Triple Threat

A Choi Bum Hyun ridden closer leaves himself too much to do in the home straight and just fails to catch the winner. Twenty-four hours from now we could be writing this about Dongbanui Gangja. Today, however, it was the turn of Ttukseom Cup winner Triple Seven to fail to do enough in the final furlong as Natural Guy strode to victory in the feature race at Seoul Race Park.

Triple Seven: Suffered third straight defeat

On a day which saw unforecasted torrential rain, Triple Seven finished like a train, but it was too late and the five-year old is now without a win in his last three starts.

Class 1 (Handicap) – Seoul Race Park – 1900M – October 2, 2010

1. Natural Guy (KOR) [Social Charter – Rocky Stream (Reprimand)] – Yoon Tae Hyoug – 3.5, 1.6
2. Triple Seven (KOR) [The Groom Is Red – Impudence (Grand Lodge)] – Choi Bum Hyun – 1.1
3. Baengnyeonbong (KOR) [Al Naba – Sonsovino Art (Mister C.)] – Oh Kyoung Hoan – 2.3

Distances: 1 length/Head – 12 ran

* As for Sunday and the KRA Cup Classic showdown between Champion Dongbanui Gangja and upstart Tough Win, it is so hard to make a case to bet on Dongbanui Gangja. He is still, perhaps the best horse in the race but going against him is the weight – he will carry over four kilos more and also the uncertainty as to whether he will even get round. We don’t usually have to worry about this in a flat race but in his last two starts, Dongbanui Gangja has veered crazily off the racing line.

Presumably his trainer has been working on little else in the two months since his last appearance and it would be wonderful if he could pull off the win and set up a final duel at the Grand Prix in December. However, the head must rule the heart. Tough Win will be favourite but look elsewhere on the board for value. Larrycat could surprise both of them.

Sunday October 3

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:20 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:40 to 16:30

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