Love Cat surprise second / Namdo Jeap, Yeonseung Daero beaten at Busan
Khanui Jeguk took the honours in the battle of the three year olds, landing the Ilgan Sports Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
With Derby third place getter Baengnyeonbong sent off the slight odds-on favourite, it was outsider Event, under Oh Kyoung Hoan, who set the early pace in the nine furlong race with fellow longshot Cheongun Jangsu following.
Cho Kyoung Ho settled Khanui Jeguk onto the rail in the back straight and was perfectly placed as the field turned for home. The early leaders faded away and Khanui Jeguk shot through into the lead as they passed the two furlong pole. Shin Hyoung Cheol brought Baengnyeonbong wide around the field but struggled to keep the colt in a straight line and his challenge never got going. It would be the filly, Love Cat, who would get closest to the winner – three lengths the distance on the line.
Khanui Jeguk has only ever once been out of the money. That was in the Derby. He recovered to finish second to Nice Choice in the Munhwa Ilbo last month and confirms his place as the second best three year old at Seoul with today’s win. For Love Cat it was a fine return after two months without a race. Baengnyeonbong drifted badly in the straight – whether this accounted for the defeat he will surely be given an opportunity to prove later in the season.
The disappointment of the race was Holy Dreamer. Unbeaten in his five starts to date, he wasn’t expected to win but, despite being backed into third favourite, only managed to come home seventh.
Ilgan Sports Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – Sep 6, 2009
1. Khanui Jeguk (KOR) [Sunday Well – Lucky Dip (Didyme)] – Cho Kyoung Ho – 3.4, 1.3
2. Love Cat (KOR) [Creek Cat – Love Cue (Curia Regis)] – Choi Beom Hyun – 3.7
3. Baengnyeonbong (KOR) [Al Naba – Sansovino Art (Mister C.)] – Shin Hyoung Cheol – 1.0
Distances: 3 lengths/2 lengths
Also ran: 4. Cheongha Eutteum, 5. Exzacta Runner, 6. First Flower. 7. Holy Dreamer. 8. Headline News, 9. Magic Victor, 10. Cheongun Jangsu, 11. Event, 12 Gamunuye
While the three year olds were in charge at Seoul, down at Busan they were put firmly in their place as the duo of Yeonseung Daero and Namdo Jeap fell to a late charge from Sinjin Gangja. A well positioned Namdo Jeap tired in the straight of Busan’s feature but at least clung on for third. Yeonseung Daero meanwhile attempted to make a late dash from the back of the pack, but stalled on the way and ended fifth.