Aussie Mare Lands Owners’ Cup / Sangseung Ilro Wins KNN Cup
A barnstorming late run saw Aussie bred Serendipper crowned top filly or mare in Seoul in the Seoul Racecourse Owners’ Association Trophy (“Owners’ Cup”) at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
In an open betting race, Lucky Mountain was sent off the slight favourite but she rarely featured as JRA Trophy winner Gippeumnuri set the early pace. Second favourite Love Cat was well-placed throughout but it was five-year old Serendipper, under Kim Ok Sung who came wide of the field in the home straight to pass them all and take victory by just over a length.
Serendipper [Danewin – Coppelius (Pleasant Colony)] has been a consistent money earner but a rare winner since making her debut three years ago. Her previous biggest payday came with a second place finish in the YTN Cup in 2008 but she had hit the wire in first place just three times in twenty-seven outings prior to today.
For veteran jockey Kim Ok Sung – known as the “smile jockey” for the Cheshire Cat grin he constantly wears – it was arguably his biggest win since landing the Grand Prix back in 1996. And the day got even better for the 43 year-old who’s only recently back from a 10 meeting ban – after the presentation, he got straight back out on the track and won race 10 on unfancied Choedaepungsok.
SROA Trophy G.III – Seoul Race Park – 2000M – June 12, 2010
1. Serendipper (AUS) [Danewin – Coppelius (Pleasant Colony)] – Kim Ok Sung – 8.2, 2.5
2. Gippeumnuri (USA) [Eurosilver – Regatta Queen (Danzig Connection)] – Ham Wan Sik – 2.6
3. Love Cat (KOR) [Creek Cat – Love Cue (Curia Regis)] – Cho Kyoung Ho – 1.5
Distances: 1.25 lengths/1 length
Also Ran: 4. Lucky Mountain; 5. Jangjagang; 6. Pocketful Of Money; 7. Daehyo; 8. Sky Center; 9. Gamdonguijumal; 10. Soseono
It was also a big day down at Busan as nine of the best domestic bred horses at the track – among them three Classic winners – met in the KNN Cup. And it was a repeat of the result from the first two legs of the 2009 Triple Crown as Sangseung Ilro put in a late burst to get the better of stablemate and long time rival Namdo Jeap.
Last year’s Champion Juvenile Night Moves had set the early pace in the mile-long test but she faded in the straight as the four-year olds came by. 2009 Busan Owners’ Cup winner Yeonseung Daero was sent off favourite but, just as in the classics last year, he couldn’t get close to Sangseung Ilro or Namdo Jeap, eventually finishing a disappointing sixth. Further down the field was Namdo Jeap’s half-brother (through their dam Wandering Katie [Tejano]) 2008 KRA Cup Mile winner Rainmaker who was making his first racecourse appearance for nearly a year.
KNN Cup – Busan Race Park – 1600M – June 13, 2010
1. Sangseung Ilro (KOR) [Concept Win – Ms. Whiskey (Whiskey Wisdom)] – Jo, Sung Gon – 2.8, 1.3
2. Namdo Jeap (KOR) [FT. Stockton – Wandering Katie (Tejano)] – Gu Min Sung – 2.7
3. Lucky Dancer (KOR) [Fiercely – Ocean Dream (Mohamed Abdu)] – Kim Yong Geun – 2.1
Distances: 1.25 lengths/0.5 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Yeongung Manse; 5. Annika Queen; 6. Yeonseung Daero; 7. Rainmaker; 8. Night Moves; 9. Procyon