Second in the Sports Seoul Cup and third in the Korean Oaks, today Dongbang Rose finally landed a big Stakes prize as she snatched victory with a late run in the Nonghyup Chairman’s Cup at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
Sent off the odds-on favourite, the three-year old was kept at the back of the field by jockey Cho Kyoung Ho as outsiders Babble Classic, Magic Collar and Oaks winner Euro Fighter set a fast early pace. Entering the home straight, Cho made his move and he and Dongbang Rose were always travelling well enough to be able to comfortably hold off the challenge of Meotjin Segye and Anseong Chukje in the final furlong
Dongbang Rose now has six wins from ten starts. With Euro Fighter’s unlikely Oaks win looking more and more a flash in the pan and Sports Seoul winner Cheonun currently out of action, she can conceivably claim to be the nation’s top three-year old filly.
For jockey Cho Kyoung Ho, it was a fourth stakes win of the year and his second consecutive win in this race, after his victory on Lucky Mountain last year.
While Cho scored three wins today, there was a milestone of sorts for apprentice jockey Kim Hae Sun. Kim scored the tenth winner of her career with an emphatic victory on two-year old filly Cara Line in race 4.
In that race, three of the five licensed female jockeys at Seoul had rides. Like the others, Kim has never really been given the rides that alllow her to show her talent. When she gets them though, she doesn’t let anybody down.
Down at Busan there were no feature races but there was another win for the burgeoning partnership of Australian trainer Peter Wolsley and Japanese jockey Yoshi Aoki.
The pair combined to win race 1 with the debut-making filly Brave Cougar to continue their recent hot run of form together. Aoki, who is quickly establishing himself as one of the top riders at Busan also recorded two further second-place finishes while fellow Japanese rider Hitomi Miyashita was also amongst the winners with highly rated US-bred filly Queen Of Rain (Lion Heart) scoring in race 3.
NACF Chairman’s Cup – Seoul Race Park – 1800M – November 21, 2010
1. Dongbang Rose (KOR) [Volponi – Night Mary (Strike Gold)] – Cho Kyoung Ho – 1.7, 1.2
2. Meotjin Segye (KOR) [Concept Win – Ch’eon-Goju (Centro)] – Choi Bum Hyun – 1.7
3. Anseong Chukje (KOR) [Exploit – Perdido Wood (Woodman)] – Shin Hyoung Chul – 2.9
Distances: 0.75 lengths/0.75 lengths
Also Ran: 4. Special Volpony 5. Selah 6. Babble Classic 7. Rose Cat 8. Manjeomhwanhui 9. Magic Collar 10. Beomtti 11. Choedayeonseung 12. Euro Fighter 13. Ganghan Speed 14. Wind Crown