Day: September 5, 2009

Baengnyeonbong Heads Ilgan Sports Contenders

Baengnyeonbong, third in the Korean Derby, and the unbeaten Holy Dreamer head a field of twelve Korean breds for the 27th Ilgan Sports Cup at Seoul Race Park tomorrow afternoon.

Holy Dreamer has won all five his starts but will be stepping up significantly in class in a race where three year olds are expected to dominate. Khanui Jeguk was a Derby disappointment but has bounced back since May and must be considered. Cheongha Eutteum has won four out his five races and is a winner at the distance.

One filly and one mare join the colts. While five year old Gamunhuye looks overmated, Love Cat doesn’t. Love Cat skipped the Oaks but has won at the distance and in reasonable company too. She’s had two months off and if she comes back in the form she was in when she began her break, she’ll be in the mix at the finish.

Aside from Gamunhuye there are a couple of other older horses trying their luck in a race that will see the winner likely elevated to class 1 racing. Lightly raced six year old Cheongun Jangsu has won five of his twelve starts but will find things tough as will Exzacta Runner. In with a better chance though are five year old First Flower and the four year old Headline News.

Baegnyeonbong is the one to beat.

The race is off at 17:00 and is race 9 of an 11 race card which gets underway at 11:20. Here are the runners, records and riders:

Ilgan Sports Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – Sep 6, 2009, 17:00

1. Event (11/6/0) – Oh Kyoung Hoan
2. Love Cat (10/6/0) – Choi Beom Hyun
3. Khanui Jeguk (10/4/2) – Cho Kyoung Ho
4. Baengnyeonbong (12/5/1) – Shin Hyoung Cheol
5. Cheongun Jangsu (12/5/1) – Lee Sang Hyuk
6. First Flower (22/4/3) – Yang Hee Jin
7. Gamunhuye (38/5/2) – Jo In Kwon
8. Exzacta Runner (17/3/3) – Park Tae Jong
9. Cheongha Eutteum (5/4/1) – Moon Jung Kyun
10. Holy Dreamer (5/5/0) Ham Wan Sik
11. Magic Victor (22/3/3) – Bang Choon Sik
12. Headline News (19/4/3) – Jung Ki Young

Dongbanui Gangja Has To Work

Saturday Review
Dongbanui Gangja rallied late extend his unbeaten streak to eight races and confirm his position as the top horse in training at Seoul. Comfortably positioned just behind early pace-setters Gamadongja and Brilliant Knight as they came off the final turn, the hot favourite looked to be about to cruise to a simple win.

Things didn’t go quite to plan, however, as both Gamadongja and Brilliant Knight fought back as Dongbanui Gangja began to sprint. Ultimately he got up to claim victory by a length and a half. Brillaint Knight just edged out Gamadongja by a nose for second.

Things were slightly more routine for Secret Weapon half an hour later. The top rated Korean bred horse never looked in any danger as he overcame Chamgippeum and Lucky Mountain by nine lengths.

Finally a mention must go to five year old Quick Bird. The mare had finished third a total of nine times in her thirty previous starts and in race 9 today, she finally broke her maiden, coming through late to grab a length and a half win.

Class 1 (Foreign bred) – Seoul Race Park – 2000M – Sep 5, 2009

1. Dongbanui Gangja (USA) [Broken Vow – Maremaid (Storm Bird)] – Choi Beom Hyun – 1.1, 1.0
2. Brilliant Knight (USA) [Lion Hearted – Deputy Lady (First Deputy)] – Han Sung Yeol – 6.5
3. Gamadongja (NZ) [Howbaddouwantit – Miss Martha (Iades)] – Ham Wan Sik – 2.4
Distances: 1.25 lengths/Nose – 14 ran