For the second consecutive week, a dusty Saturday gave way to a sunny Sunday at Seoul Race Park. While the worst of the latest dust-storm to hit the peninsula came on Friday evening, there was still enough in the air yesterday to make for an unpleasant afternoon.
There were no such worries today though as Seungundaeseung upset Gi Ra Seong and Taesanbukdu to claim the feature Sports Donga Cup. Punters sent Gi Ra Seong off the favourite but it was Yoo Sang Wan on six-year old Seungundaeseung who got the better of a tight finish ahead of Free Woody. Taesanbukdu was third as Gi Ra Seong wilted in the final furlong.
Down at Busan, a small but very competitive field contested the main ten furlong handicap. Highly rated US bred three-year old Captain Sir led for almost the whole race only to be pipped on the line by Seonnyang Yongsa, the Australian bred gelding snatching a second victory of 2010.
Meanwhile, for the fourth consecutive meeting at Busan, all horses from trainer Kim Young Kwan’s stable were scratched.
It was a good day for female riders at both tracks. Seonnyang Yongsa was partnered by Japanese jockey Hitomi Miyashita, scoring her seventeenth winner of the year. Up at Seoul, Lee Ae Li, took race 3 on Victory Camp. For the resurgent Lee, it was a third winner from fifteen rides in March.