Busan Friday Review
In English, his name means “Beautiful Racing” and even though it’s thoroughly coincidental, the Busan Racecourse has a publicity song which has his name in the chorus. Not that anyone involved with that most likely has a clue who he is but today, Areumdaun Jilju returned after an eleven-month lay-off to win the feature race at Busan.
Sent off second favourite in a mile-long race which was led for its early stages by a loose horse after Black Scorpion had thrown his jockey when leaving the starting gate, Areumdaun Jilju stalked leader Mupae Star before reeling him in and overtaking him in the final furlong while favourite Deep Desire closed strongly to grab second.
For Areumdaun Jilju [Didyme – Chills Of Nepal (Nepal)] it was a fifteenth win from twenty-five starts. Now six, he has never finished outside of the money and his return means a welcome addition to the contenders for big honours among Korean-bred horses at Busan.
While most of the country shivered today, down at Busan it was reasonably pleasant as Japanese jockey Toshio Uchida, who had been very quiet since returning to Korea two weeks ago, got back among the winners. “Mr Pink” grabbed race 5 on Good Dream and then the class 1 race 6 with a narrow win on Night Moves (Proud Accolade). The filly, who was champion juvenile with her Breeders’ Cup win last year, got up to beat Tamna Hero and Mulbora by a neck in a blanket finish. Meanwhile, Yoshi Aoki ensured there was a third Japanese victory today as he partnered Real Winner to victory in race 9.
The most visually impressive performance of the day came in the 1300-metre all-foreign bred race 3. Two-year old American born gelding Viva Ace (Macho Uno) was sent off long odds-on favourite and didn’t disappoint as he led wire-to-wire to record a twelve length victory. It was his second win from three starts.
Saurday’s thoroughbred action is at Seoul Race Park where there are twelve races from 11:20 to 17:50 including the Selangor Turf Club Trophy. There is also pony racing on Jeju Island with ten races from 12:10 to 17:30.
* The KRA produces English language Stewards’ Reports for all meetings at Busan – today’s can be downloaded by clicking here.