Aussie Trainer and Japanese Jockey combine at Busan
It was a cracking Friday at Busan for Peter Wolsley as the Australian trainer saddled a remarkable four winners. To add to the international success, three of those were ridden by Japanese jockey Yoshiyuki Aoki.
The pair combined for the first time in race 1 where Wolsley’s highly rated two-year old gelding Optimus [Fine N’Majestic – Cat Beluga (Hennesy)] was amking his racecourse debut. Punters were ready for him, backing him into an unbettable 1.1 on the tote and he duly obliged by six lengths. Indeed, Optimus was a triumph all round for Korean racing’s international contingent, his owner being the Peter Hill headed Pegasus Farm.
Improving colt Pnata Rhei (Stormy Atlantic) provided their next success, in race 3 before they paired up again with US bred filly I Am Cruising (Value Plus) to land race 8. In between those, Wolsley had another winner in the shape of the difficult to pronounce but very exciting three-year old colt Gyeongkwaehanjilju (Tapit). It was the grey’s third win from four starts.
It was Wolsley’s most successful day in his nearly three years at Busan. The fact that all four winners were sent off favourite – two of them long-odds on show the kind of quality that is now in his stable. It hasn’t always been like that. Just as new foreign jockeys generally get the no-hopers to ride, so Wolsley wasn’t awash with Grand Prix Stakes contenders. The winners started to come though and today’s quartet takes him to a total of 75 winners from just shy of 450 starters.
In his stable now, apart from today’s two up-and-comers, he has a competitive set of horses. Pegaus has four in training with him while he handles five for Isidore Farm – another foreign headed Jeju outfit. Among those is Ganghan Yeoja, the filly who has won her last three races. Other class 1 horses in Wolsley’s care are 2008 Derby winner Ebony Storm and 2009 contender Impeccable as well as stalwarts Khaosan, Suryeohan and Yeoreumbi who, to cap a magnificent day, managed a third place finish in this afternoon’s feature race.
Both Isidore and Pegasus are among those owners who’ve sent horses to Busan’s newest overseas trainer, American Joe Murphy, who has fifteen horses in training.
* To cap a bad day for the local jockey’s union, Hitomi Miyashita ensured that four of the ten races went to Japanese riders by landing race 9 on High Best.