Filly Cruises To Victory in Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup
It looked touch and go for a while, but those of us who doubted Magic Party were put firmly in our place as the two-year old swept to victory in the Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
Sent off odds-on favourite on the strength of a fourteen length stroll last time out, the filly was always well placed but had a fight on her hands as early pace-setter and second favourite Smyth, refused to give way as they hit the home tsraight in the six furlong race. However, under champion jockey Park Tae Jong, Magic Party found another gear and swept past Smyth and Park Byeong Yun in the final half-furlong to take victory by just over a length.
After an impressive run, Smyth held on for third with Sun Hero, who actually holds a win over Magic Party, running into third.
Magic Party looks to have a bright future ahead of her, but it won’t be won’t be in next year’s Classics. She, like second placed Smyth, though born in Korea was conceived elsewhere and therefore doesn’t qualify. Regardless, she’ll have plenty of other opportunities to show her talent.
Gwacheon Mayor’s Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1200M – October 16, 2010
1. Magic Party (KOR) [Artie Schiller – Gigi’s Magic (Allen’s Prospect)] – Park Tae Jong – 1.3, 1.0
2. Smyth (KOR) [Consolidator – Ghostly Gal (Silver Ghost)] – Park Byeong Yun – 1.3
3. Sun Hero (KOR)[Menifee – Strategic Reward (Bold Revenue)] – Moon Se Young – 1.2
Distances: 1.25 lengths/6 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Ugilcheonha 5. Cheonjibaram 6. Queen’s Brown 7. Eocheonmansa 8. Sahara
In other races, there was an impressive debut for another two-year old. US import Mass Media [Mass Media – Tea Pot Joy (Joyeux Danseur)] was sent off odds-on in race 6 and didn’t disappoint as he overwhelmed his rivals to take a six length win without breaking into a gallop.
In the feature handicap, filly Dongbang Rose proved her connections correct in choosing to skip last week’ Minister’s Cup, as she swept to a two length victory over Chowon Dream.
Tomorrow, the two-year old focus switches to Busan and the Gyeongnam Sinmun Cup.
Sunday October 17
Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:30 to 18:00
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:40 to 16:30