Northern Ace showed no signs of being any the worse for a six month lay-off as he picked up where he left off last August at Seoul Race Park this afternoon. Just as in his only two outings to date, the colt required nothing more than to be pointed in the right direction to easily see off the rest of the class 4 field. The margin of victory was thirteen lengths without him even being asked to run.
Whether he is back in the classic picture remains to be seen. The first jewel of the Triple Crown, the KRA Cup Mile, is just three weeks away and it may be, like with Nice Choice last year, Seoul’s best horses again skip the Busan leg of the Crown. Regardless of what comes next, the very fact that he is back is good news for race fans across the peninsula.
On a day when there was still a sense of shock in the air following the events of 48 hours ago in Busan, Moon Se Young was the undoubted star. He suffered a bad fall on the same day of Northern Ace’s last run. If it hadn’t happened, he would surely have won last year’s championship. Today he took a big step towards regaining it with four wins in total.
There were co-feature races, one for domestic horses and one for overseas bred horses. In the domestic event, Triple Seven, got the better of Good Day by a length, while in the overseas race, Bold Magic scored his first class 1 win in eleven attempts. He overcame K J Khan and favourite Obaek Yechan to win the ten furlong race by a convincing two and a half lengths.