Overseas jocks ride / Captain Sir debuts / Sinheung Gangja wins
Seven of the overseas jockeys in Busan for Sunday’s International Invitation Race were in action at Busan Race Park this afternoon. None troubled the placings and the highest finishers were New Zealand’s Laura Cheshire on Fresh Dancer in race 3 and Japan’s Hitomi Miyashita on Tamna Kwaegeol in race 7, both of whom guided their 40/1 shots to fourth place.
None could really have been expected to do any better on mounts that were a warm up for Sunday’s main event. Here’s how they all got on:
Mai Beppu: Race 2, Seondu Jeongsang – 11th of 12 – win odds: 75.8
Laura Cheshire: Race 3, Fresh Dancer – 4/10 – 48.2
Nadine Rapson: Race 5, Queen Of Moonstone – 7/11 – 43.3
Hitomi Miyashita: Race 7, Tamna Kwaegeol – 4/13 – 43.8
Jennifer Stisted: Race 8, Shingwang Cheonji – 9/13 – 20.0
Chiaki Iwanaga: Race 9, Raon Champion – 8/13 – 7.9
Linda Meech: Race 9, Gold Love – 11/13 – 73.2
In other news at Busan, it was a good day for jockey Stephan Swanepoel. The South African landed his second win at the track taking race 1 on hot favourite Raon Cat.
Another hot favourite made his debut today. Two year old US import Captain Sir [Trippi – Fine Wine (Hooched)] comfortably took race 2, easing to a four length win in a fast time over 1000 metres.
Meanwhile, favourite Sinheung Gangja came through with a late run to win the feature race. Under Jo Sung Gon, the four year old overhauled second favourite Hangang Jeil in the final furlong to take victory by a length and a half. It’s a sixth career victory for Sinheung Gangja who was second in the Busan Owners’ Cup last year.