After a season of near-misses, Yeonseung Daero finally got it right. Third in the KRA Cup Mile, fifth in the Korean Derby, fourth in the Minister’s Cup and second in the Busan Metropolitan, it all came together in spectacular style for the three-year old in the Owner’s Cup at Busan Race Park this afternoon.
Sent off second favourite behind the formidable Areumdaun Jilju in the 10 furlong race, Yeonseung Daero hit the front coming off the final turn. Once he went, no-one could get close to him as he extended his lead to fourteen lengths on the line seemingly with plenty in reserve. Areumdaun Jilju came in a well beaten second with outsider Viva Canon grabbing third.
Having won several top class handicaps in between the classics and, in the process, breaking the 10 furlong track record (a mark that he was a couple of seconds outside today), Yeonseung Daero has long been suspected to be the real star to emerge from Busan this year and go on to dominate as a four-year old. Sangseung Ilro seems too fragile and Pangpang appears a one-off in the Oaks. Namdo Jeap meanwhile has been inconsistant, skipping this race and being well-beaten on Friday.
What all those had over Yeonseung Daero was a big win to their name. The Owner’s Cup is by no means the biggest date on the calendar, but in winning it – and in such a fashion, Yeonseung Daero has signalled that he is now the horse to beat at Busan.
Busan Owner’s Cup – Busan Race Park – 2000M – Dec 6, 2009
1. Yeonseung Daero (KOR) [Creek Cat – Sensationalkris (Cryptoclearance)] – Park Geum Man – 3.5, 1.3
2. Areumdaun Jilju (KOR) [Didyme – Chills Of Nepal (Nepal)] – Jo Chan Hoon – 1.3
3. Viva Canon (KOR) [Tahamkke – Special Craft (Crafty Prospector)] – Kim Young Geun – 10.6
Distances: 14 lengths/1.25 lengths
Also ran: 4. Yeongung Manse; 5. Galsaek Teukgeup; 6. Conqueror; 7. Top Grade; 8. Pangpang; 9. Glory Champ; 10. Sandeomi
* Sunday’s meeting at Seoul was abandoned due to a frozen track after just one race.