Day: November 13, 2010

Saturday Round-Up

Bonsol, Geumbi, Lady Hazzys Step-up

It’s the President’s Cup tomorrow, but there was still a competitive afternoon of racing at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.

In co-feature races, there were wins for Bonsol and Geumbi. Earlier this year, Bonsol had been talked about as a possible Classic contender. In the end, the only one of the Triple Crown races he took part in was the Minister’s Cup last month, when he finished a disappointing ninth. Today, however, he made no mistake, as he comfortably dispatched a class 2 field by a length and a half.

Flying Punch and Choi Bum Hyun hit the front in race 5 at Seoul

As for Geumbi (Ecton Park), the three-year old US-bred filly was going into her first race at class 2 with a record of three wins from six starts. She made it four from seven under the floodlights with a dominant performance, leading home second place Gippeum Sesang by eight lengths.

Simple Win: Lady Hazzys

Earlier, promising import Lady Hazzys (Lightnin N’Thunder) had made it two wins from two starts as she breezed to a half-length win from fellow highly thought of two-year old Manchester Miss (Van Nistelrooy) in race 6. On a beautiful afternoon in the Korean capital, Lady Hazzys wasn’t the only grey to win as earlier, three-year old Flying Punch (Volponi) landed his second career victory. It was also a good day for jockey Hiro Hamada. The Japanese rider picked up his third Korean win, taking victory by a nose on Daltanyang in race 7.

Tomorrow it’s the big one. The President’s Cup is underway at 17:00 and is the highlight of an eleven race card at Seoul with the first race at 11:20. Busan also hosts a card with six races from 12:40 to 16:30.

In Sunshine & Shadow: Seoul Racecourse, November 13, 2010