Grey Goes Down to Triple Seven / No Success for Jumong
Baekgwang just gave himself too much to do in the big race at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. The popular grey slumped to defeat at the hands of Triple Seven after running into too much traffic as he tried to launch his usual home straight charge.
Sent off long odds-on favourite, Baekgwang dawdled as usual through the early stages as the field allowed outsider Rich Family to open up a ten length lead on them in the back straight. As they bunched together turning for home, Park Tae Jong on Baekgwang found himself having to go around too many horses before being able to sprint for home.
In the meantime Choi Beom Hyun on Triple Seven, who was given a clear run, hit the front and was able to open up a big lead. Once Baekgwang finally got running there was just a furlong to go and he still had seven horses in front of him. He got to all but one; Triple Seven holding on for the win by a length.
His fast-finishing style is part or what makes Baekgwang so popular (that and being a grey) but today it was his downfall. Nevertheless every race he runs in is guaranteed to be exciting.
Another horse running into traffic problems was US import Jumong [Johar – Foreign Aid (Danzig)]. The three-year old half-brother to Subsidy and Soseono was going for his third straight win in the class 2 race 9 but had trouble getting past the tiring front-runner Photo Map. By the time he did, he had a race well and truly on his hands and it was six-year old Key To Success who held off the young pretender to take victory.
One of very few British bred horses racing in Korea, Key To Success [Mujahid – Shining Cloud (Indian Ridge)] was recording just his second win from thirty-five starts. He’s come close plenty of times though with eleven other placed finishes to his name. Meanwhile, with better luck, Jumong – sent off at 5/1 on today – will surely be back in the winner’s enclosure soon.
Tomorrow there’s action at both Seoul and Busan. Seoul has eleven races between 11:20 and 18:00, while Busan has six events from 12:40 to 16:30.