On another cold day of racing in the Korean capital, it was five-year old Necromancer who ran out winner of the feature Handicap. The Japanese bred gelding beat out a competitive field of fourteen to win by three lengths under jockey Park Tae Jong.
Bally Brae’s little brother Jumong was sent off as favourite for the ten furlong main event but he struggled to make any impression as Necromancer [Air Eminem – I Am The Filly (Symboli Rudolf)] took the lead two furlongs out and cruised home ahead of Dr. Twobillion (Eddington) and Victory Town (Delaware Township). It was only the fifth win of Necromancer’s twenty-five race career and his second at class 1.
While it was another sub-zero day, the lack of any wind made conditions far more pleasant than they had been a week ago and a healthier Saturday crowd was on hand for a day of relatively low-key racing. There was little action on the three-year old front as although Mustang King (Menifee) put in a good performance in race 5 to record his second win from five starts but neither his time nor opposition suggested that he’ll be among the favourites on the Derby trail.
Meanwhile, champion jockey Cho Kyoung Ho was the pick of the riders, landing a treble while Yang Hee Jin scored a rare double. Meanwhile Kim Hae Sun continued her solid start to 2011 by winning on Blue Charming in race 3, her only mount of day.
Racing returns to Seoul on Sunday with an eleven race card from 11:20 to 18:00. Down at Busan there are six races from 12:40 to 16:30. Last year’s Ttukseom Cup winner Triple Seven faces Oaks runner-up Cheonun in Seoul’s feature while Areumdaun Jilju and Yeonseung Daero headline co-features at Busan.