Captain Sir, Sangseung Ilro unplaced as filly triumphs
Useung Geotap was just too quick for everybody else as she cruised to an easy victory in the Gukje Sinmun Cup at Busan Race Park this afternoon. Bursting out of the gate, she never let any of her eleven rivals get close to her, loping away for a three-length win from Crafty Louis.
Pre-race favourite Captain Sir came home a disappointing seventh. He followed the filly out of the gate but tired badly in the home straight. Last year’s Derby winner Sangseung Ilro was one of a number of horses dropping back to seven furlongs in search of the big prize the Gukje Sinmun offered. But although she rallied late on, she ran out of track and out of time to make a significant challenge finishing fifth.
Yeongung Manse was the best placed Korean bred horse. Winner of last year’s Governor’s Cup, the five-year old finished third. Useung Geotap arrived in Korea last May and now, with six wins from eight starts looks well on the way to challenging for Champion filly honours.
Gukje Sinmun Cup – Busan Race Park – 1400M – May 2, 2010
1. Useung Geotap (USA) [Dehere – Answer To Me (Peteski)] – Jo Sung Gon – 5.7, 2.1
2. Crafty Louis (USA) [Louis Quatorze – Crafty Atlantic (Crafty Prospector)] – Jo Chang Wook – 1.4
3. Yeongung Manse (KOR) [Sharp Appeal – Saratogasplash (Wild Again)] – Chae Gyu Jun – 4.1
Distances: 3 lengths/1.75 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Jilju Hara; 5. Sangseung Ilro; 6. Jungwon Jepae; 7. Captain Sir; 8. New World Record; 9. Cheogo Beoltong; 10. Angle Slam; 11. Smart As Me; 12. Rolling On Strong
Up at Seoul Race Park, a bumper crowd of in excess of 60,000 took advantage of the warmest day of the year so far to try their hand at some punting. And a lot of them would have come unstuck in the feature race when long odds-on favourite Brothers unseated jockey Choi Bum Hyun as the stalls opened. Second favourite Super Jet took full advantage and landed the prize.
It was a mixed day for Moon Se Young. The jockey increased his lead at the top of the overall standing with three winners from the first four races but the suffered a hand injury while being thrown off Winning Scan in yet another starting stall incident (the third this weekend) in race 6. Although he recovered sufficiently to guide Winning Scan to third place, he had to give up the remainder of his rides.
His loss was Choi Won Joon’s gain and the young rider made the most of his opportunity on Saeroungmaun in the all-filly race 8. Choi was completing a double having earlier won the race, riding Seungniuijewang, in which Moon was injured.