Triple Seven returned to form while Special Volpony found hers at last as the pair took home the big prizes in co-feature races at Seoul Race Park this afternoon.
Thinking up various ways of saying “it was very cold” has become tedious but, suffice to say, it was once again extremely cold on a day which saw thirteen races run with last Sunday’s abandoned feature race added to the card. That was Triple Seven’s race and the current Ttukseom Cup holder was back to his best to see off a field containing Oaks runner-up Cheonun and pre-race favourite Blue Pin. Blue Pin managed second but Cheonun was a disappointing sixth.
One race earlier, 12/1 shot Special Volpony scored her first win at class 1 at her first attempt, in the process landing apprentice jockey Park Sang Woo his own first triumph at the elite level. Fourth to Love Cat in the Nonghyup last year, she made the most of a light weight to win by just over a length from outsider Jeokdaejeok. Love Cat and pre-race favourite Lucky Mountain were both well-beaten.
In other races there was a New Zealand exacta in race 10 as Baekjeonjeonseong (Traditionally) – a horse who appears to have at least one too many syllables in his name – got the better of fellow Kiwi born Super Yongwang (Ekraar). Meanwhile much earlier in the day, while it may have taken apprentice jockey Park Jong Hyun seven months to ride her first winner, it hasn’t taken her so long to grab her second. Park guided 16/1 shot Paxgo to victory in race 3.
Also breaking their maidens today were US bred A Wanted Affair (Ten Most Wanted) and Strodes Creek colt Sen Wang. Three year old Sen Wang is one of the last foals to have been sired by Strodes Creek, who died in a paddock accident in January 2008.
Racing returns to the capital on Sunday when it is the big match; Dongbanui Gangja vs Tough Win. Tough Win has just officially been named Horse of the Year for 2010 and he’ll be odds-on to start 2011 on a high. There are eleven races at Seoul from 11:20 to 18:00 and six at Busan from 12:40 to 16:30.