Manjeomhwanhui, Hustilled also win as Moon Lands Five
Bally Brae brought ten winless months to an emphatic end at Seoul Race Park this afternoon, cruising to victory in the feature handicap. In doing so, the former Horse of the Year and Grand Prix winner took his career earnings to over One Billion Korean Won.
The eight-year old had shown signs of being back to his old self when staying on to finish third to Dongbanui Gangja at the end of January and today, despite being sent off only second favourite in a field of fourteen, he dominated from the off.
Bouncing out of the gate he took an early lead and never looked like being caught, accelerating away from the field as they entered the home straight. K J Khan got the closest with favourite Baekjeonmupae a further length back in third.
It was a sixteenth career win for Bally Brae. For jockey Moon Se Young, it was the fourth of five winners on the day. Two of them came on potentially classic-bound fillies as Hushtilled and in particular, the exciting Manjeomhwanhui won their respective tests. Manjeomhwanhui [Yehudi – Just A Love Tap (Two Punch)] took the Class 3 race 9 by six lengths and now has four victories from her seven starts.
Also looking good was an imported three-year old. US bred gelding Juamdaegun [Sweetsouthernsaint – Beautiful Beau (Robyn Dancer)] made his third start of his career and gained a second victory, Kim Cheol Ho not needing to do much to get him home seven lengths clear of his nearest rival in the seven furlong race 7.
After what has been a long, hard and very very cold winter, punters were basking in temperatures that were, for the first time for a long time, well above freezing. With Bally Brae, one of Korea’s most popular horses back where he belongs in the winner’s circle, it almost felt like Spring.
Racing returns to Seoul on Sunday when Moon Se Young will be expected to add to his weekend winner haul on Gippeumnuri in the Segye Ilbo Stakes. Busan also hosts a card on what promises to be another day of fascinating action on the track.