Hushtilled Blossoms in the Sunshine

Hushtilled won the biggest prize of her career so far and completed a hat-trick of winners for jockey Moon Se Young on a beautiful Spring afternoon at Seoul Race Park.

Hustilled - A winner today

The three year-old filly led the field from gate-to-wire to win the class 3 race 9, run over the Derby and Oaks distance of 1800 metres. Hushtilled, who was second to Seonbongbulpae in last year’s Herald Business Cup, was only recording her third win, but she has never been outside the money in eleven starts.

It was yet another good day for jockey Moon Se Young as he seeks to regain the championship he lost through injury last year. Moon guided another filly, Fortunata to her first ever victory in race 6 and was successful again on Gippeun Sesang in race 8. The Canadian bred Gippeun Sesang [Behrens – Bellus (Saint Ballado)] was breaking his maiden at the twenty-second attempt.

Moon Se Young drives Fortunata, the first of his three winners, to the front

Money Teukgeup was victorious in Seoul’s most valuable race of the day but it was at similarly sunny Busan where the afternoon’s feature race took place. And it was favourite Lucky Dancer who put in a commanding performance to win by nine lengths from Sky Star and Conqueror over 1800 metres. Five-year old Lucky Dancer now has eight wins from eighteen starts.

The sunshine brought out the biggest crowd of the year so far to Seoul Race Park today. With May usually bringing the peninsula’s best weather of the year as well as a host of big races, capped of course by the Derby, hopefully they’ll all be back very soon.

Late cherry blossoms and a busy infield at Seoul Race Park today




    1. Difficult to say – I fear that with three genuine stars in Money Car, Seonbongbulpae and Northern Ace a number of potential starters may be put off in favour of more winnable regular races. The KRA Cup Mile was 100% colts and the Derby could be the same. Of possible fillies, I’d like to see Cheonun given a chance. The only other possibles apart from Hushtilled would be Manjeomhwanhui and Dongbang Rose if connections think she can stay the distance.

      We’ll know next Monday when entries will be out! This Derby is going to be a good one. So long as “the big three” all start, then how Money Car responds if Seonbongbulpae challenges him for the lead on the first corner is going to be fascinating.

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