Air raid sirens sounded across Seoul this morning, flags were at half mast and a brass band provided sombre accompaniment to the Memorial Day card at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. On the track, top sprinter Gamadongja once more proved his versatility, stepping up to 2000 metres to claim the afternoon’s feature race.
Starting second favourite to Brilliant Knight, the New Zealand bred gelding grabbed the lead straight out of the gate and, despite a stretch battle with Brilliant Knight, never relinquished it, to record his ninth career victory.
Second palce on Brilliant Knight was as close as Park Tae Jong, who needs just four victories to achieve 1500 career wins, got to the Winner’s Circle this afternoon. However, current champion jockey Moon Se Young moved to within one win of breaking the 400 mark with comfortable wins on Power Of Money in race 6 and Holy Dreamer in race 12.
There was a second outing for Australian import Khaki Halls [Refuse To Bend – Karamea Star (Bassenthwaite)] in Race 4. The two year old found things easy, cruising to a seven length win. Also winning in style was the filly Photo Stone, while three year old colt Event, stepped up to class 2 level in style, edging out favourite Indiana Dream in race 10.
Class 1 (Foreign bred) – Seoul Race Park – 2000M – June 6, 2009
1. Gamadongja (NZ) [Howbaddouwantit – Miss Martha (Iades)] – N. Tomizawa – 2.4
2. Brilliant Knight (USA) [Lion Hearted – Deputy Lady (French Deputy)] – Park Tae Jong – 1.9
3. Wind King (NZ) [Montjeu – Blessing (Sir Tristram)] – Lee Dong Kook – 102.1
Distances: 1.25 lengths/6 lengths – 12 ran