Day: October 9, 2010

Glorious Gwacheon

Perfect Conditions Greet Minister’s Cup Weekend

Punters have become accustomed to the weather forecast being wrong this year, mostly to their detriment. Today, however, the promised rain never looked like arriving and Seoul Race Park basked in what was possibly the most glorious day of the year.

Choegoro (right) leads on his way to victory at Seoul today

On the track, it was low-key with tomorrow’s Minister’s Cup greatly overshadowing anything today could offer but there was still an entertaining afternoon’s sport for the 40,000 in attendance. Here are the performances of note:

* The feature race ended in victory for Geumgangi. The Munhwa Ilbo Cup winner had disappointed in the Ilgan Sports last month but led wire-to-wire to lead home Yeah Strike and Seon San in the 1900 metre handicap.

* Fourth in the Oaks, Kanui Byeol was expected to get back to winning ways in race 10 today. However, despite being sent off at long odds-on, she was edged out of it on the line as colt Real Victor just got up to claim his third career victory.

* One reputation that was enhanced was that of Choegoro [Exploit – Unzipper (Bio)]. The late starting gelding won in race 7 to take him to two wins from three races. The manner of his victory suggests we’ll be seeing more of him in future.

* Of the imports, US bred filly Lady Hazzy’s [Lightnin ‘N Thunder – Loverofmysoul (Is It True)] was a debut winner in race 6, beating fellow American two-year old filly Our Camp (Forest Camp) into second. Look out for Our Camp though – as soon as she is given an extra furlong, she’ll win.

* Down on Jeju, champion juvenile honours were awarded to Bulbitgunja. The gelding beat out seven fellow two-year old ponies to win Jeju’s most valuable juvenile race.

Sunshine & Shade: In the right places for a perfect day's sport

Racing returns to Seoul tomorrow when it is Minister’s Cup day. Dangdae Bulpae will be favoured to beat Derby winner Cheonnyeon Daero when the field goes to post for the final leg of the 2010 Korean Triple Crown at 5pm. Here’s what’s happening tomorrow:

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