Seonbongbulpae was eased to victory in the Herald Business Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon and was crowned Champion Juvenile of 2009.
Backed into odds of 1/5, the colt built up a lead in the 6 furlong race and coasted through the home stretch under Park Tae Jong. There were nervous moments as the field came back at him but Park knew what he was doing and was able to hold them off for a half-length win.
It was the filly Hushtilled who came the closest. Finishing much the quicker, she edged out second favourite Full Step to take second.
With Northern Ace being scratched after the race was moved from last week to this, there remains a general feeling that race fans have been robbed of a potential epic. Nevertheless, seeing how this two-year old crop develop as three-year olds is something to look forward to.
Seonbongbulpae is now four for four and the time today was just a tenth of a second off the track record for a Korean bred horse.
Herald Business Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1200M – Dec 12, 2009
1. Seonbongbulpae [Newsprint – Jeseok (Lost Mountain)] – Park Tae Jong – 1.2, 1.0
2. Hushtilled [Distilled – Miss Alwuhush (Alwuhush)] – Moon Se Young – 2.0
3. Full Step [Didyme – Fox Dance (Foxtrail)] – Oh Kyoung Hoan
Distances: 0.5 lengths/0.75 lengths
Also ran: 4. Silver Mon; 5. Muhandeungguk