While snow has been more common of late, today the whole of the Korean peninsula saw its first rainfall for quite some time. And a lot of rain it was too as the cards at both Seoul and Busan were run in torrential conditions.
Not that a lot of the horses seemed to mind as Baekjeonmupae , fresh from defeating Tough Win and Dongbanui Gangja, continued his rich vein of form by taking out the first of co-feature races in the capital. The New Zealand bred six-year old swept wide of the field to claim victory in the seven furlong handicap by a commanding four length margin from outsider Bugmyeongsingong.
Baekjeonmupae (Anziyan) moves onto twelve career victories but from the same race, a special mention must go to Bally Brae (Yarrow Brae). The 2007 Grand Prix winner and former Horse of the Year is a shadow of his former self but is still healthy and in racing shape. Today he was just beaten out of third place by a neck by Kahnui Jeonseol but took fourth and with it his first money win since May last year.
In the second co-feature, last year’s champion filly and mare Love Cat was sent off as favourite, but it was Suseong TX who took the honours by overhauling long-time leader Natural Guy in the final furlong.
Down at Busan where the weather was equally wet and wild, the feature race went the way of six year old mare Daejaui Yeosin (Impeachment) who got the better of a photo finish with Mystery Boy (Ecton Park) at the end of the mile long handicap.
Earlier at Busan, there was a win for three year old Useung Touch. The Menifee filly grabbed a surprise third in the Breeders’ Cup last November and won on her season debut in January. While yet to be tested around two turns, she is a possible Classic entrant later in the year. Another yet to be tested at two turns is exciting American import Viva Ace (Macho Uno). He was sent off odds-on favourite today but came unstuck over 1500 metres as 30/1 shot Northern Diva (Northen Afleet) took the honours in the class 2 race 5.
So concludes February’s racing on the peninsula, we’re back next week!