Day: January 24, 2010

Nice Choice Falters but Sangseung Ilro is Back On Top

Derby Winner triumphs at Busan but President’s Cup King beaten at Seoul

Last year’s top three-year old filly and colt were both in action this afternoon. And it was Sangseung Ilro at Busan who began her four-year old career on a high while up at Seoul Nice Choice faded in the late afternoon gloom to slump to a rare defeat.

Punters had much more faith in Nice Choice, sending him off long-odds on for the 1900 metre class 1 race in the capital. That seemed to be justified as Cho Kyoung Ho kept the favourite well-positioned as the field made their way through the back-stretch and around the home-turn. When he was asked to sprint, however, there was nothing.

It was a gloomy day all round for Nice Choice

Meanwhile Holy Dreamer and Machine Gun arrived to take things up but neither could match 100/1 outsider Seungundaeseung who emerged from the field to take a shock victory. Nice Choice finished fourth, two lengths behind the winner.

Now six-years old, Seungundaeseung [Buster’s Daydream – Wang-San-Mo (Eagling)], has been an inconsistant perfermer throughout his career, a pair of back-to-back victories last summer which elevated him to class 1 the highlight. Until today.

Down at Busan, Sansgseung Ilro had no such problems. Although Jo Sung Gon was forced to take the double-classic winner very wide as they entered the home straight, she relentlessly ran down second favourite Yeongung Manse, catching and overtaking the five-year old gelding in the final furlong and then running on for a comfortable two length win.

It was Sangseung Ilro’s first victory since the Derby up at Seoul last May. Injuries restricted her to only three further outings as a three-year old, all ending in battling defeat. Looking as sound as she ever has, Sangseung Ilro begins life as a four year old looking like she’s back at her best.

While Cho Kyoung Ho experienced disappointment on Nice Choice, once horse that looks sure to brighten up his year is Tough Win. In race 9, Cho partnered the three-year old to his fourth straight win in as many outings. Stepping up in distance to nine furlongs, Tough Win [Yonaguska – Maggie May’s Sword (Sword Dance)] was once more unchallenged as he cantered away from his class 2 rivals.

Tough Win lopes to the start

It’s still early days but this horse seems the real deal. Today the margin of victory was ten lengths but he was never asked to extend himself. Punters are already anticipating a possible showdown with Dongbanui Gangja later in the year.