Filly Wins Gyeongnam Sinmun / Jumong Wins at Seoul
Yesterday it was Seoul, today it was the turn of eight of Busan’s top two-year olds to compete for a big prize in the Gyeongnam Sinmun Cup. And at the end of the six furlongs, it was Bulkkot Gisang, who emerged with her unbeaten record intact and her reputation enhanced after leading wire-to-wire for a one-length win.
Gyeongnam Sinmun Cup – Busan Race Park – 1200M – October 17, 2010
1. Bulkkot Gisang (KOR) [Langfuhr – Attendance (A.P. Indy)] – Lim Sung Sil – 4.6, 1.5
2. Beongae Bolt (KOR) [Bellamy Road – Silk Stole (Pulpit)] – Kim Yong Geun – 1.1
3. Secret Whisper (KOR) [Seas Of Secrets – Generals Passion (General Meeting)] – Park Geum Man – 1.7
Distances: 1 length/4 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Heukdujjangun 5. Here The Lady 6. Myeongmun Power 7. Lucky Chief 8. Butterfly
Beongae Bolt was sent off favourite and although the colt finished much the quicker, it was too late to catch Bulkkot Gisang. Pegasus Farm and Peter Wolsley’s Secret Whisper was four lengths back in third.
Just like yesterday at Seoul, we are no closer to learning anything about next year’s classics; all three place-getters were sired overseas and therefore will not be eligible for the big three-year old races. There will still be plenty of opportunities for them to show their talent though Will Bulkkot Gisang be able to go more than 6 furlongs? Will Beongae Bolt avenge this loss? Will Secret Whisper turn out to be better than both of them? Will another, currently unheard of emerge? Those are the wonderful questions we can ponder as the year starts to draw to a close.
Up at Seoul on a beautiful afternoon, the feature race, containing all US-bred horses, was won by three-year old Jumong. Under Moon Se Young, Jumong [Johar – Foreign Aid (Danzig)], a half-brother to Korean superstar Bally Brae, hit the front as the field entered the home straight and kicked on to win by two lengths from Mr. Loving Life and Cheonji Jangsu. It was Jumong’s first win in six attempts at class 1 and his fifth overall from thirteen starts.
In other races, there was an impressive debut for debut-making two-year old Haengun Party (Broken Vow), who landed race 4 while there was a maiden victory for Prime Galloper, one of the last foals by the late sire Strodes Creek, in race 6.
Also winning were the improving Red Monster (Biwa Shinseiki), who made all the running in race 5, and Super Jet who was successul in race 9. Despite winning the HRI Trophy last year, the now five-year old Super Jet (Archer City Slew) has always been somewhat under the radar. Yet with victory today he has now amassed seven wins from twenty starts, sixteen of which have ended in the money.
Meanwhile, back down at Busan, Golden Appeal gave the field a six kilo weight advantage, but still had little difficulty cantering to a four-length victory in the feature handicap. One of the best horses at the track, Golden Appeal (Sharp Appeal) has a record of nine wins from fourteen starts.
So concludes another weekend of racing on the peninsula. There’s more action next week, when the likes of Seonbongbulpae, Top Point, Nice Choice and Gi Ra Seong are slated to be in action at Seoul, while Mister Park, Namdo Jeap, Night Moves and Ganghan Yeoja are entered at Busan.