Mister Park cruises while Dangdae Bulpae puts in a shift to defeat the imports
Well that was nice and impressive but it doesn’t tell us a whole lot. Grand Prix Champion Mister Park was sent off the long odds-on favourite in the first of two feature races at Busan this afternoon. And despite taking a wander across the track in the home straight, he led the field of his fellow Korean bred horses home by twelve lengths to record his thirteenth straight victory.
One race later, another Korean bred horse Dangdae Bulpae took on the same distance but against foreign bred horses. He too won, albeit by just a head from the much faster finishing Dudeurim and now has ten wins from his fifteen starts. He recorded a faster time than Mister Park for the nine furlongs – he needed too as the competition was much stronger.
At this stage, it is hard to begrudge the connections of Mister Park (Ecton Park) taking out some relatively easy races. Having been born in Korea, but sired elsewhere, he wasn’t eligible for the big three year old races last year. Dangdae Bulpae (Biwa Shinseiki) meanwhile cleaned up in the Gyeongnam Governor’s, Minister’s and President’s Cups last autumn and already has 1 Billion won of prize money to his name. Mister Park, despite having been beaten only on his debut, has won 300 Million less.
On the one occasion the two have met so far, Dangdae Bulpae didn’t stay the distance. Mister Park, a winner at all distances from 1000 metres to the Grand Prix’s 2300 metres, gets everything. Connections deserve their prizes, but hopefully greater challenges await this remarkable gelding later on this year. It is unusual for the top Korean bred horses to regularly run against the best imports – Yeonseung Daero is a notable and creditable exception – but it is good for the horse as they carry less weight in the handicap, and great for the sport.
It’s unusual for Busan to take the spotlight on a Sunday but with Mister Park and Dangdae Bulpae, it certainly did today. By contrast, it was a low-key day in the capital where the co-feartire races were both class 2 events. In the first of these, six year old Jeil Beonjjeok (Road Of War) scored a very rare win and in doing so, enhanced the reputation of young jockey Kim Hae Sun as she secured the biggest winner of her short career so far. One race later, favourite Hushtilled (Distilled) got the better of an all filly and mare field to record a two length win.
Racing returns next weekend!