Park must wait for history but it’s 400 up for Se Young
Secret Weapon held off a late challenge from favourite Triple Seven to claim this afternoon’s feature race at Seoul Race Park. In doing so, the six year old scored his eighteenth career victory and helped take jockey Park Tae Jong to within three successes of becoming the first Korean rider to win 1500 races.
Outsider Hallyu Star set the early pace in the 1900 metre race with Natural Nine and Holeinonefive also showing at the front. Secret Weapon settled towards the front of the pack while Triple Seven and second favourite Namchonuijijon sat in the middle.
Coming off the final turn, Secret Weapon hit the front while Triple Seven came wide to challenge. The favourite was finishing much the quicker of the two but Secret Weapon had enough to hold on to take victory by just over a length. Natural Nine ran on for third but Namchonuijijon had nothing to give in the home straight, finishing well down the field.
Secret Weapon was Park Tae Jong’s only winner meaning he is going to have to wait at least one more week before reaching his milestone. One jockey who did cross a personal landmark today was Moon Se Young. The 2008 champion landed a treble and in doing so, scored his 400th career win. Apart from achieving the figure with three year old filly Violet in race 5, Moon also scored with Isanghwa in race 6 and Dallineun Haengun in race 9.
Class 1 (Korean bred) – Seoul Race Park – 1900M – June 7, 2009
1. Secret Weapon [Native Regent – Aheadofthetimes (Gold Alert)] – Park Tae Jong – 3.3
2. Triple Seven [The Groom Is Red – Impudence (Grand Lodge)] – Choi Beom Hyun – 2.2
3. Natural Nine [Revere – C. Bop (Aly Dark)] – Shin Hyoung Cheol – 6.6
Distances: 1.25 lengths/1.75 lengths – 11 ran