) – (39/7/7/8) – Gu Min Sung
4. Heukjanggun (USA) – (7/3/0/2) – Han Sang Gyu
5. Saeroun Bulpae (USA) – (16/5/1/4) – Chae Gyu Jun
6. Miss Ecton (USA) – 13/4/2/4) – Martin Wepner
7. Hwanggeumbit Taeyang (AUS) – (40/8/11/5) – Gu Young Jun
8. Gyeongcheonsa (USA) – (21/6/2/0) – Park Geum Man
9. Seneca Light (USA) – (31/7/6/2) – Jo Chan Hoon
10. Dahlonega (USA) – (13/3/4/1) – Yoo Hyun Myoung
11. Spruiker (AUS) – (8/3/2/1) – Eiki Nishimura
12. Cheonseungmanseung (AUS) – (11/4/2/3) – Jo Sung Gon
13. Mighty Hero (USA) – (8/5/0/0) – Kim Eu Su
14. Gangsan Jijo (NZ) – (47/4/7/7) – Oh Young Il
* Saturday’s card at Seoul Race Park had co-feature races, one for domestic bred and one for overseas. In the overseas, there was another disappointing performance by Shaving Points, the four year old finishing eleventh of twelve behind Captain Cugat. Five year old gelding Sesemanse took the domestic feature by two and a half lengths from three year old filly Crown Carla. Favourite Rich Family was unplaced.